- Series: Beautiful Idols (Book 1)
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062324535
- ISBN-13: 978-0062324535
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Noel cycles among the stories of Layla, Tommy, Aster, and Madison in a gossipy, third-person narrative that makes for addictive reading...” (Publishers Weekly)
“Not all of LA’s beautiful people lead beautiful lives. Alyson Noel shows us with the details of an observant insider what they’re really up to, late into the night. Like a good celebrity, Unrivaled is mysterious and compelling and so gorgeous you won’t be able to look away.” (Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl series)
“This glitzy, suspenseful, shamelessly addictive read offers an all-access pass to the glimmering world of Hollywood celebrity, where fame is a game, dark secrets are currency, and love doesn’t come without a high price.” (Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures)
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“Unrivaled will have you hooked from the very first page. Everything from the glitzy setting to the suspenseful plot is pure gold.” (Jamie McGuire, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Disaster)
“Unrivaled reveals the dark, grittier side of fame and leaves the reader caught in a web of suspense and lies.” (#1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout)
“Pulling back the curtain on Hollywood’s nightclub scene, Alyson Noel’s Unrivaled has it all-glamour, passion, scandal, and even a missing starlet. This book is exactly what YA needs. More please!” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finders series)
From the Back Cover
Everyone wants to be someone.
Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.
But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.
She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.
That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.
Unrivaled is #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s first book in a thrilling suspense trilogy about how our most desperate dreams can become our darkest nightmares.
Hollywood Boulevard is a place best viewed behind a pair of polarized lenses and lowered expectations.
Yet if you know where to look (and if you’re fortunate enough to boast a spot on the guest list), it’s an oasis of the city’s hottest nightclubs—a hedonistic haven for the young, fabulous, and rich.
But there’s no exiting through the gift shop if you buy a ticket to this show. Once you push past the velvet ropes and pulsing crowds, you might never escape.
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“A glitzy, suspenseful, shamelessly addictive read.” — Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures
“If you love Pretty Little Liars, you’ll love this sexy teen drama where every choice poses a threat and nothing is what it seems.”— Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author
of Beautiful Creatures and Unbreakable
“Unrivaled will have you hooked from the very first page. Pure gold.”—Jamie McGuire, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Disaster
“Unrivaled reveals the dark, grittier side of fame and leaves the reader caught in a web of suspense and lies.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I think because it was touted as a YA mystery. What is wasn't was YA...and...sheesh...the mystery didn't kick in until almost the end of the book. Sort of.
It starts off okay with the disappearance of the hot "it" actress, Madison Brooks. But that was a few pages at most. The story goes off on a far tangent, dividing into three stories--Layla's, Tommy's, and Aster's--though all focusing on one contest to become a club promoter. And that's where it started to fall apart.
Nothing felt cohesive or solid, even though the characters were all revolving in this contest. It felt so first person, but was third person to read. Eventually, there were five characters stories going around. Not that I got confused, but some of it wasn't information relative to the story...parts that could have been left out so the real story could shine. And the characters weren't mysterious. All of their lives were pretty much spilled out in the first chapters...
By the time any mystery kicked in, I was kicking myself for not DNF'ing it. I kept hoping it would change for the better. The real story was going to start...and it didn't. I think this book was a preface, really. Book 2 is looming out there in the future, and I'm willing to bet, book 2 is where this story will shine it's brightest.
Honestly, I'd say wait for book 2 before reading this. Book 1 just...SMH...It fell flat for me.
BUT it turned out to be so much more than that! I would definitely have to say this book grew on me the more I read. I felt myself getting more and more invested in the characters and what was happening to each of them. By then end, I was thinking “wait, no! It can’t end! I don’t have nearly enough answers yet! Alyson Noel definitely left readers with a HUMONGOUS cliffhanger that we won’t recover from until the next book is released.
I was slightly disappointed that the book was titled after the string of night clubs that a sleaze bag runs and takes advantage of just barely legal kids. Or so it seems. And just to go ahead and get this out of the way, the series Beautiful Idols is named after one of the characters celebrity slamming blog. Slightly disappointing also.
The story is mostly centered around a few characters– Layla, Tommy, Aster, Madison, and Ira. How these characters are all brought together is quite interesting in itself.
Layla is the celebrity slamming blogger. She’s a very interesting character. She was definitely one of my favorites, but I couldn’t figure out why she was always so angry and standoffish. From what I could decipher, she really had no reason to be that way. But she was. Despite that, in my opinion, she was still the most likable character in the book (other than Tommy). I can understand her situation because she’s dealing with a lot of backlash in her relationship and doesn’t have much support in the path she decides to take. So there is alway a lot of tension there for her. Always the feeling that she’s doing something wrong.
Tommy was also one of my favorites because he was a good ole country boy out trying to chase his dreams in LA (cliche). In the beginning he comes off as this nice guy with a pure heart. But the more we learn about him, you begin to question that. Not entirely, but somewhat. The ONLY thing I didn’t like about Tommy is that he’s a little bit (ok A LOT) flip floppy. It’s very annoying and typical boy behavior that I didn’t expect from him. But I suppose everyone can get caught up in those bright LA lights. Hopefully the next book Tommy can be a little bit more stable.
Aster is an immediate love/hate relationship. She’s a rich and beautiful Persian princess who thinks she’s entitled to absolutely everything. She’s super bitchy and rude. Definitely thinks she’s too good for pretty much everyone else. Then towards the middle of the book, she shows you a little bit of a vulnerable side to her. The things she lets happen to her draws a lot of sympathy. BUT once she’s gets over the vulnerability and letting her guard down she turns right back into Queen Bitch.
Ira. He’s the sleaze bag night club owner I mentioned above. While I still stand by my first impression of him, there’s a little bit of something more there with him. He’s a sleaze bag that genuinely cares for certain people, but has a weird way of showing it. He will do something nice and you’ll be wondering what exactly is he expecting in return… As far as I can tell so far, nothing. Regardless he will choose himself over anyone else.
Madison is the character you want to like so bad because behind the glamour you can see who she really is. But she hides it so well, you can’t help but to hate her anyways. As the synopsis of the book says, Madison disappears. Honestly, I find the who situation very, very suspicious. And how the book ends sends you through a tail spin. I know I was stuck on thinking it’s not true and then second guessing based on what you find out.
The things each of these characters will go to for just a little bit of fame may or may not surprise you. But reading them journey through it is very interesting.
Most of the book, in my opinion, is setting the scene for Madison to disappear. Which doesn’t happen until close to the end. So luckily, we already know there’s another book in the series to hopefully answer some of our questions that we are left with.
While it definitely was not what I was expecting, it was still worth the read as the 4 stars indicate!
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