review: Icons by Margaret Stohl + giveaway
Stohl’s done an amazing job on her first solo venture – she’s woven beautiful imagery with a creative concept and I can’t wait for more!!
The Day changed everything, for the world and for Dol. When “they” came they planted 11 Icons around the world to control the masses, and in doing so killed millions and millions of people. Dol survived, but her parents did not. She was raised on the Mission in the Grasslands by the Padre and led a simple life with best friend Ro. Again her life changes when the Occupation Sympathizers capture her and Ro.
They are wanted for their powers. Dol is an empath, she can feel what others are feeling and Ro is a rager, and his anger creates a firestorm of fury that makes him virtually unstoppable. When they arrive at the Embassy they find two others just like them – Lucas, the lover who has charisma and charm and can bend others to his will and Tima who relies on fear and anxiety to control those around her.
Things that had me jumping up and down:
* Dol’s name, Doloria Maria de la Cruz. I will name a car this some day, mark my words.
*Lucas. Granted he wasn’t the most “trust worthy” (the quotes are important here), but if he isn’t the ying to Dol’s yang. Seriously.
*Ro, aka Furo Costas. I love him for his black and white/right and wrong views. This dude sees no gray and it’s refreshing to see him not waver with his beliefs.
*The concept. I had no idea this was an alien book. Really none. I find it interesting the idea of the Icons used as power sources welding the Lords powers over the earthlings.
*The setting. This story takes place in the Los Angeles of the future and I recognized so many things while reading. I kept saying, “I’ve been there and there!”
*The ending. I won’t go into details, just know that there is not a cliff hanger.
*The AI. Yes, all good scifi’s need an AI and this one is awesome.
What had me scratching my head:
*A few things seemed a little too easy , too convenient. I’m hoping these issues will be addressed in the next book.
*The ending. Yes, overall I liked it, but there was this one part I was like, “How did (redacted) happen?”