Book Review #133 – Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl

Hey everyone!

Here is my review for Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stool. Enjoy.

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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.

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.



  • the writing wasn’t that bad



  • titular character is actually secondary, go figure
  • not very new or original
  • predictable
  • ultimately, very boring


Ah well, the first disappointment of the reading year had to come but I honestly wasn’t expecting it to arrive so quickly. This is the first book, at least to come to my knowledge, of the first wave of YA novels surrounding superheroes. Since I want to read pretty much all the titles announce for the next few years, I thought I might as well hop on this train at once. I can’t even express how sad I am with this title. Right from the first few chapters, one thing is pretty clear: this is not a book about Black Widow. She’s pretty much only a plot device that could name the book and bring in enough sales to make this a success. In fact, this story is about a girl and a boy. It’s a cliché in everything. It picks all the twists and turns you’re used to in romance and spy story tropes were applied here. And they don’t really work. It turns this book predictable as hell and it wasn’t interesting once. Black Widow does babysitting work throughout this whole book and the attempts to insert her in the story are so forced. What’s even more sad is that I don’t like Black Widow that much and still I can’t help but feel totally betrayed by this book. I just hope all the other super heroes books don’t turn out to be like this one *big sigh*.

Any of you have read this title? Did you like it? Let me know, please!

See you soon,



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