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.
Oh, this book was so fantastic! Full of twists and turns, and I loved the mystery and these characters! They were so fascinating to read about, with their secrets, their motivations, and I'm so glad that this is a trilogy because this book was a perfect start for one!
This book is different from Alyson Noel's most recent releases-it's a contemporary mystery, there's no paranormal element unlike the Immortal series or the Soul Seekers series! And yeah, that was different, but it was a good change, something new, though I wouldn't mind more paranormal books from Alyson Noel in the future!
All three of these teens had their reasons for entering the competition. The prize was a good motivator, as well as family secrets, and a step towards the future wanted. Which is a bit vague, but less spoilery, I hope!
I really enjoyed this mystery, of Madison Brooks, and how this story began with what happened to her, then backtracked and then yeah, things unfurled! I loved the twists and turns, they were cruel, to both us readers, and to the characters, but they were so stinking great to read!
This was such a great book, and I can't wait to read Blacklist!
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Beautiful Idols #1
Read: February 17th, 2017
Reason Why: Sounded so great, I love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: May 10th 2016