Black Widow: Forever Red (Black Widow #1) by Margaret Stohl


Summary: 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.

My Review:  So before I get going a few things first, I was super excited when this book came out, that I literally bought it the day it came back… then life got in the way and I just finished it.  I am trying to get caught up on all the books I set out to read but never got around to reading.

Second, I am so excited that we are finally going to dive deeper into Natasha.  I really wish she would get her own movie or netflix series… something, but alas I don’t think we will so therefore I am going to settle for the book.

Third, this book does appear to be in the MCU, based on some of the things said all I can tell you is the book appears to take place after the first Avengers movie and before Winter Soldier… because she is still working for SHIELD… but references the events of New York and Loki, so in my opinion that is the timeline we are dealing with.  If you have another theory I would love to hear it.

This book was fantastic, before the beginning of every chapter you knew that something ominous was going to happen as she is being interviewed for her actions.  Then you find out why she is being interviewed for her actions.

The book is action packed and very well paced.  WE see so much of her personality and her lack of attachment but spoiler Natasha DOES have feelings and does get attached and tries to do the right thing, but things don’t go the way she hopes.  There is a pretty sad moment in this book and it is like man, this sucks.

I have read other reviews and I have seen some negativity regarding Ava but I liked her, so as far as that goes I felt it worked in this book.   I certainly think if you have not read this and you are a Marvel fan girl like I am (I am seriously ashamed I have not read this, I brag daily about being a Marvel fangirl) you need to read this asap.

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