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Idols [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Stohl

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The second book in a breathtaking new series from Beautiful Creatures co-author Margaret Stohl

The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us…

…most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives – and stop one heart forever.

In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.

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‘Epic in scale and exquisite in detail – a haunting, futuristic fable of loss and love’ Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Matched Trilogy

Praise for Beautiful Creatures:

‘Gorgeously crafted, atmospheric, and original. I devoured it’ – Melissa Marr, NYT bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

‘A hauntingly delicious dark fantasy’ – Cassandra Clare, NYT bestselling author of City of Bones

'Watch out Twilight and Hunger Games' – Guardian

'This novel has been generating Twilight-level buzz.' – Teen Vogue

About the Author

Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316205176
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Margaret Stohl is a lifelong science fiction fan, former video game designer, and co-author of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Was that it? 14 Jan. 2015
By Inspired Kathy - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Was that the end? Or is there another book? I couldn't quite figure it out cause some things ended and others weren't wrapped up. If there is another book I doubt I will read it because I don't really care about this story enough to devote more time to it. However I don't regret reading this. It was different and entertaining even though I felt lost half the time trying to figure out what was happening. If you like Sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy romance then at least take a look at this series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars There were many parts of this novel I found to be great and some that I thought were more poorly done ... 18 April 2015
By AudioBookReviewer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Idols by Margaret Stohl is the sequel to Icons and picks up a few months after the end of the first novel. The novels are set in a world run by aliens that have dominated humans. The majority of human race was eliminated and the remaining people are enslaved. The main character Dol, her childhood companion Ro, and friends Lucas and Tima are icon children, in that they seem to be immune to the effects of some of the alien powers and seem to be dominated by one emotion that is especially heightened. With Fortis and Doc as their companions they set out to try to bring down the alien overloads and find out more about themselves in the process.

There were many parts of this novel I found to be great and some that I thought were more poorly done than in the first novel. The teenager behavior of the characters is extremely present in this novel. There is almost as irrational discord in the group of fours ranks. However, the novel is just as, if not more action-packed and exciting. The events of this sequel are more interesting to me because a lot of background information about the world that the characters’ are living in is revealed. Fortis has come to the forefront of the novel and is perhaps one of the most intriguing characters and the one with the most depth. The new characters that are introduced in this sequel are also well defined and intriguing. Oddly, I felt that some of the new characters were better defined that the main characters.

In this novel, the main characters, and therefore the listener, begin to obtain more information about what is going on. As in the first novel, there are in between readings between the chapters and in this novel they actually provide the listener with more information than the main characters themselves know. This helps the listener perceive the events of the novel with more insight than the main characters, which is good because the pace at which the main characters find out more about themselves is slow.

I believe the narrator, Therese Plummer, did a great job with the voice of the different characters as before. She doesn’t lose the listener’s attention. As before I still found the main character’s voice to be annoying and I now think that I also just didn’t like the main character altogether. I find her to be a bit dull and perhaps a bit overdramatic. I though the rest were great. Another interesting aspect that I picked up in the sequel that I didn’t notice in the first is the poetry. I felt that every line that was say could have been a line in a poem. The production was well done; the in-between readings were especially great.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like this novel as well as ICONS 13 Nov. 2014
By Believer - Published on
"IDOLS" is the fascinating sequel to "ICONS", a young adult fantasy that blends science fiction, adventure and romance. It opens with the gunning down of Dol, Ro, Tima, Lucas and Fortis's chopper by the Simpas, landing them in the heart of a wilderness. Only with Fortis's self-sacrifice are the four Icon Children able to flee, finding a haven with the Resistance in the Belter Mountains.

Behind granite walls Doloria (Dol) feels a strong sense of security until she begins dreaming about a young girl who she believes could be another Icon Child. In a race against the Simpas hunting them, Dol and her friends must travel to Southeast Asia in their search for the child. As the danger and suspense mounts they also must confront the truth about their past, one closely linked to the arrival of the Lords.

In a landscape where civilization has been decimated by ICONS, an inhuman race that came from space, four young people have been genetically manufactured to rid the world of the scourge. The plot told from Dol's perspective is slow, and perplexing with the infusion of journal entries and log notes. But in a showdown that has the four fighting to survive a burning chopper, a crumbling mountain, the Simpas' assault on the temple, and even challenging a traitor to humanity, the action heats up. Even the search for a fifth icon child lends the story an air of mystery, the drama of the events unfolding, diluted from time to time by dry humor. The climax holds a shocking cliff-hanger that begs for another book.

In this story Doloria de la Cruz, the Grassgirl is filled with apprehension, confusion and suspicion not only with the truth revealed in the journal entries Fortis doesn't want revealed, but also in her romance with Lucas and her friendship with Ro. She seems torn between the two boys in her life. Although she continually shows a deep rapport with one, she's constantly drawn to the other as if she can't make up her mind who she wants to be with. Lucas Amare remains shy and restrained, his talent persuasion rather than a fighting spirit while Furo (Ro) Costas burns hot whenever his friendship with Dol is tested, and his temper is unleashed. In this story none of the main characters seem passionate in their quest, but rather weak with all their questioning, fear and doubt.

I didn't like this novel as well as ICONS. I felt the action was subdued, and that the quest to save humanity was lost in all the detail from the past and the search for the fifth Icon child. Perhaps the next book in the series will have the Icon Children developing their powers and back to saving the world. I'd rate it 3.5 if the scale allowed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of Idols 12 Oct. 2014
By MaryAnn - Published on
When I read Icons by author Margaret Stohl I had mixed feelings on the novel. The sci-fi portion of it was pretty badass and the idea of the Icon Children was pretty unique. The way that the novel ended definitely left room for a potentially awesome sequel. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a huge fan of Margaret Stohl’s ever since I read her co-written novel Beautiful Creatures, but Idols was missing the same punch that Beautiful Creatures packed. Still I was interested in getting to find out where Dol and the Icon Children’s story would go.

In Idols, Dol and the four other Icon Children have just saved Los Angeles but this has only made things more difficult than they could ever imagine. For Dol this is because she must choose between the two loves of her life: Lucas and Ro. One of which she has known practically forever and the other who she has been attracted to since they met. Now on the road again to an outpost that is supposedly sanctuary, familiar faces reappear and something new surfaces. A young girl appears before Dol calling them both sisters and forcing Dol to find a possible fifth Icon Child. As their search leads to Southeast Asia the Icon Children discover secrets about the reasons behind their existence and face a new unexpected threat from the Icons.

What I noticed first off was that Idols has way more action than the novel before it did. There are more explosions (literally a lot of explosions) and more threats against the lives of the characters. I love action. Seriously fight scenes are the best thing ever since sliced bread. However in moderation (just like bread) actions scenes are kickass. While I felt that Idols had a little bit too much where there could have been better room for character growth/plot development—we still got those explosions and their aftermath.

Compared to Icons, Idols was a bit lacking. There were a lot of things that happened too quickly or too slowly and there wasn’t a set-pace. There would be moments that were high and moments that were low but there wasn’t a definitive pacing. Some moments I would be bored and the others I would be on the edge of my seat. That mixture can be good sometimes and work for some people but if you’re anything like me you want consistency.

The love triangle that is used in Idols didn’t really have me cheering on either guy. I’ve felt distant from Lucas and Ro since Icons and this novel didn’t help me clear it up any more. We know that inevitably Dol must choose one of them as is a must with love-triangles. She does choose in this novel and it isn’t a very surprising choice. In terms of this love triangle I found it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been but still added some drama to the plot.

What I loved most about this novel was what happened between the chapters. There are conversations between a scientist and a space entity called NULL which act as a bit of a pre-story to the current plot. I loved it. I loved the way it was written and how much was described and said with only transcripts of a conversation. That is the kind of writing I wished I could have seen throughout the novel because it was phenomenal.

Idols ends in a way that sets it up for another book and I am pumped for it because it seems like Dol’s character is going to do some pretty crazy stuff. The kind of crazy that I am a big fan of. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do and if it’ll all be worth waiting for on my part. I would recommend this series to fans of sci-fi, readers who love love-triangles and to any readers who are fans of Beautiful Creatures and want to read more from one of the authors.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slower than ICONS, still interesting 26 Aug. 2014
By Kate - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

Whereas ICONS was a fast-paced, rush of a novel, IDOLS is a slow burn, with bits and pieces offered to the reader throughout until the big reveal (and cliffhanger) at the end. While not a bad thing, my expectation was for a higher level of action, and I was mildly disappointed at the resulting slowness. As the four Icon children, Dol, Ro, Lucas and Tima, take a long journey with Fortis, you get the feeling of waiting for things to happen to them, whereas previously, the four were the ones that made things happen around them.

Dol, our narrator, has a very unique voice, and I really enjoyed that about the book. It’s so honest and raw, and the way the reader knows everything she is thinking really adds to the tension that grows as they near the end of their journey. Once again, I also enjoyed the snippets in between chapters as they gave the reader a chance to know some backstory that Dol isn’t aware of. Sometimes, I was even more interested in the backstory – maybe someday there’ll be a prequel that explains all about how the aliens came to Earth and Fort and Doc’s story.

One frustrating bit was the love triangle between Dol and Ro and Lucas. When boys are involved, Dol seems naive and young, which is at odds with her marginally more assertive personality that shines through a few times. Though she is scared, she is also brave, but the boys seem to sap any personality and turn her into a wishy washy teenager.

All in all, there’s a lot to like about IDOLS. Even if my mind wandered a bit, the cliffhanger ending pulled me back into the series, and now I’m very much waiting for book three. Surprises abound in IDOLS, and it is fun to take the journey with the four Icon children and Fortis. I wouldn’t suggest picking this one up on its own, but if you’re already a fan of ICONS, IDOLS is a good next step in the series – a series I hope to see get even better!
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