Is that Cinderella’s castle?! Why yes, yes it is. I recently went on a trip to Disney and the only book I brought along, to be read on the flights only cause um.. Disney World, was Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu the second in the DC Icons series. I was so excited to get this book when it came out that it was a wonder I waited until my trip to read it. Batman is my ALL time favorite super hero. I have always loved the comics, shows, and movies. I love all the villains and heros that make up the city of Gotham. That is why it really saddens me to say I was completely underwhelmed by this book and only rate it 3 stars. Quite honestly I think its only that high just for the sole reason that this is a Batman book and I didn’t have the heart to rate it lower.
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
As I said, I was super excited to dive into this Batman book brought to life by an author I love. What I soon found was a book that lacked any emotional depth. It felt like the bones of the story with none of the meat. I didn’t connect to any of the characters because none of them had any personality what so ever. Bruce Wayne didn’t even feel like Bruce Wayne. He felt like a typical YA male character caring so much about family and friends and was almost overly sympathetic and emotional I want to say? Now, I understand this is meant to be YA and Bruce isn’t even really Batman yet. But I genuinely think this would have been better had he been Batman and he had a bit more of that “dark” side in him.
The other aspect of this read that really frustrated me was the romance. Talk about forced. It was the most cringe worthy romance I have read in awhile. It made absolutely no sense what so ever and was incredibly rushed. This whole book really made me wonder if they just forced these writers into the DC Icons series just for marketing reasons and didn’t give the authors the time needed to really write as well as they could have normally.
For things I did like. I did like some of the twists toward the end and I did like the motives. I felt in Wonder Woman, the first in DC Icons, the motive was ridiculous, so this one actually felt believable. I also liked the introduction of some of Wayne Tech’s gadgets. Of course being a Batman nerd the nods to other famous characters made me happy, seeing their names in the book was pretty fun. I don’t have many more positives than that and that makes me kind of sad.
Overall this is a really short book so definitely pick it up for a quick read, but don’t expect much of a story or a connection to any characters.