Book Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (Global Blog Tour)

29749090Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: January 2nd 2018
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 272
Date Read: January 12, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superhero
ISBN: 9780525578567
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

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.


Review

I would like to thank Penguin Random House International for including me in this global blog tour and  for providing a finished copy for me to read.

This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also, my review format is this: First few paragraphs would be my thoughts on the book, whether I like it or not. The second half would be a little bit of discussion on what happened in the book but not to the point that I spoil something.

If you know me well, or if you’re following me on my social media accounts, you know that I’m a huge fan of Marie Lu. She’s one of my favorite authors and The Young Elites (along with The Rose Society and The Midnight Star) are my favorite fantasy books of all time. I also loved Warcross!!! Batman: Nightwalker – her newest book, is my first book of 2018 and I’m happy to say that I also enjoyed it! Marie Lu can do no wrong.

Batman: Nightwalker is fast-paced, a page-turner for sure, and very entertaining read. From Lu’s writing to the story of a young Bruce Wayne, all kinds of factor made me really enjoy reading this book. I mean it’s a book about one of my favorite superheroes written by my favorite author??!! What could go wrong? That’s just crazy and amazing to think that Marie Lu got to write a novel about one of the DC’s icon and that is the Batman.

A few pages in, and I’m already hooked. Marie Lu’s writing never fail to make me interested by just reading a few pages from the beginning. Bruce Wayne’s story in this book is very intriguing since I don’t really know about his story when he was just a teenager. I don’t really read comic books that often.

I love the characters. I really like that Bruce is always ready to help even though he’s not really the perfect guy for the job, but then he succeeds in the end because of his bravery and determination. But he’s stubborn too which makes it balanced. Alfred, on this book, is still the same Alfred I know and loved from different stories out there. He’s always there for Bruce no matter what and he’s a really great father figure to him. I just love their relationship as a family you know. With Madeleine Wallace, I didn’t like at her first as a character and her growing relationship with Bruce. I mean Madeleine is a murderer, so how can she possibly like her? But as the story progresses and we got to know the backstory of this mysterious girl, I appreciate her more as a character. Richard started out as a very annoying character, but as I got to know his story, I really don’t hate him. Dianne and Harvey are such great friends to Bruce Wayne. I love them. Also, Dianne is a Filipino character in this book and that made me really happy since I’m Filipino.

This book is fast-paced and full of page-turner moments. Well, I don’t get to finished this book in one sitting. I actually read it for days based on my goodreads but I’m not actually reading it every single day since I’m very busy with school works. But when I got the chance to read it, I managed to read it fast, at least in that manner. Anyway, I really love Marie Lu’s take on a young Bruce Wayne story. It was very intriguing and fresh. I would love to read a sequel though. I mean another batman book by Marie Lu would be great.

Also, I bought the audiobook format of this book on Audible and I’m pleased. The narrator, Will Damron, did a fantastic job narrating the book especially with the Alfred dialogues! The way he talks as Alfred really do sound like Alfred from the movies. Well at least the Alfred from the DCEU. I had a fun time listening some parts of the book when I don’t really have the time to read the physical copy.

Kudos to Marie Lu for another great book and congratulations because it’s another bestseller!!

Have you already read Batman: Nightwalker? If so, share your thoughts on it on the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts.


Rating

★★★★★

F I V E   O U T   O F   F I V E   S T A R S


Also, don’t forget to check out the reviews of the other participants for this global blog tour:

January 9: Serial Bibliophile in Puerto Rico
January 9: The Royal Polar Bear Reads in the Philippines
January 9: Drizzle and Hurricane Books in France
January 10: A Bookaholic Swede in Sweden
January 10: Chasing Fairy Tales in Sri Lanka
January 10: Book Dust Magic in Croatia
January 11: YA Books Central in Mexico
January 11: Green Tea and Paperbacks in the Netherlands
January 11: Twelve Pale Roses in Singapore
January 12: Salma Agroudy in Egypt
January 12: Book Wormaniac in the Philippines
January 12: Bookish Fanboy in the Philippines (ME!!!)
January 13: Bearnedette in Germany
January 13: The Reader Lines in El Salvador
January 13: Le Book Worm in Qatar
January 14: Utopia State of Mind in Germany
January 14: Muggle Books in the Philippines
January 14: The Bookish Word in Egypt
January 15: RachaelRexds in Singapore
January 15: Carina’s Books in Norway
January 15: Home of a Book Lover in the Philippines
January 16: Wild Writing Life in Germany
January 16: The Bookish Bookkeeper in the Philippines
January 16: Books on Fire in Germany
January 17: Lax Sourire in Malaysia
January 17: Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them in Germany
January 17: The Nocturnal Fey in the Philippines
January 17: Genie Reads in the Philippines
January 18: Metal and the Geek in Germany
January 18: Blackplume in the Philippines
January 18: She Loves to Read in Pakistan
January 19: Feed your Head in Brazil
January 19: Kath Reads in Germany
January 19: Ruby’s Books in Italy

 


About The Author

 DSC_2786smMarie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Find me on the internet:

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