Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Static” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Static #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  71 reviews
During the summer before her senior year, 17 year old band groupie, Salem Vale, has been following her favorite punk rockers, Malice, from gig to gig hoping that one night she might get backstage and meet the sinisterly sexy guys. She's been saving her virginity for the lead singer Thane. One fateful evening she gets her wish. It's a dream come true. Except the dream turns ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 12th 2011 by Createspace (first published July 26th 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Static, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Static

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.65  · 
Rating details
 ·  486 ratings  ·  71 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sounds a bit like Jennifer's body, Right?
I can say that once I started reading this book, I wasn't reminded of that movie at all. The author did an amazing job making this book entirely unique. I really did LOVE Static. It totally rocked my socks off! No pun intended. In my opinion It held the same kind of appeal as The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black. Made for the more mature YA audience because of mild drug use, language, and not-very consensual sex. It is a fast-paced, deliciously da
Nov 17, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
FREE on Amazon today (11/17/2017)!
Jenna Howard
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-a
I'm not a huge reader of YA books. I've noticed that some (not all) authors dumb down their writing for a younger crowd. Authors I love in their mainstream genres will tackle a YA and I wince my through it.

Tawny Stokes isn't one of those authors and Static isn't one of those books.

I became sucked into Salem's story immediately. Salem is a regular teenage girl who has a massive crush on a rockband, especially the lead singer Thane. Things do not go according to plan for Salem is giving up her vir
Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya
Review by Shyla: Right out the gate I realized that Static wasn’t your average YA novel. The world Salem Vale lives in is gritty, dark and at times almost too real for a seventeen year old. With an ex groupie for a Mother, Goth Style, and balls the size of King Kong, Salem is a strange mixture of maturity, darkness, and vulnerability. Salem and her best friend Chloe have spent their entire summer following around their favorite band Malice, with all of their attempts to get backstage ending in f ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
"Parents hide your little rockers because the demons are coming to town to suck out their souls"
At first glance at the cover I expected I would be getting into a contemporary novel about a girl in a band, but when you read that synopsis, it's anything but.
I devoured this book when I started reading it pulled me in. I always tend to be on the side of the "bad guys" in the books. I love the dark side that challenges, overpowers and sometimes protect the main characters. It happened again to me he
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Static is an edgy YA paranormal book. I was pretty impressed actually – it was even better than I thought it would be. It's about a 17 year old girl named Salem who is determined to lose her virginity to the lead singer of a rock band. She basically seems obsessed with him. Little does she know, there is a very good reason for that. Thane, the lead singer of the band Malice, isn't what he seems. She finally gets a chance to meet him and next thing Salem knows, she wakes up in a dumpster somewher ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Talk about some life changing music! I really loved this book. I think the plot line of this book really grips the reader. I am always amazed at the writer's out of the box imagination to create such a great and wonderful story!

Ok, first the plot line of this book is nothing like I've read before. I enjoyed being pulled in all kinds of directions but also diving into a book with a unique storyline. I love the thought of music becoming static. If what you hearing is not all that your hearing, but
Ashley Stoyanoff
I had a bit of a love hate relationship with this book. It was unique and entertaining, but I didn’t really care for the hero—Trevor. Thane was much more interesting, and honestly, I liked him way better.

What I loved: Salem was a fabulous main character. She was spunky and sassy. Her personality was fantastic and kept me interested even when Trevor came along.

I also loved Thane. He was edgy, dangerous, and he didn’t hide who or what he was. When he met Salem again after the night that she was c
Jessica Bronder
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salem is a typical seventeen year old girl that is following her favorite band Malice around Idaho. She is infatuated with the lead singer Thane. The story starts with Salem and her best friend Chloe at Malice’s last show. Salem manages to get a back stage pass, but only one. Chloe lets her go by herself and Salem ends up waking up in a dumpster later the next day. When she gets home she ends up dieing.

Waking up in the hospital, Salem realizes something is wrong with her, especially when her eye
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
After flying through the pages of Demon Whisperer I simply could not wait to read Static. At the same time I was a little nervous about reading Static because it's about a girl who plans to lose her virginity to a rock-star and so I thought that there would be sex in the book which I'm not always keen on but I have to say that in Static it was tastefully done. There's not really very much of a sex scene so I thought that was really good.

I started reading Static and I just couldn't stop. I really
As much as I love vampire fiction it was fun to read something that was paranormal but different. I dont want to spoil it too much and say what the characters are. But they are not shifters and not vampires. And it was a great story.

The main characters of Salem and Trevor are well developed and you feel like you know enough about them to have their decisions make sense. Many of the secondary characters (members of the band Malice) are not as well-developed. But for being the secondary, evil char
Sheila Seabrook
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Static is thrilling and edgy and a great paranormal read. The heroine, Salem, is a groupie who discovers there's more to Thane, the lead singer of her favorite punk rocker band Malice, than she imagined. After getting invited backstage, she wakes up in a dumpster and the life she once lived is gone, replaced by a nightmare she must face or die. You will root for Salem and you will love this book!
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-like
Nope nope nope.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

What’s the first thing you think about whenever you read the summary of this book? You think about Jennifer’s Body, don’t you? I am completely sure that the summary reminds you of it, but let me tell you this, this is soo NOT like Jennifer’s Body. I have to admit that I thought the same when I found out about it, but as I started reading it, I realized that I was wrong, that this book was something different, and I am so glad I did.

Now, shall we talk about the plot
Paula  Phillips
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover of this novel I wasn't too sure what to expect, I just knew that it would have something to do with music and Rock N Roll hence the girl in the tartan skirt holding an awesome red and white electric guitar, but that was as far as I had gotten. As readers know I am a cover lover and that was the reason I purchased this book as I loved the look of the cover and thought to myself hmmm --- that could be a book I am interested in.
Static took me surprisingly not only into the worl
Zara Khan
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
have you ever eaten something that you din't like right away but slowly as you keep eating the taste develops and you realise that its damn good??

reading Static was exactly like that for me

I din't like it in the beginning,the story seemed weird and the main character seemed too cheap and desperate the story turned really interesting for me when Trevor gets into her life when all the weird mess is going on in her life,he seemed exactly like the kind of Y.A hero I like but later in the book ummmm
Alex Bennett
Tawny Stokes’s debut, Static, completely took my by surprise! I didn’t know if I was going to like it or not, but once I started, I couldn’t stop reading Static, and finished it in no time.

One of the things I liked the most about Static is that isn’t censored. For a young adult book—especially a paranormal one, it’s pretty gritty and raw. I loved how down to earth it all seemed. The mythology Tawny Stokes has created for Static was fantastic, and was just detailed enough to enjoy Static.

I was re
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently had the immense pleasure of reading not one, but two books by Tawny Stokes, and I can tell you I will be waiting for more. Her writing is edgy and intense, fast paced and fun. I love how Stokes is able to write a book that can be so dark one page, and have me chuckling the next. Static is a book like no other that I have read before, and I have to say it was pretty frickin awesome.

Salem starts off as this star-struck girl that just wants to meet the lead singer of her favorite ba
Book Junky Girls
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

Salem has been following her favorite band all summer waiting for her chance to be with the lead singer of the band. When her shot finally arrives everything goes wrong and she wakes up in a dumpster rembering nothing of what happened or how she got there. Suddenly something is happening to her and the only one with answers is roadie, Trevor.

Trevor was on and off but once you found out his past and how he's gotten to where he is you understand what he's doing touring with Malice. He was a great
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book was kind of ridiculous, but I liked it. I haven't seen many YA books that involve incubi and their offspring, let alone do so well. But this book does a great job with it. It was a little over the top with the romance between the two main characters, but I've come to just expect that in in YA books lately. I do think the author does a wonderful job of creating that relationship in a not creepy way, and the girl gets to stand on her own, grow, and save the day, which I appreciate.

I'm r
Cinette Santangelo
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another page-turner by Tawny Stokes.
This tale reminds you to be careful what you wish for. Because you just might get it.
Salem fantasized about losing her virginity to her punk rock idol, Thane, lead singer of the band Malice. Who ever thought she'd actually get to meet him, let alone end up in his bed. Or did she? This is where her nightmare begins...
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read this book on Wattpad, was the only one I could finish. It needed some editing, but overall a good book.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well told, fast paced, music infused story with an edgy, at times dark spin on the paranormal genre is how I'd describe this great book. Just loved it!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fatasy, abuse, romance
I was completely hooked on this book from the frist setence:) I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Kelsey Smith
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very well written novel. It had me hooked from start to end.
Dana Wright
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! Page turner. Can't wait to read more by this author!
Paperback Kingdom
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

Static is a well-written book, which does a great job of mixing a punk-rock, music-loving, alternative lifestyle with the strange and supernatural.

What We Liked:

Salem is a very interesting main character, and she's likeable for a lot of reasons. She's different— without the added supernatural stuff. Like, she's actually different, and it's refreshing to be in the head of a main character who is not only aware of her status as an outcast, but actually embra
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable exciting tale.

This book was not what I was expecting at all. It was a very good surprise and I did enjoy reading it.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, own
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Static. It's a fast-paced story, with an incredibly unique paranormal aspect going on. I don't want to spoil you all by telling you what paranormal being Static involves, but it's definitely a rarity in YA, and Tawny even includes a mythical figure in it...again, I won't mention who, but I'll give you a most version of his myth, he's pretty tight with King Arthur. ;)

Salem was a fantastic main character, she was feisty, and had a personality that jumped righ
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Salem Vale is a seventeen year old teen. who likes to go to concerts. She convinces a friend of hers to go to a concert. She is infatuated with a punk rock band called Malice. Little does Salem know Malice is not what they appear to be. Salem has been obsessing over the lead singer Thane. She has been saving herself for a night of love with Thane. Well she is excited to finally arrive at the concert but the bouncers ignore her. So they look at her and laugh. Salem doesn't fit the profile, meanin ...more
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shadow's Dangers (The Last Hope, #1)
  • Voice
  • Darwin's Children (Darwin's Children, #1)
  • Of Noble Chains (Ventori Fables, #1)
  • Blood Twist (Erris Coven, # 2)
  • Lennon's Jinx (Lennon's Girls, #1)
  • Banished from Grace (Fall from Grace #1)
  • Distraction (Years from Home, #1)
  • To My Senses (Nicci Beauvoir #1)
  • Blood Like Poison: The Trilogy (Blood Like Poison, #1-3)
  • Winter's Warrior: Mark of the Monarch (Winter's Saga, #4)
  • Promised (Promised Series, #1)
  • First Kiss (Heavy Influence, #1)
  • Melancholia (Duality, #1)
  • Eternal Hope (Hope, #2)
  • Genevieve
  • Avowed (Preordained, #3)
  • In Blackness (Book 1)
See similar books…
Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny ...more

Other books in the series

Static (2 books)
  • Electric (Static, #2)
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »