This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Published by Marvel Press on October 13, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Thrillers & Suspense
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Enter the world of the Avengers' iconic master spy
Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.
Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.
When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava's dreams. . . .
I am the odd one in my family. I am not a comic book/graphic novel fan. I enjoy the movies and have collectables of certain characters (Gambit, Harley Quinn, and Deadpool), but have never really gotten into the reads. My hubs and two kiddos, however are super into comics. My eleven-year-old daughter was the youngest person at our local comic book store to have a subscription, they know us by name and will hold books aside that they think my three will enjoy, we go family Christmas shopping there, it’s a whole thing in my family. They have always joked with me as I just stand there and wait until everyone else is ready. One day they were encouraging me to pick something out, and I replied with “If you have an actual book with no pictures I will buy it”. That is the story of how I ended up coming home that day with Black Widow Forever Red.
The world Margaret Stohl created was very real. I could picture the scenes in my head and it fit perfectly in the Marvel movie world. The plot was interesting and action packed and I loved the subtle and not so subtle movie references. The writing was well thought out and I genuinely laughed out loud more then a few times. The pacing was a little slow in the beginning, due to the world building being set, but it picked up quickly then never stopped rocketing forward. The characters were great and already familiar to me and it was great seeing some cameos. I was upset with one characters ending, as it just sucked, but I could also see why it was needed to forward the plot. Stohl surpassed my expectations in the emotional realm. It was nice to see Black Widow truly open up and be venerable.
It took me a while to get to reading Black Widow Forever Red, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. More of an origin story for Red Widow, than a true Black Widow lead, it had the humor I have grown to expect from the movies, and I loved Tony Stark and Coulson in it. I think it was easy for me to join this world as I am not a super fan and as such pictured the movie actors in the roles and didn’t already know any backstories to compare Black Widow Forever Red to. For a fan of action with some great lines, I would recommend Black Widow Forever Red, however if you are a huge Marvel fan already this may not be for you. I do hope more come out in this series, as I could see it being one I enjoy, and it will give me something to buy at the comic book store.
Favorite lines – Tony looked at Natasha. “Prepare for exposure. And I’m only saying this because I’ve never seen you as on over-sharer,” he said. “Or, and I’m just being honest here, even an under-sharer. Or, you know. Sharer.” The silence that answered him was awkward. “Yay sharing,” Alex said.
Biggest cliché – I live to hurt others so I do not hurt inside.
Have you read Black Widow Forever Red, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge