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!
If you love Pretty Little Liars, you’ll love this sexy teen drama set against the backdrop of the glamorous LA club scene-where every choice poses a threat and nothing is what is seems.
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.
Unrivaled is addictive! With a killer cliffhanger and twists around every corner, I couldn’t stop reading this novel. Now I’m impatiently waiting for the second book in the Beautiful Idols series.
Unrivaled will have you hooked from the very first page. Everything from the glitzy setting to the suspenseful plot is pure gold.
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.
Like its predecessor, this is a suspenseful page-turner that is teasingly addictive. A good old-fashioned whodunit.
Gr 10 Up—In this follow-up to Unrivaled, A-lister Madison Brooks has gone missing and is presumed dead. Aster Amirpour, the Unrivaled Nightclub Contest winner, is the number one suspect. Convinced that Aster is innocent, Layla, Tommy, and Ryan team up to help her clear her name. However, Layla finds herself ensnared in an elaborate plot to expose the "real Madison Brooks." After receiving a series of threatening letters and fragments of Madison's past life, Layla soon learns that Aster and Madison aren't the only ones whose lives are in jeopardy. Although it is unclear why someone is intent on dismantling Madison's carefully constructed image, what is obvious is that Aster, Tommy, Layla, and Ryan are running out of time to save Madison and vindicate Aster. This second installment picks up where the first volume left off and reveals the vulnerabilities of the characters either loved or loathed in Unrivaled. Whereas the previous entry reveled in the excess and dog-eat-dog world inhabited by the teens, in Blacklist the setting is the background for a good old-fashioned whodunit. The scandalous, gossipy tone of the first book is underscored as the teens grapple with the underbelly of fame, notoriety, and the realization that nothing is as it seems. Like its predecessor, this is a suspenseful page-turner that is teasingly addictive; it works as a stand-alone entry in the series and as a worthwhile sequel. VERDICT Recommended for most libraries serving teens, especially those with fans of the previous title.—Tamela Chambers, Chicago Public Schools
The Beautiful Idols saga continues as the competitive Hollywood teens deal with the consequences of Madison's murder.It turns out that Hollywood it girl Madison is not actually dead, but the LAPD remains convinced that Aster murdered her—after all, Aster was found with a dress soaked in Madison's blood. Aster is, of course, innocent of the crime, so when she's released on bail, she decides to investigate the murder with her friend Layla, compromising herself with a series of break-ins. Meanwhile, the romances among all the other young people continue, with frequent but always completely sincere partner switches. Mateo needs to make money to take care of his cancer-stricken little sister, so he instantly becomes a successful model. Tommy attracts the attention of music promoters and gets a good start on his career, moving into a high-end apartment before he makes any actual money. Journalist Trena follows the murder story and starts to receive threatening anonymous messages with pages from Madison's diary, which reveals that Madison lied about her past. As in series opener Unrivaled (2016), all characters have supermodel looks and personalities that fit the trendy, uber-competitive setting, occasional references to brown skin and ethnic names doing little to supply a real sense of diversity. Noël emphasizes romance and emotional turmoil perhaps more than her mystery but ends with another cliffhanger; clearly, yet another overlong tome awaits. Chick lit to the max for those who want it. (Chick lit. 14-18)
Tailor-made for readers interested in getting lost in the glitzy, sexy world of Hollywood stars.