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Sunday, August 3, 2014

LibraryThing Review: Idols

Idols (Icons, #2)
ISBN: 978-0316205177
July 8, 2014
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 * I was given an ARC from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review *

Idols picks up right where Icons ended. Dol is presumed dead by everyone except the four Icon children, giving the group an advantage. Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas have successfully demolished two Icons. Soon after Fortis is captured, which left the group on the run for safety with absolutely no one to trust. On top of all this, Dol is having vivid dreams of a fifth Icon child. Was it really just a dream? Why did it feel so real? Is it too late for Fortis...is he already dead? What should they do? So many questions too many unanswered. 

I found this sequel to be better than its predecessor. Margaret Stohl writes beautifully. The pacing however needs work. This novel (compared to Icons) was fast paced, interesting, and slightly more entertaining though at times predictable. I thought Icons was slow throughout the whole book and never really picked up the pace. With Idols, the first fifty pages were slow but the amount of action taking place had me glued to the pages more often than not. There were more scenes between Lucas and Dol which made for a more believable romance. I wasn't a fan of the love triangle but the romance gave the plot more depth. I am also a huge fan of aliens. In my opinion, there wasnt enough of them within this series.

As weird as this sounds, the names of the four characters bothered me. I cannot picture anyone named Tima which ultimately lead me to hate her as a character. She came off very annoying to the point where I could not relate to her and was happy when she was suffering or in pain. If placed in Dol's shoes I wouldnt be Tima's friend. 

I would recommend Idols to fans of  aliens and dystopian novels.
  
Margaret Stohl was planned to attend Teen Book Festival (TBF) for the past two years but unfortunately was unable to make it. I have read the first Beautiful Creatures book, however I didnt continue because the southern accent bothered me too much. 

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