Book Review: Icons by Margaret Stohl

Title: Icons

Author: Margaret Stohl
Published Date: May 07, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Paperback (signed)

Your heart beats only with their permission.

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?

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

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.

I’ve read so many negative reviews about this book but I still decided to buy one and read it, I wanna figure out myself why and to be honest, I like this book. Aside from the awesome cover, the story is interesting, so much science fiction which I appreciate because it’s one of my favorite genre. Despite of the flaws of the book (I admit there’s some), it’s cool! I got a little bit confused between Icons and the Icon children and what are they supposed to destroy, but I managed to know it before it’s too late. I like how this book twisted my brain cells. When it comes to their power, it’s kind of familiar, just in the part of the feelings thing, but the other parts is nice though I’m not aware of their full power, hope there will be more! It’ll be awesome if there is. Anyway this book has so many unanswered questions, but I hope it’ll be answered in the second book. 
Dol and Ro lived in the same place in La Purisima, childhood friends as they say, they’ve been together ever since The Day happened. Things changed a lot since they were captured by the Embassy, many people died again from that event. Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas were gathered together for a secret reason which they are about to find out. Dol became interested to Lucas for some reason and it caused a change between her relationship with Ro. 
Mind thrilling and confusing book, it’s a kind of book where you want to find answers in everything. I enjoyed reading this book, and when I found out about the second one coming sometime soon, I really can’t wait. I don’t like much the part where Dol chose Lucas over Ro! why???
A love so strong, you can’t tell where you end and the other person begins
Fear is a dangerous thing
My Rating

Writing has gotten me in and
out of trouble since I was 15 (back then, mostly just in trouble.) For
10 years, I designed &/or wrote for lots of video games, one of
which was nominated for “Most Innovative Game Design,” but I lost to a
rapping onion. If you know games you get why my two bad beagles are
named Zelda and Kirby.

School: I spent more years in it than a
person ever should, because let’s face it, reading books is so much
better than having a job. I fell in love with American literature at
Amherst and Yale, earned an MA in English from Stanford, and studied
creative writing under the late great poet George MacBeth at the
University of East Anglia, Norwich. I taught Intro to Film as a TA at
Yale and Romantic Poetry as a TA at Stanford. Don’t tell the people at
Yale but sometimes I taught the section before I’d seen the movie it was

I live in Santa Monica, CA, with my family, most
of whom were enslaved into working with me in one form or another on my
first YA book for Little, Brown. I’m not kidding; when my daughters
wanted to go to school I said “Why are you so selfish? Get back in
there and edit,” and by said I mean yelled and maybe threw things, it’s
all a haze. Now the Beautiful series has wrapped, but you can see the
movie on February 13, 2013 or read my new book ICONS on May 7th. Nothing
gold can stay, Ponyboy.

Before I end this, I wanna share to you guys my signed book of Icons and my photo with the author herself! 🙂 I went to the book signing last September 14, 2013 and I got lucky to meet her in personal.


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