“As the train neared the tunnel, she smoothly slid onto her back and vanished into the underground. A queen returning to her underworld.”
Rating: 2/5 stars
When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
I was so freaking excited to read something from SJM that wasn’t ACOTAR or TOG related….but this was just a no from me. As problematic as Sarah is, she is still one of my favorite authors because I love her world building, how she can weave a plot like no other, and the complexity to her characters. I wasn’t even nervous over the fact that I’m really not into the whole superhero thing (I literally know nothing about Catwoman) because I figured SJM wouldn’t let me down, but homegirl did in fact, LET ME DOWN.
First of all, do you guys understand the amount of potential this had for Luke Fox and Selina Kyle (a.k.a Holly Vanderhees) to be lovers who play cat and mouse with each other’s alter egos?! It could have been epic and so incredibly hot, but instead it was so lukewarm and insta-lovey, especially from Luke’s POV. INSTA LOVE IN A SJM NOVEL IS PRACTICALLY A CRIME. There were no drawn out lust-y or angsty scenes, it was so medicore that it physically hurt knowing this was a SJM novel. I never thought I would be upset over the romance in one of her novels, but here we are. Luke Fox, was an interesting character for me. I enjoyed his backstory about being a Marine and his struggles with PTSD, but that’s about it. Everything else just seemed so forced into the story.
Also, the plot, or lack there of? The story starting off really promising, Selina is the primary caretaker of her ill sister. Their mother is absent from their lives so Selina does what she needs to do in order to keep her sister alive, the rent paid, and their stomachs barely fed. However, the story then quickly turns into a brief explanation of Selina being whisked off to an elite school where she will receive training to essentially become Catwoman. All the talk about Selina’s sister is never mentioned again until the very end of the story where it’s so flimsily tied back to the beginning. So disappointing. The world building was also NOT what I’m used to in a SJM novel. It was barely even there and again, I just feel like there could have been so much potential in that aspect too but it totally fell short.
I did enjoy the banter between Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Selina, but unfortunately that’s really not enough to carry a story. It did, however, makes this a lot more enjoyable for me. I also enjoyed the mention and small role of the Joker in this, since he’s the main villain I’m familiar with out of all of these stories.
“Selina Kyle blew out a long breath as she lifted her chin and stepped into the sound and the light and the wrath.
Let the bloodying begin.”
“This time, someone would come looking. Hopefully, they’d want to play.”
“Love—as venomous as one of Ivy’s plants.”
All in all, this was definitely another bummer for me and not the SJM I’m used too, but if you like all the Marvel/DC movies/comics this may still be a hit for you!
Until next time,