Monday, August 8, 2016

REVIEW : Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

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. . . .


Okay so I found out about Black Widow Forever Red directly from the source. See I went to New York Comic Con back in October 2015 and attended a panel where Margaret Stohl happened to be a speaker. As part of her introduction it was announced that she had written a young adult book taking place in the Marvel Universe that happened to center around the Black Widow Natasha Romanoff.
As a huge fan of the Marvel characters and YA books I was super excited to get my hands on this. My only concern was how this would fit in a young adult story. 

Well here's how they got around that little issue, Black Widow Forever Red, while it is a book that features Natasha in a main role she's not actually the general focus.That's on the main lead which belongs to a very young girl much like Natasha by the name of Ava. The special connection formed between the two along with a mutual enemy that has returned to destroy them both was a solid plot.

I'm going to be honest I didn't actually expect  any sort of romance at all in this but I got one.

Oh, Alex. I really loved him and he was just full of surprises for Ava and Natasha.

With the new characters of Ava and Alex you also get your fill of Tony Stark.

I feel like this book delivered on its Marvel action and surprises while also giving the humor and some serious heartache that was very unexpected but somewhat of a YA staple.