No matter how hard I wanted to hate Catwoman: Soulstealer, I couldn't muster the outrage because...surprise surprise, it was actually really good.
Although there's an attempt at the empowerment platitudes that have recently become so popular in YA, it can't hold up a stale, lazy plot that insults readers' intelligence.
As one character memorably tells Lada Dracul before leaving her for the last time: It has been an honour.
Miller's Patroclus is not a charismatic protagonist. He has little talent or gravitas, and is more likely to shy from a crowd than to embrace it. That's exactly what makes him such a powerful narrator.
Although the lack of innovation may feel underwhelming, Sally Green hits on the high points of YA fantasy and smooths out the rough bits with her compelling, intensely readable style to deliver an above average novel.