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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release date – 2nd January 2018
I was insanely excited to start reading this book, and with insane excitement comes insane anxiety. What if it isn’t as good as I hoped? What if I hate it? Worse, what if every person on the planet likes it apart from me?These were the thoughts going through my head once I stopped squealing like a pig at my parents because oh my god I got an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads!
And, well, my friends, I’m happy to report that I bloody LOVED this book.
After making a stupid and impulsive mistake on his eighteenth birthday, Bruce Wayne is sentenced to community service work at Gotham’s notorious Arkham Asylum, home to the most dangerous criminals in the city. While most of the female inmates simply jeer him, and others simply threaten to ‘carve’ him, one inmate catches Bruce’s interest; Madison Wallace, murderer, hacker, manipulator, and barely a day older than Bruce himself. And as Bruce has more conversations with Madison, he needs to discern whether what she says is the truth – or if she’s simply targeting him next.
Bruce is a good main character. He’s clever and witty and has a big heart. But the real star of this show? Madison. Madison fucking Wallace had me riveted.
She literally enthralled me. Whenever she spoke she actually made me nervous, and I just couldn’t stop reading. I don’t know how Marie Lu did it, but the intelligence and the downright danger of Madison just seeped from the page. I can’t even put into words how much I loved Madison. She’s a total enigma; wickedly clever, playful one minute and dangerous the next.
I’m in awe.
She kept Bruce (and me) guessing constantly. Even if this book had a shitty plot and shitty writing, I still probably would have given it 4 stars because of Madison alone.
I also loved Bruce’s relationship with Alfred. My brother and I always loved Alfred growing up (he’s pretty freaking badass), and he didn’t disappoint here. Whenever he and Bruce so much as looked at each other my heart swelled.
Okay, so I haven’t read a Marie Lu book in a good few years. I read Legend, loved it, and then started on Prodigy but I didn’t manage to get it finished before I went into hospital, and I can’t really remember a great deal of the writing. But the writing in Nightwalker? Addictive. Simply addictive. This is one of those books for me that you can start reading in broad daylight, then look up seemingly 5 minutes later and it’s pitch dark outside. Amazing.
Even if you aren’t a massive batman fan, I would highly recommend this book. It’s not very long, only 250 pages, but it never felt rushed. Don’t get me wrong, I could have read over 100 more pages about Madison alone, but I don’t feel dissatisfied, like I do after some of the shorter books that I read.
All in all, a brilliant addition to the DC Icons series! Leigh Bardugo definitely set the bar high after Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but Marie Lu has risen to the challenge! And that teaser at the end of the book for Sarah’s Catwoman book? Just take my money. Please. I’m not above begging.
*I received an ARC of this book from Penguin Random House; all thoughts are my own*