Author: Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA Superhero/Thriller
Length: 401 Pages
Release: October 2015
My Rating: 2/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this novel as soon as I found out that I could and I was really excited when I was approved. Black Widow is an intriguing character and I had hoped this novel would delve more into her past and explore the intricacies of her mental psyche. I was disappointed in these hopes.
How can you have a novel called Black Widow and then have Black Widow play a side role? It makes no sense. Instead we're stuck with a couple of confused teenagers who, while not completely unlikable, lack the complexity I was looking for. And the insta love was extreme. That is possibly what annoyed me most. After a day of knowing each other they are thinking about love, not knowing how to survive on their own, and even more nonsense. It was extremely annoying.
And Natasha (Black Widow). Where do I begin? Her character was almost nothing like the woman from the movies. And the other Avengers who appeared, really. Who are these people? And not a single mention of Hawkeye, unless I overlooked it. Aren't they best friends? Wouldn't he be her go to and not Tony, Steve, Bruce, or Pepper, who are the ones mentioned when it talks about her secret keeping? The characterization just did not follow through with what's presented in the movies.
I'm a huge fan of the Beautiful Creatures novels and really enjoy Margaret Stohl's writing, but this read more like fanfiction that an actual Marvelverse creation. I don't know who came up with the overall story and backdrop, but it fell far short of my expectations.