Review: ICONS

Nov •  21 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ICONSICONS by Margaret Stohl
Series: Icons # 1
Published by Brown For Young Readers, Little on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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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.

Plot: I’m going to honest and admit that this plot really confused me in the beginning. It took me a while to get into the story and understand where it was coming from and where it was going. Lots of elements within the story are explained, so the reader must keep on reading in order to grasp the entire picture. And while I understand the meaning of this, it made me frustrated that I could never figure out what is happening. It wasn’t until mid-way through the book that I finally started to understand. It’s not that the plot isn’t good, it just that the way that the story is told, you have to really pay attention.

Friendship/Love: This area I felt is develop well with the childhood friendship. It made sense that they would work but…enter love triangle. Boo. The love interest began to frustrate me because while in the beginning this girl knew who she loved and then all of a sudden she is confused. It’s like chick, you either know or you don’t. Geesh.

Ending: For me, the ending is quite good with lots of foreshadowing events. I like that it gives the reader that umph to read the next book. I like to read the next book cause I’m anxious to see what will happen.

Overall, this book is good. I think it could have been a better read for me, had things been explained a little more. It does take a while to settle into the story, but once your in, the story takes off. ICONS is good.

I give it 3 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Ahh man, sorry this didn’t end up like you hoped. I had really been interested in this book because the cover is awesome and the premise sounded intriguing. I would probably have a problem with it if you are completely clueless through the first half. It would take away from the other elements. But the way you made the ending sound is giving me that little push to give this a try!

  2. Jenny
    Nov 21, 2013

    A definite boo on the love triangle Savy. I’m so done with them and wish we could move away from them and go back to a time when it was just two people trying to figure out how to make a relationship work rather than three. Glad the ending was great though, it’s always nice when a book ends much stronger than it started!

  3. Candace
    Nov 22, 2013

    I got this at ALAMW and worked hard to get my hands on it, but then I just saw negative review after negative review so I haven’t picked it up. I’m not sure whether I’ll bother after reading your review. Maybe I’ll just pack it up in the donation box.

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Nov 22, 2013

    Yeah, I’ve heard mixed reviews, so it will probably be a while before I get to it.