Friday, November 6, 2015

Black Widow: Forever Red - Book Review

Black Widow: Forever RedBlack Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 13th 2015 by Marvel Press

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.

Until now.

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. . . .
Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

There are three characters in the story. I only really cared for two.
Two out of three isn't too bad.

Well, actually, it kind of is when that third person is constantly pulling you out of the story; to a point where I stopped and wondered: "What happened to the beautiful flow it started off with?" Then I realized: "Oh, it's because of him."

Him, being the character Alex "the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava's dreams." Great premise for the guy right? It was.
...Until he started following Ava around like a puppy. I never over think the idea of instant love in books, I'm often a fan of love at first sight, but this was overdone. 20 pages in and suddenly he's calling her his girlfriend. What is that in book time? 8 hours?

I can't say if it was my clear dislike for him or just him that slowed down the plot but it did feel like it flat lined for a while.
Enough about him though.

Character bringing it back to life? Black Widow herself, Natasha Romanoff. Margaret Stohl did an amazing job writing for an already existing character so many know and love. It was like she created the character herself, there was so much familiarity in her writing that she might as well be close and personal with Black Widow.
I'm sure after writing this and getting ready for a sequel she probably is now.

It was a perfect adventure to start off a new story for Black Widow. We get to learn so much more about her and see what she does best. It's a flawless blend of action and story. We get the action that we would expect from a Marvel character but we also get so much more so in the end she isn't just another character.

I received this book from Netgalley for this review.

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