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Icons (Icons #1)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  5,121 ratings  ·  758 reviews
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
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
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 ...more
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Words cannot even begin to describe how much I adore Icons. You know how some people say "I can't even", and some people don't understand it? Well, guess what.

Everything about this book is phenomenal; everything. I was emerged into the world of the Icons immediately, and I never for a second wanted to put the book down. When I would, it was the only thing on my mind. And whenever I picked it back up, I would read 150 pages in one go. Icons is definitely a favorite of 2013 and of al
2 stars. So, here's the thing, Margaret Stohl. I gave Beautiful Creatures a try, but I really, really didn't like it. I didn't like it enough to not give your sequel(s) (did that make sense?) a try.

But then I heard you were making a dystopian series, first book titled Icons. So I was like, Okay. She's doing something new. I'll give this a try. Even though the absolute MAJORITY of dystopians seemed half-assed, with weak plots, boring stories, and even worse world building.

Needless to say, Ms. S
Cora Linn
I wasn't completely sold on the style with this one, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Aliens usually aren't my thing, but the alien presence in this book didn't put me off. This wasn't all in your face about the visitors from outer space. Yeah, they were there, they were mentioned a lot, but it was done really well in this book so it's NOT just a book about aliens invading earth. Which is good, because it kept me reading.

I think this is part of a series (the first) but I don't think I'll read on. Fo
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: When I first started reading Icons, I thought it was going to be a five-star book. Crazy-creative world-building is easy to spot, and Icons has unique world-building in spades. I liked Dol and loved Ro, and I enjoyed trying to figure out just exactly what was going on. Ramona Jamona the pig just cracked me up, and I was actually a little sad when the aliens killed her (not really a spoiler--it happened right at the beginning). I love the "Classified" docu
Icons is an excellent novel full of 'big feels' Icons is based primarily on fear. Humans live in a post-invasion world were the the aliens only deal with the Ambassadors and can wipe out entire cities with a single pulse. The cities are remnants of the some of the most inhabited cities in the world. The landscape, described in vivid detail, is a character all its own.

The story follows Dol a grass girl who leads a simple life away from the Hole, what used to be Los Angeles. Dol is not a normal te
Rosie Pearson
So far I'm not overly impressed. I loved the concept and everything she's hinting at is interesting but Margaret Stohl just isn't explaining these ideas. Now I understand what the characters are and what they can do is the mysterious element in the story. But when you have those elements you have to almost overshadow that and keep it as a nagging in the back of your head thing and fill the gaps with action sequences, maybe through in a love triangle and a minor antagonist to keep the readers int ...more
Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦

With insane world-building, complex and creative characters, Icons has become one of the creative works of Margaret Stohl. After writing Beautiful Creatures, she became super popular and everyone who read her first book and a fan of it, has to read Icons.


The story begins with introducing us to the events that happened on The Day. It doesn't explain it in details but gives us some sort of background on what happened. Fast forward about 15 years, Dol is with RO, a boy who she grew up with. Since
I have always loved Margaret Stohl, especially after reading the Beautiful Creatures series. And when I saw that she was going solo with Icons, I knew I had to read it.

Aliens are getting very popular these days in the YA genre, with I am Number Four and the recent release of The 5th Wave, but it can be very hard to get it right, and I am sad to say that this one fell a little flat for me. It took me a long time to figure out why I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to, and to be honest, I
Megan Bacchus
This was a really enjoyable book. I haven’t read many sci-fi books and I found this book to be really good. I could very much see this book as a movie. At first the terminology was a bit confusing, such as the Day, the Icons, and the Lords. The plot involves the Lords which are essentially aliens (never have been seen) have come to earth and using Icons (giant structures that possess a power to kill) they have taken over the earth on the Day. Not everyone is dead and the rest have been allowed t ...more
First, I have to get this out of the way: is Icons anything like Beautiful Creatures? No. Did I expect it to be? Okay . . . maybe I’ll admit that having Margaret Stohl’s name on the book, even with Kami Garcia’s missing, led me to believe it would be in a similar style, even if the topic was entirely different. It was undeniably different . . . but that was okay, too. Icons goes straight to science-fiction, blending aliens (other rather, extra-terrestrial life of some sort) and mythology. It’s a ...more
[Da] Neil Wing

I don't know if I've read the book too fast, thus I can't feel (at all?) any emotions in this book or Icons was really lacking of that element. Mind you, I appreciate the plot and the world building but I think it has been overcooked that the author forgot to apply emotions to her characters. Seriously, I can't connect with the characters, I can't feel them within me. And I don't like a book if it doesn't carry feelings because for me feelings makes the characters and the world seems realisti
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
It was good. Not spectacular. The first half was pretty slow but if finally picked up halfway through. I didn't really connect with any of the characters though and that was a problem for me. I will be interested to see where the rest of the series goes and will be reading it. I find I don't have enough words for a full review on my blog so this is it.
Jul 16, 2013 Allison marked it as to-read
This should be really interesting-after her take on "witches" and "vampires," I can't wait to see Stohl take on "aliens." Good for her. Hope to see a romance and plot just as good as Beautiful Creatures.
Ta§chima Cullen
Icons was a book I was excited for, and I really wanted to like, not because the author wrote Beautiful Creatures (still haven't finished that series) but because of the premise, and let's be honest a little bit because of the cover (I think it looks sick, if that is still a word being used). What ended up happening is that I has to make myself sit down in order to finish it. The beginning was exciting, and held a lot of promise, but once the story was past that first rush of excitement... it ki ...more
In short: Unfortunately, Icons by Margaret Stohl failed to impress me with its standard and slow paced plot, its botched scientific explanation, and its flat characters.

I struggled with Icons, which was frustrating because I could see the potential in the concept. Aliens (or "Lords") invade Earth and teens with special powers (the "Icon children") help protect humanity. It was a premise that I should have found interesting and gripping, but instead I found that I just couldn't get into the story
Icons is original. Complicated. Emotional. Powerful. And sometimes difficult.

And entirely worth the read.

Here's the hook for me - it's not the alien invasion, although that's pretty well done, in a fresh way. It's not the love triangles or squares or whatever. Icons is great because of Stohl's portrayal of four real kids who have real, messy, confusing feelings that are more powerful than they know how to deal with.

Sound familiar? That's because it describes every young person on the planet. And
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I'm a huge fan of Beautiful Creatures and all of the other books in the Caster Chronicles series. When I heard of Icons, I was extremely excited because I was so excited to see how Margaret Stohl would fare without Kami Garcia. Stohl blew me away with Icons and it exceeded any expectations I had.

It's so hard to express how much I loved Icons in one short review. Margaret Stohl tosses out all of the generic alien stories and creates her own original alien mythology.
A YA dystopian novel by Margaret Stohl of Beautiful creature’s fame. This was without a doubt a book that stands own its own merit, it has no familiarity to any other book in this genre, and it is well thought out, well written and extremely readable.
I really enjoyed this book, it took a little while to relate to the characters, and as yet we still don’t fully understand just how special Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas are, but that does not matter, because I have been swept along on an adventure t
Saruuh Kelsey
More intense, hard hitting, and emotional the second time around. Safe to say, I'm wrecked again by this book. (28.07.14)


Icons is absolutely phenomenal. I had first expected it to be a run-of-the-mill dystopian society, but it was written by Margaret Stohl, whose writing I love, so I was always going to read it regardless. But what I actually got, what this book delivered, was so far from what I expected, and a far cry from run-of-the-mill.

Icons is filled to the brim with exhilarating action,
Ruth Silver
I wanted so much to love Icons. The cover looks amazing, I really enjoyed Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures (though quite bluntly was less impressed with the second book in the series) and this is how I felt about Icons, not impressed. There were a lot of flaws with the story, specifically about these Lords. I can understand the point - we're being oppressed and there's not much one can do about it with these giant Icons enslaving us - but I have trouble with the lack of emotion I felt in kno ...more
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

Wow. Where to begin? This book is pretty short at a shade under 300 pages, but it packs a huge punch. I didn't think that Stohl was going to go into the space opera area of YA (a sub-genre that badly needs boosting), but I'm glad she did, because she's done right by it. There's a lot going on in this first book in the "Icons" series, and now I'm pretty much slavering for book two. If you're looking for an exciting sci-fi adventure that still stays within the familiar elegance of Stoh
Michelle Mags
*Thank you to Hachette Book Group CA for giving me an ARC copy.*

ICONS is a bundle of fast paced plot, amazing concept, and out of this world . Dear Margaret Stohl, you have made me love you at BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, with ICONS, call me your numero uno fan.

Stohl balanced the plot beautifully from action to pacing and to the very much needed romance. Be sure to be on the look out for this book once it hits shelves on May!

*NOTE: I'm on the run right now but I'll be writing a more detailed review la
Hayden Casey
Feb 16, 2013 Hayden Casey marked it as want-plz

Aww, they redesigned it. :(

I have to say. This cover is one of my favorites in all of history. I love it so much, and I have no idea why. I can't WAIT for this.
Clover Donovan
Jun 28, 2011 Clover Donovan marked it as to-read
I knew Margaret & Kami would split up soon, can't wait to see what Margaret can do on her own, since I didn't enjoy "Beautiful Creatures" as much.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Interesting story with a mix of Sci-fi/dystopian elements weaved in. There was good action, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters.

Opening Sentence: One tiny gray dot, no bigger than a freckle, marks the inside of the baby’s chubby arm.

The Review:

Doloria Maria de la Cruz is special — she survived The Day. When she was a baby there was an attack on Earth from an extraterrestrial life form called the Icons. On that day the power s
Thomas Luongo
The synopsis for this novel uses the phrase "uncontrollable emotion," and I don't think a more perfect phrase could've been chosen.
The manner in which Stohl tells the remarkably unique, yet somehow familiar-feeling, story pulls one in from the very first chapter. The plot will tug at your heart and evoke strong emotional responses to the varying situations.

Many novels have been written about alien invasions and dystopias, but this is a rather refreshing take on the two subjects; a gorgeous infu
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door, Voyager and Netgalley.)
16 years ago, 13 strange metallic ‘Icon’s’ dropped from the sky, and situated themselves in the largely populated areas of the world, killing millions of people, and turning others into slaves.

17-year-old’s Dol and Ro live in the wilds outside of one of these epicentres, away from the Embassy and the ‘Sympas’ (sympathisers who have become
Nikki (There were books involved...)
I was so excited when I won an ARC of this book. First, the cover - my ARC has the beautiful original pink cover, which I originally fell in love when when I first heard about the book. And that summary had me completely hooked. I was positive this book would be amazing. Positive.

And it would've been... if the book had actually been able to pull off what the summary implies.

To be fair, the first few sentences of the summary are dead-on. The book opens with the deaths of Dol's parents when she wa
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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.)

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“Ro trails his hands against the wall as he walks. The archivists look at him as he passes. Ro is good at irritating people; he'll find the one thing you don't want him to do, and do it every time. It's one of his many gifts.” 13 likes
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