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review 2016-08-20 15:52
Since You've Been Gone Review
Since You've Been Gone - Morgan Matson

Wow. This book was so amazing! I fell in love with the characters as soon as I met them. The way Matson writes is INCREDIBLE, I was quickly hooked on the story and it kept getting better as the book progressed. The plot of this book was easy to understand and follow throughout the book. The words flowed so nicely and smoothly, it was an easy read. The only con I can think of about this book is that some of the chapters were really long, but that's a matter of preference. I also give an A+ to the character development. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good friendship/adventure story.



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review 2016-06-25 15:08
Black Widow Book Review
Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) by Margaret Stohl (2015-10-13) - Margaret Stohl

Listening to the audio book this really felt like a drag. Not a whole lot happened and for a story about a bad ass female super hero I was super bored. I didn't like the first of the Beautiful Creatures so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that I ended up not liking this one as well.


Ava, a young teenager has a bad past and a connection to Black Widow, or Natasha Romanoff. When the past comes to meet her present she finds that the same bad guys are out to get her. Except this time, Alex, a boy from school gets involved. Three are put into a game of hide and seek trying to get away from the ones who want Ava.


The two teenage characters, Ava and Alex were very dull. I didn't like their relationship and felt that there was little to no connection but of course they fall in love pretty quickly. And Natasha just seems kinda of there most of the time but not necessarily important?


I expected so much more for a story about Black Widow. Maybe next time?

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text 2016-06-01 15:01
Huge book haul...
Shylock Is My Name (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Howard Jacobson
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - Lindy West
Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) - Margaret Stohl
Phase Two: Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel Cinematic Universe) - Alex Irvine
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth - A.O. Scott
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War: The Art of the Movie - Marvel Comics
Transformers Robots in Disguise: Autobot World Tour - Steve Foxe
Captain America: Dark Designs Prose Novel - Stefan Petrucha
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History - Bret Witter,Robert M. Edsel

Employee appreciation days=cheap books. 


Me having money+employee appreciation days=me indulging in hardcovers.  I've already read the Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Avengers novelizations I got.  I'm considering picking up a hardcover version of Age of Ultron because I think they're prettier in paper, but I also hate spending money twice on the same book.  (I have to stop by B&N anyway later today, so I'll probably pick it up.)


I think there are a couple others, but I forget what they are.  I'm in the middle of mowing the lawn, and I'm taking a break because I was overheating.   I don't feel like getting up and double checking.  


I also kinda am eying a couple about animals: Heart of the Lion and American Snake.

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review 2015-12-21 02:56
Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) - Margaret Stohl

Having always enjoyed author Margaret Stohl’s novels, I was excited to read her take on the notorious Marvel Comics character, Black Widow a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff. I’ve always been a huge fan of graphic novels and always loved her character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Getting to read about a badass lady spy written by one of my favorite authors? Talk about excitement. I can say that Black Widow Forever Red is a surprising read, one that leaves you gasping at plot twists, and left with an ache in your chest when the novel finally reaches its’ conclusion.

After being saved by Black Widow as a child and surviving the wicked Ivan Somodorov, Ava Orlova has spent her teenage years attempting to find normalcy. When you’ve been living under S.H.I.E.L.D’s thumb for years of your life, and narrowly managed to escape the Red Room, a Russian school for intelligence operatives, it can prove a little difficult. For years, Ava has resented Black Widow for abandoning her when she needed her most, but destiny has pulled the two together once more. They’re one and the same, and when the two learn that an enemy they once thought was long gone has practically returned from the dead (and with a vengeance), it’s finally time for Ava and Black Widow to discover a long list of secrets that have been hidden from them. Including the mystery behind the boy who haunts Ava’s dreams, a boy she doesn’t know but knows everything about, a boy with an hourglass tattoo…

If you’re interested in a story that will grasp your attention from start to finish,Black Widow: Forever Red is the book for you. Right from the get-go, we’re met with action, danger, and the very real threats that agents like Natasha Romanoff face as a part of their job description. There’s pieces of mystery woven into the plot that slowly begin to build the suspense up, until readers are on the edge of their seats. If there’s one thing I love in a novel, it’s a good plot twist, and you’d better believe that Black Widow: Forever Red has one that will have your jaw hitting the floor.

The characters in Black Widow: Forever Red are unforgettable. If you’re only familiar with Natasha’s character through all of the Marvel movies (a laAvengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), this novel presents her in a way that you’ll have never seen before. We see more of the character’s stoic, ice-cold personality, but we also see the humanity underneath it all. The way that Stohl writes this classic, beloved character is done masterfully. And the way that she introduces new characters like Ava and her mystery dream boy will definitely leave readers eager to see them again.

There is a bit of dependency on readers having some prior knowledge to the Marvel universe considering the amount of background information that is withdrawn. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with well-known characters like Iron Man or Thor, you might be in for a little bit of trouble. If, however, you are familiar with all of Marvel’s goodness, then you’ll be excited to know that there are cameos from renowned characters from the Marvel universe and that they are portrayed excellently. And who doesn’t love a ‘superhero’ novel that actually features some real superheroes?

 I would recommend Black Widow: Forever Red to any readers looking for a novel that’s packed with action. Any readers who are blatant fans of Marvel Comics should give it a read if they’re looking for a new take on an old character. Any readers who are looking for a novel that has a bit of romance, a bit of drama, and a whole lot of badass fight scenes and explosions should also give it a read.

Source: www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-black-widow-forever-red-by-margaret-stohl-review-and-giveaway
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review 2015-10-27 22:59
Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) - Margaret Stohl

So first off I just want to say that I'm so glad that Marvel is venturing into the world of YA literature. I think it's such a great market for them to tap into.


I was so excited when I first heard about this book. I remember I kept checking when it was going to come out because I was just that excited.


This book is more than just a story about Natasha. It also serves as an origin story for Red Widow, Marvel's new superhero. I know some people aren't that happy about Natasha not being the central focus, but I'm fine with it. We get two heroes for the price of one.


I really loved all the pop culture references such as, "I volunteer as tribute" and "50 points for Ivanclaw."


I also loved how Tony Stark and Coulson made a cameo.


This book isn't life changing or anything but it is entertaining. There's a ton of action.


One thing that bothered me, however, was that I didn't quite know where in the MCU this took place in. Is it before The Winter Soldier or after? Or is it not part of the MCU?

Overall, I thought it was well written and a lot of fun

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