Selina Kyle is doing everything she can to take care of her younger sister, Maggie, who has cystic fibrosis. With no parents in sight, it is Selina’s responsibility to make sure Maggie has access to all the tests, drugs and doctors available. But being 17 and living in the East End, Selina works in the underbelly of Gotham City for Carmine Falcone to make some quick cash. When she is recruited by Talia al Ghul, Selina’s path to becoming the infamous Catwoman unfolds.
I was originally planning to do a mini-review of this book for next Monday’s post. But, I have a lot of feelings about this read. So, here we are.
Okay, *takes a deep breath* this book and I got off on the wrong foot. The writing irked me from the get-go. The “that Latina girl” and “that Asian girl” got on my nerves. Because they weren’t main characters (not even supporting ones), and I felt the author only used them for diversity points. They appear for a hot second, and have maybe one speaking line between them. If that.
Anyway, the story itself is actually okay. We see a lot of familiar characters from within the DC universe. A LOT. (I couldn’t pinpoint any new major character introductions). Selina works alongside and befriends Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. It was all very interesting. Especially as there seems to be a bit of a one-sided romance between the latter two. And of course there has to be a love interest for Selina. He comes in the form of Luke Fox and his brown skin, aka Batwing. (The number of times Maas refers to his skin color is way too much. And don’t get me started on how many times Selina’s white skin and blond hair are brought up. Seriously.).
I know this book will appeal to a ton of people. But honestly, it annoyed me. My expectations were a bit different, I guess. I’ve read Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Batman: Nightwalker, so was expecting a story of a similar strain. Which is completely unfair of me. I acknowledge that. Besides, this story was a bit familiar. Probably because I’ve watched every single episode of Arrow, and a similar plot device was used there. So… um yeah.
I didn’t go into everything that irked me in this review haha. Batwing’s portrayal, the stereotypes(!), the lack of plot in at least 75% of the book, the ending(!!) … the list goes on. I was very excited to read this book but boy was I disappointed. Was I entertained though? Yes, yes I was.
Anyway, writing this is only upsetting me and making me seriously rethink my Goodreads rating. If I wanted to read about a special snowflake (because Catwoman has NO flaws: a gifted gymnast, a genius in school, an undefeated fighter…) I would have picked up Nancy Drew (which I always excuse as a product of its time). Ugh. Okay. I’m done.