Blog Tour Review: Batman : Nightwalker, Marie Lu

There are no spoilers in this review.

A million thanks to Penguin Random House International for hosting the Batman:Nightwalker blog tour and for sending me a review copy of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my opinion on this book.

I’m going to be completely honest here, even if it scares me a little bit to actually write this down. Okay, I’m going to say it. I am not too familiar with Batman’s story. I am not too familiar with superheroes stories in general – unlike many people, I haven’t devoured superheroes stories when I was little and grew up falling in love with Batman, Superman, Catwoman and Wonder-Woman, for instance.

That being said, I knew that, given the amazing opportunity to read and review a book about Batman, I had to take it. Why, you ask? The story of Batman appealed to me, in some way. I was intrigued about this young man, having lost his parents, somehow getting mixed up with criminals and turning his whole life around. Also, the fact that this book is written by Marie Lu, an author probably soon becoming a favorite of mine… I had to discover this story in some way. And boy, I am glad I did. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

GREAT CHARACTERS…ESPECIALLY THE VILLAIN??!

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β€œYou have a heavy heart, for someone with everything.”

I expected a Batman story to be action-packed, thrilling, a book I couldn’t stop reading only because I had to know what happened next. It was. There was a lot of tension, when I hit the half-mark, I couldn’t stop reading and just devoured the rest of the book. Marie Lu does know how to keep her readers wanting more and I will forever admire her for that.

That being said, it’s not the action that wins me over, in a book. It’s the characters. I was thrilled to meet Bruce, this teenage billionaire still getting over his parents’ death, always following his instinct. He was a strong, stubborn character and I loved his determination thorough the story, always wanting to do what’s right. Yet, even if he was the main character, he wasn’t my favorite: somehow, I loved Madeleine a little bit more. She was such a complex villain. SHE was the one keeping us on my toes as I read, the one I wanted to know more about, the one I eagerly waited scenes with. Smart, mysterious, Madeleine was overall one bad-ass character and I loved the slow build up of her back-story, until the revelations towards the end.
The chemistry between her and Bruce was addictive, in a strange kind of way: I loved the scenes they shared, the conversations they had, the tension between them and conflicted feelings they both had given that they are sitting on opposite camps.

“This story can’t end happily for us.”

The rest of the cast was also great, even if some characters got to shine a little more than others. I loved Dianne, one of Bruce’s best friends, I also loved Alfred, Bruce’s awesome and very British guardian. I wish we could have known a bit more about some key characters in the story, especially Richard and Harvey. If we got some back-stories for the both of them, I felt like they were not as explored as they could have been, unfortunately.

A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN WORLD-BUILDING AND ACTION

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It looked like a place worth protecting.
It looked like home.

For a superheroes story, Batman was not as dark as I imagined it to be. If you’re thinking about picking this up for a wild ride, do it. If you’re thinking about picking this up, expecting non-stop action and fights and so on… I would really advice you to find another book. Marie Lu takes her time building the world Bruce lives in, exploring the new, fascinating technologies of this world and setting the relationships between the characters as well. I wouldn’t say it was NOT a book with a lot of action – there was, but there also was, for me, the perfect balance between building-up the situation and the big action towards the end. Also, to be honest, I did not mind that it was not as bloody as I expected it to be, I loved it all the more for it.

If there is something that made me a little sad about Batman: Nightwalker, it probably was the fact that I saw the ending coming a little bit (meaning: the plot twist with one particular character). Yet, it was still a very addictive story.

OVERALL

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Overall, Batman was not the kind of book I expected to enjoy, yet I had a great time reading it. I did not know the original Batman story too well and, to be honest, I am happy not to play the comparison game this way, making this Marie Lu retelling a great first look at Batman’s story. Action-packed, filled with thrilling moments and one incredible and complex antagonist, it’s a book I’d recommend.

Final rating:Β  4 drops!

Trigger warnings: a bit of violence & blood, but nothing too graphic.


Marie Lu, Batman: Nightwalker, Β Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, January 2nd, 2018, ISBN: 9780525578567

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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.

Did you read Batman: Nightwalker? Do you want to read it?

How do you feel about superheroes stories? Love them, hate them? Did you read superheroes retellings yet? Let me know in comments!

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57 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: Batman : Nightwalker, Marie Lu

  1. Oh thank god I am not the only one that’s not familiar with Batman’s story. I know a little but Batman wasn’t ever my favorite DC character. When I heard that Marie Lu was writing this though I knew I had to read it. I am actually waiting on my copy to get here where I won it in a giveaway. Hopefully soon. Wonderful review as always πŸ™‚

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    1. I AM SO HAPPY YOU SAID THIS πŸ™ˆ I felt a bit ashamed to admit it haha, glad I am not the only one. It was great to read a bit about Batman in this book, I really enjoyed the story! And Marie Lu is such an amazing writer. I’d read anything she writes.
      I hope you will enjoy it when you get your copy! Thank you πŸ˜€

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  2. Great review for this book Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀️ I have always loved superhero stories but I’ve never been a fan of Batman, he’s actually my least favourite superhero. Still I’ve been hearing great things about Nightwalker (especially when it comes to the characters) so I’m feeling more and more positive that I’m going to love this book when I get around to it. Plus it’s been written by Marie Lu so that should be enough to tell me I won’t be able to put this one down until I’ve finished it! πŸ˜€
    It’s a shame you saw the ending twist/reveal coming, but it doesn’t sound like it spoiled your overall enjoyment of the story which is great to hear. πŸ™‚
    Again great review, and you’ve definitely made me more excited for this one! πŸ˜€ ❀️

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    1. I have a feeling you’d enjoy this one, Beth – especially because of Madeleine’s character. I don’t know why, but I feel like you could love her as much as I did somehow?
      I am happy to hear you’re going to be reading it, and yes, Marie Lu is an incredible author overall, she did once again a great job here with world-building and characters πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Beth!! πŸ˜€

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      1. Well I certainly hope so, I feel like she’s already my favourite character just based on what you’ve said about her in your review. πŸ˜€
        Yep, not sure when I’ll get around to this one but hopefully soon. I have a copy on my shelves so you never know. πŸ™‚
        That’s all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  3. So let’s see: Marie Lu has now officially written a fantasy trilogy, a dystopian trilogy, a sci-fi one AND a superhero book. THIS WOMAN IS PURE GENIUS I SWEAR. I’m expecting a very stabby contemporary next.

    Also I haven’t been interested in these DC novels but you had me at “antihero” and now I’M SO INTERESTED.

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT? It’s crazy haha, she just writes tons of different books and always manages to pull it off perfectly. She’s genius, I agree. I would love her to write a contemporary next… stabby, I’m not sure, I’d be content with a sweet contemporary? hahaha πŸ˜›

      AHHH this makes me SO happy! These DC novels didn’t catch my attention at first, but that one was really surprising, in a GREAT way. I hope you’ll give it a try πŸ˜€
      Thank you ❀ ❀

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  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed this Marie! Though Batman is not my favorite superhero out there, I am super interested to see Marie Lu’s take on his origin story. Love that there’s a great balance between the world-building and the action. Great review!

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  5. Hi Marie!
    That’s great to hear that you enjoyed this book! I did not expect Marie Lu to write a Batman book haha. I am also not familiar with superheroes at all! However i love books with amazing characters and good character chemistry so I think you’ve convinced me to give this a try πŸ™‚

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    1. I feel like Marie Lu explores every genre and every kind of story… and ALWAYS manages to pull it off. She’s incredible πŸ™‚
      This makes me so happy! I hope you’ll want to give it a try at some point! thank you, Sophie πŸ™‚

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  6. Yay I’m glad you enjoyed this one!! I admit, I was a bit underwhelmed that it wasn’t very dark (and agree that the secondary characters weren’t very developed) but Madeline was so interesting?! Definitely a villain I really liked reading about because you couldn’t tell what she’d do next. πŸ˜‚ (Plus I like that she was really clever!!)

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  7. Oh that’s so awesome you liked it despite not knowing Batman’s story! I have to say I was a bit shocked to learn it’s not action-packed, violent and extremely dark either… That sure sounds like Batman to me. Of course, the author has every right to write her own version of it but it still sounds a bit dubious to me.
    I really hope I enjoy it as much as you did! Too bad about the predictable ending but at least it didn’t seem to affect your opinion too much πŸ™‚
    Amazing review, Marie ❀

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    1. I kind of saw the ending coming when I was halfway there, but it didn’t spoil my reading experience, so I guess it’s all good πŸ˜€
      I hope you will want to give this one a try, Sophie! Thank you πŸ™‚

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  8. Haha me having no idea about superheroes is part of the reason I find books like this so intimidating to start, glad I’m not the only one! But maybe I’ll have to give this one a go, a well-written villain and good world-building? I can never turn it down πŸ™‚
    Lovely review, Marie!

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    1. SAME here ahah, when the first book, I think it was about Wonder Woman? was released, I was nervous about all the hype. I’m glad I tried a superhero book and that it was a good experience πŸ˜€ I hope you’ll give this a try πŸ™‚
      thank you! ❀

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  9. I’m totally in the same boat as you — even though I did go to watch a few superhero movies per the request of some of my family and cousins as a kid, I never felt like they shaped my childhood in any way (other than me wondering why there always had to be a scene where the male superhero kisses the main female lead who always somehow needs saving, and after that scene the superhero beats the villain who was about to destroy planet earth??? πŸ€”). When it was announced that there would be these four superhero stories written by four popular authors, I wasn’t that excited even though Marie Lu and Leigh Bardugo are two of my favorite YA authors… but it sounds like you really enjoyed this book, and after reading your very eloquent review, I want to give Batman: Nightwalker a try! πŸ˜‹ Thanks for such an amazing review, Marie!

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    1. Ahahah yes, it’s always the same kind of scenario, where is the unpredictability of it all? πŸ€” then again, I guess it works, since so many people like these kind of movies / books etc πŸ™‚
      This makes me so happy!! I hope you will give this one a try – even as a non-fan of super heroes, I enjoyed reading that one, I hope you will too πŸ˜€
      Thank YOU! ❀

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  10. I’m glad to hear you liked it! I also have basically no background on superheroes except watching the odd movie here and there so I thought about skipping all these books. Wonder woman, Batman…. Anytime anything super hero related comes out I feel so out of the loop but I might read these now!

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    1. Oh you’re not the only one, Lynn! I felt a bit out of the loop when I heard about these superheroes books being released. I’m so happy I tried one, though, it was a lot of fun to read πŸ™‚
      Hope you’ll want to read that one πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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  11. Madeline is definitely worth liking that little bit more, this was a 4.5 star read for me as well so just slightly off your rating. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did because I shy away from actual Batman films (although i’ve watched Gotham) but Marie Lu’s whole spin on it really shocked me. I really liked the attention to detail in relation to all the technology, I thought that was super cool!
    Great Review Marie! ❀

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    1. OH I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed that one as well! It was such a great story and I loved Madeline so much. The whole technology and world was really interesting, too! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  12. This was such a great book! I had a hard time really getting into it at first, but like you, once I hit that halfway mark I couldn’t stop reading. I loved the tension between Madeleine and Bruce – it added a little something extra to the book without making it feel too over the top. Great review, and so glad that you enjoyed it!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Kelly! I’m glad to hear you felt the same way. The tension was just SO GREAT to read about and I loved seeing Bruce’s feelings change over time about Madeleine.
      Thank you!! πŸ™‚

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  13. Oh, I’m not much into superhero stories or Batman either, so I’m glad to know you liked it!! And Marie has SUCH a great way of writing action-packed stories and making you want to read more. I’m so happy to hear that the villain is interesting as well, because I find complex villains SO enjoyable to read about!! Great review! 😍

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  14. Growing up with 3 brothers, I am very familiar with super hero’s and their backstories lol I haven’t decided if I will pick this one up or not…I was never really a huge batman fan. I did read Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, and was a tad disappointed with it. While the characters were well developed, the plotline wasn’t as action packed as I was anticipating.

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    1. OH I’m sorry you were disappointed by Wonder Woman :/ To be honest, I don’t know if I’d recommend you Batman, then, especially if you’re not a fan AND anticipating an action-packed book. There was action in this one, but it was mostly in the last third of the book.
      Thank you so much or your comment, Amanda!! ❀

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  15. Marie Lu is so good at crafting female characters! They are so relatable and depthful. I’m glad you enjoyed this Marie, I trust your opinion. I’ve read a couple reviews panning it, I don’t need non stop action and I enjoy character driven story so sounds really good. β™₯️ It’s kind of great that you’ve liked a superhero free life!

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  16. Yay! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this! I haven’t read it yet, but I so badly want to. 😍 I’ve heard this book isn’t that dark which I’m happy about, as I’m not a fan of dark books. πŸ˜€ Lovely review!

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