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Black Widow: Forever Red

(Black Widow: Novels #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  7,348 ratings  ·  1,365 reviews
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 tee
Hardcover, 401 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Marvel Press
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Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not a book I would usually read, but I was at BookCon and I got introduced to Scott Westerfeld at a party and I have read a lot of his work, and he had an ARC of this under his arm, and I said "That looks cool!" And the woman next to him just took it from him and gave it to me lol. She was the author so she was cool to do that, lol, but it really was Scott's ARC he'd been carrying around all day (which I didn't know at the time, I just took it) so sorry Scott. I'm a thief.

This book is v
Darth J
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was ok

Adventures in Babysitting Spy Kids
That's the best way to describe this book. It's fairly disappointing that Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) is basically secondary here, despite being the titular character. Instead she spends her time running around after 2 teens. To be quite honest, I felt like this was not the best effort that could be made from a Black Widow solo story tied in with the MCU. It's a fast-paced book with some pretty good writing, which makes me think that Margaret Stohl wasn't
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I loved this book I got it from the library but I'm buying it after this review!



The Black Widow is very deadly... --->EXCERPT<---

She sighed. "Knock-knock, Ivan. "Who's there? S.H.I.E.L.D."
He looked at her blankly. "I don't get it."
Natasha punched him in the face as hard as she could.
As he went flying back, she rubbed her fist. "Sorry. It's more of a punch than line."



When I first started reading the book, it seemed that the Black Widow was ta
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I did really want to like this book, but it a bit too slow for me. I like the characters, this is more the marvel comic book version of the Black Widow as opposed to the warmer more flirtatious version played by Scarlet in the movies (however I am sure she would turn on the charm when it is needed). This is the part of the book I like, but my main problem with the book is it is too slow. There is almost nothing in the book you will not see coming a few chapters before. The book is written from 3 ...more
Scarlet Cameo
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it

English review at the bottom

Lo primero que diré es que este libro es un busca fama, ha sido vendido como la historia no revelada de Natasha Romanoff A.K.A. Black Widow, lo cual es,en el 90% de la historia, no del todo correcto (por no decir una total mentira). Natasha aparece en,aproximadamente, el 30% del libro y funge como personaje secundario y los secretos son realmente reveladores (view spoiler)
Oct 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015, 1-star
Originally posted at Lady Knight Reads

We Could Have Had It All

WE COULD HAVE, ADELE. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL. I MEAN. NATASHA FREAKING ROMANOFF. She is literally the best part of the Avengers,  so this book should have been amazing. Or at least somewhat good. I'd have even settled for okay. Unfortunately this book went wrong pretty much from the start, and okay, I should have known that would happen. I historically have not enjoyed Stohl's solo writing and I'm not entirely sure why I thought this would be any diffe
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇
DNF pg. 60ish...

That moment when you realize the main character isn't the main character and this is teenage spy bullshit.

I took a wrong turn in starting with this contrived mess as an introduction to the literary side of Black Widow.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full Review:

What do you expect from the first ever YA novel about a comic-book superhero? That was the question many of us were wondering upon the news that Marvel was branching out into one of the biggest book markets today.

If I'm being completely transparent, I need to disclose that I had no intention of reading this book. I am a big fan of the Marvel Avenger's movie franchise, but I've never read the comics nor have I invested a lot of time into the ch
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Behind the projection mask were the exquisitely cold eyes of Natasha Romanoff, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the infamous Black Widow herself.
Natasha Romanoff.
Avenger. Agent. Assassin.

Black Widow is the battlefield I will die on.

A year ago I wasn’t even into comics. I loved Marvel movies but comics? Too complicated. Until I watched Captain America The Winter Soldier and I just needed more. More stories! More action scenes! So it was then that I decided that I was going to read… all Captain America’s
Taylor Knight
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a massive Marvel fan and I adore Black Widow so I was insanely curious to see what this book would entail.
It was exactly what I thought it was going to be. Great writing, even better characters but not emotionally engaging. I really enjoyed reading this book but I wasn't glued to the pages. I liked the characters (okay, I loved Natasha) but I wasn't surprised by any of the characters. Ava was really cool but I just didn't love her. I can't pin point why, I just didn't fangirl over this book.
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I kinda enjoyed this book, though it was not at all what I expected. Natasha was not the main character, with Ava and Alex taking the front seat of the story, but it was still very interesting and well-written.

I wanted more Black Widow. This was supposed to be a book about her, but she was really a secondary character and I only gained limited insight into her past. I thought that her character was very well written, though very different to the Black Widow in the movies, and the few comics I'v
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: die-hard Natasha fans who need a fix
Hmm, 2.75 rounded up? I'm going to have to think on this a bit as I write my review.


Now that I've had some time to distance myself from the book, I'm dropping my initial review to 2 stars. Because this was just okay, but not terrible enough to warrant a 1 star. As a supposed tie in to the movie universe, this was disappointing.

Natasha Romanoff hated pierogies—but more than that, she hated lies.

This opening line of the novel represents everything that drove me crazy about it. First, the
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2018, super_hero
Marvel's Black Widow is one of the more mysterious and complex characters in the publisher's large catalog of heroes and villains, and while Forever Red goes some ways to delving into her rich backstory, the book largely centers around a couple of teens with unexpected ties to Romanoff.

Author Margaret Stohl captures the essence of the character to perfection, so much so, that Forever Red could easily be a short cinematic experience with all the action and espionage trappings. Coupled with two ne
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing


So. Damn. Awesome.
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Sorta stupid. Russian got really messed up in the book. The author didn't even bother to understand what patronimics are and how they are used.
Not my regular cup of tea but fun nonetheless.
“People are shooting at us?” Alex was in shock. “At a fencing tournament?”
“If you hadn’t noticed, I was shooting back at them. Which wouldn’t exactly make me mercenary of the month, would it?
“Enough!” Romanoff barked. “Look around you. You’re on a military transport. Nobody’s flirting. S.H.I.E.L.D
Before reading...

After reading...
When I first read about this book I expected a novel about Natasha Romanoff and especially what was more interesting for me was knowing something more on her past and the Red Room...and what did I get? A book where Nat, which you may not know but she is my favourite Marvel character with Cap and Bucky, is actually a secondary character. Yes, because the a
Oct 12, 2014 added it
How about FUCK to the NO.

There are very few authors I'd trust to get the characterization, historical/cultural setting, and overall treatment of Black Widow right.

A co-author of Beautiful Creatures isn't even CLOSE to being one of them.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
It pains me to say it but this book is garbage. The POVs are indistinguishable, there's instalove like whoa, the writing is mediocre af. I'll give the plot points for being appropriately twisty but other than that, it's just not good.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: super-heroes
I'm so excited for this. I NEED more Black Widow.
Amélie Boucher
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

This book is a huge disappointment. I had set extremely high expectations for this book due to my love for Marvel, and none of them were reached.

Natasha, who is supposed to be the central focus of this book (the book is named after her, for God's sake!), is relayed to second place. She has like maybe 5 chapters in the entire book. Not only that, but her characterization is done very badly. The woman I was reading about in Black Widow is definitely not the Natasha Romanoff
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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You know, for a book called Black Widow: Forever Red, you’d think it would actually BE about… THE Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff.

Instead, Natasha is the side character in this mess. The book is ACTUALLY about these two teens: Ava Orlova, and Alex Manor.

It was very difficult to love either of these characters, as they were two dimensional and frankly very annoying. Ava is a little brat. She thinks that because she has SOME of Black Widow’s skills, that she’s sudd
Sara (marvelousbibliophile)
(Apologising in advance as this is more of a rant than a review. I'm a huge Marvel fan and this was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, also beware as there may be slight spoilers.)

Going into this i was expecting it to be a story focused on Black Widow. I hadn't read any synopsises because i wanted to go in without knowing much, So i was pretty disappointed when i realised that she wasn't even the main character. Most of the story did revolve around her but i still wish we got
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
I am so, so, disappointed. this isn't even a black widow book... she's just a secondary character that named the book since it would sell better. there was nothing exciting or new about this and I'm just so sad they put black widow doing nanny work, basically... and I'm not even that big of a fan of the character either. imagine if I was.

full review here:
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
Trends pretty YA but sneaks in some real gut punches along the way.

I’ve seen plenty of reviews already that point out that Natasha is treated as a supporting character in her own book but I think this works here, particularly in a plot that involves (un)healthy doses of brainwashing, amnesia and Level 7+ spy craft.

Kudos to the author for nailing Agent Coulson’s voice, though one must ask- if Natasha knows he’s alive, do the rest of the Avengers? I fell off Agents of SHIELD some time ago so I’m n
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Avenger. Agent. Assassin.


Black Widow: Forever Red is a cinematic and action-packed adventure with one of the best and most interesting characters in the Marvel universe, Natasha Romanoff. This YA book is full of twists, fast paced and with characters you’ll recognize from the comics and the MCU. There are also new ones whose fates will end up intertwined with the Black Widow in this story that gets back to Natasha’s origins and has a spies movie vibe that’ll keep you turning pages.

"Forever R
Gabi Graceffo

3.25 STARS

Oh, how I wanted to love this book. Black Widow is my favorite Marvel character that I've ever encountered, with a wonderful backstory that NEEDS its own movie thank you very much (or a Netflix original series, which would be even better). But...this book just didn't deliver everything I wanted it to. There were some wonderful moments, there were some awkward ones, but overall it was just waffling in the middle.

The background of this story was extremely compelling: human experimentatio
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
*3.5 stars* It hurts me to give a book anything less than 5 stars, but when it doesn't meet my expectations (and I had VERY high expectations with this book), I have to drop the rating. There were some parts I liked (3 stars) and some parts I really liked (4 stars), so I'm giving it a solid 3.5 stars. You need to know that I am a die-hard Black Widow fan. She is AMAZING! So, going into this book I expected:

1) A book told completely from Black Widow's point of view
2) Black Widow awesomeness
3) TO
DNF at 30%. Couldn't even make it halfway.

Warning to self: do not attempt to read bad YA after discovering the hilarious @BroodingYAHero account on twitter.

Quotes from book:

Alex was as good-looking as Dante, even if his long dark hair did hang halfway over his even darker eyes.

It's like you don't even understand how hard it is to be a really good looking fictional character.

— Brooding YA Hero (@broodingYAhero) September 18, 2015

At least there wasn't a gemstone mentioned. Strike 1.

Ava found hers
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm extremely disappointed.

I'm not a fan of Margaret Stohl's work. But this was a book about BLACK WIDOW. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE EPIC. *insert fangirl whiny-cries*

I liked this book, yeah, but I expected more. And when I say "more" I'm not only referring to plot, substance, prose, etc... No, I specifically refer to Natasha. Yeah, the one who was meant to be our main character!? You know, Black Widow? The name on the title of this book?????

Sigh I'll properly review this one soon.

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