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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blog Tour; Book Review / Giveaway: ICONS by Margaret Stohl

I'm thrilled to be today's stop on the ICONS blog tour I'm hosting over on Mundie Moms blog tours. I've been a huge fan of Margaret's for awhile now, and I am SO EXCITED she has a new book out! This book is fabulous. 

By: Margaret Stohl
Published by: Little Brown
To Be Released on: May 7th
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 
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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

ICONS has this original feel to it that hooked me from page one. I LOVED this book! It's one of those reads you pick up expecting one thing, and end up with something a little bit different, and oh so addicting. The best way to describe this book is to say it's an exciting, action packed dystopian / science fiction read loaded with twists and turns that will leave you wanting more when you finish it. Having a storyline fueled by action, some sizzling character chemistry, intrigue, betrayal, love, and having me try to figure out what exactly is going on, was perfect! Now add that with some really creditable, layered characters who I got to know just enough of to understand their motives with ICONS, while leaving me wanting to know more about them that I didn't want this story to finish, and you have yourselves a 5 star book!

What really captured my interest and hooked me with this exciting read was they was it was written. Margaret gave me just enough of her story to keep me turning paging, revealed small doses of what was going on to keep me engaged, and left me with a few unanswered questions that make wish the sequel was already in my hands. Despite this book's size, I read it one sitting. Once I started it, there was no stopping. Though I'm a fan of Margaret's writing from the Beautiful Creatures she co-wrote, I have to say that ICONS is her best writing yet! There is something in the way ICONS is written that made me as a reader feel as though Margaret found her niche. ICONS is not like an other book I've read. I can't even begin to compare to another. Having read a ton of YA books, I have to say that in itself seems like an impossible task to accomplish.

Though this book is about Dol, her three fellow characters all share her spot light, and their dangerous adventure into finding out more about who they really are, and what exactly their powers can do is an exciting, thrilling journey in itself. This story isn't just told from Dol's point of view. To add to all that's going on with the rebellion, and the mystery behind what's really happening, Margaret has inserted articles and letters between various chapters that only adds to the danger of what these four teens are up against, from those on the "other side". Yes, that just adds more fuel to the conspiracy that's going on here on Earth after the aliens invaded and well, there seems to be a lot more going on than what gets uncovered here in ICONS. I can not wait for the rest of this series to be released.

If you're looking for  an action packed book that has some fabulous character chemistry, a rebellion, characters who pull you right into their story & leave you wanting more from them long after you finish it, then I'd recommend picking this book up! Another fabulous thing about this book, is it's one I'd recommend to higher level 11 & 12 yr readers. It's a clean cut read, and one teachers could easily discuss a variety of themes from the book with their students. I LOVED IT! I'd totally recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

About The Author:

Margaret Stohl is the 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.) You can read a more in-depth biography on Margaret here

Follow Margaret on: her Website | BlogTumblr | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

The Giveaway:
Thank you to Little Brown, I have 2 copies of ICONS to giveaway today! To enter, please fill out the form below.

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  1. Thank you for the tour. I'm really looking forward to this read. Thanks again.

  2. thanks so much for the tour here, I love it! Thanks! :)

  3. I'm so excited for ICONS! It will be amazing to see how different Kami and Margie's writing styles really are.

  4. Wow. What a review. Definitely going on my TBR list. Thanks!

  5. Cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the review.

  6. This sounds really cool, and I liked her other books so definitely interested in this.

  7. I'm very pleased to see this new book by Margaret Stohl. I'd really like to win a copy, thanks for the chance.

  8. I'm a fan of the Beautiful Creatures series, so definitely looking forward to this release!


  9. I have been DYING to read this books since I read the description! I can't wait it's almost here! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  10. Awesome review! Can't wait to read it!

  11. Is Icons sci-fi, dystopian, mystery, all three? It sounds great; those are three of my favorite subgenres!

  12. I can't wait to read this story. I am very curious to see how it differs from the co-written Beautiful Creatures series. It sounds like it is a great read. Thanks so much for the review. And for the tour!

  13. I cannot wait for this book! It's bound to be amazing! :D

  14. I cannot wait to read this story! CAN NOT WAIT!!! Fangirling already! :)

  15. Thank you so much for the tour!!!

  16. This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A

  17. The idea of this book seemed great but the author didn't do a good job in making this story exciting. A few chapters were very boring and when it came to the romance, well, there wasn't any! I loved Ro, he was the star of the book but he got shoved aside for Lucas, who was wishy washy and silly a lot of the time.
    I hated the ending to this book and not even sure there will be a second book, if there is I wont be reading it.

    Maycee Greene (TRUSTprice - Software Download)