Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Black Widow Forever Red.  We received a copy of Margaret Stohl's book for an honest review.

About the book:

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.
If you are a fan of the Avengers, then you will love this book!!  This book starts off not too long after Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow joins S.H.I.E.L.D.  She has to revisit her past in Russia and meets a little girl named Ava.  After Natasha saves Ava from her old boss (Ivan), she pretty much drops out of Ava's life.  Ava's life has not been easy after Natasha dropped her off in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody many years earlier.  Ava, now a teenager, keeps having very vivid dreams about a boy named Alex that she runs into in Philadelphia.  She also runs into Natasha in the same place after Ivan has been spotted again.  They soon learn that the two of them are connected from their previous meeting.  The dreams that Ava was having about Alex are also connected to Natasha.  Ava and Alex decide to go searching for Ivan while Natasha learns that she volunteered for something that she never thought she would.  She also learns that she could be a security risk (along with hundreds of other people).  The three of these characters have to work together in order to stop something that could cause destruction all over the globe.  Of course pandemonium ensues and everyone is different because of it.  There are so many secrets uncovered that you will be surprised every chapter!

This book was extremely entertaining.  I felt like I was reading Scarlett Johansson's character from the Avengers' movies.  Tony Stark makes an appearance and he felt very real too.  (He was also hilarious, of course!)  Their personalities are perfect in the book!  This book felt like a seamless transition from the movies onto the page.  It can always be scary reading an iconic character that so many people are attached to, but Stohl does a brilliant job of bringing Black Widow to life.  This book makes me wish there was a movie based on Natasha (PLEASE Marvel!!!).  Fans of the comic books will not be disappointed and will want Stohl to pen another Black (or Red?) Widow story.   You will want to check out this book when it is released October 13!  Our copy will be added to catalog after the book releases.  
Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times Bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Novels and DANGEROUS CREATURES novels, as well as the author of BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED forthcoming from Marvel Press (Marvel YA), and the ICONS Novels. She is the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Indie-Bound, Wall Street Journal and Internationally Bestselling author of nine YA novels, and has been published in 37 languages and 48 countries. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was adapted into a film (2013) by Warner Brothers and Alcon Entertainment, and was an ALA William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist in 2010, as well as a SCIBA award finalist, a NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and a YALSA Teen Top Ten Pick. Beautiful Creatures was named the #1 Teen Pick from Amazon in 2009, and the #5 Editors Pick, Overall. Prior to becoming an author, Margaret worked in the video game industry as a writer and lead designer for sixteen years, eventually co-founding 7 Studios game developer with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She is also the co-founder of YALLFEST (Charleston, SC) and YALLWEST (Santa Monica, CA), two of the biggest kid/teen book festivals in the country. An alumnus of Amherst College, Stanford University, and Yale University, Margaret lives in Santa Monica with her family, two rescue cats, and two bad beagles.

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