Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Icons by Margaret Stohl Review + Giveaway

Goodreads Description:

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.

About Author:

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS (Fall 2009-2012) and author of THE ICONS SERIES (Spring, 2013.) She lives in Santa Monica with her family. 

My Review:

I found the idea of combining dystopian with aliens intriguing. It seems like an obvious combination, but until recently hasn't had too much of a presence in the YA world as far as I have seen. I liked that in this world the aliens were not necessarily the most frightening aspect, but rather the humans that worked as ambassadors to the aliens. I also loved the idea of human emotions as the one thing that could not only fight, but possibly defeat the aliens that enslaved the Earth. 
I really liked Dol as a character. She was strong, but realistic as well. She had a unique voice throughout the book. As far as the other three teens, I wish I could have had a better understanding of them. I also felt that the only relationship I really found myself rooting for was that of Dol and Ro. 
I think this series has great potential and I genuinely hope to see more insight into our four main characters and their tangled relationships with one another. 
I feel like this first book really set the stage as far as the world inside this series, and I'm hoping the books to come will be more character driven and reveal more about our four heroes and their relationships with each other and the supporting characters in the book. 
All in all I found this to be a solid start to a promising series. 

My Rating:


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  1. I Think I would probably choose contentment. It seems like everything else has a downside somehow.

  2. I think I want true love because it is most illusive, but I'm not sure maybe your right and there may be a downside...none that I can currently think of though :)

    1. My thought on love was that maybe if you embodied it you might take it for granted. I don't know. It was one of my first thoughts too though.

  3. Trust, because without it there is no contentment.

  4. I would be Panic, I think, one of the most powerful because sometimes it marks or limits. Like he don´t enter in a cage with a lion because it panic us, and marks a limit. So, panic sometimes is good, it keep us safe from certain things.

  5. Interesting. I hadn't thought of that one. :-)

  6. Hmmmmm this is one of those questions that I cannot help but take really, really seriously. Lol. Thinking...

  7. Or maybe determination. Lol.

    1. I think this would definitely be a good one for surviving an alien dystopia. :-)

  8. I would be love because it conquers all ;)

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

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  10. Dol being strong but realistic sounds great. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. I'd be determination with out it.. I wouldn't get anywhere.