From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël comes the first book in the Beautiful Idols series. With mystery, suspense, and an insiders-only look at Los Angeles that echoes Gossip Girl’s racy and real New York, fans of Pretty Little Liars and readers who crave pulse-pounding romance will love Unrivaled.
Everyone wants to be someone. Layla Harrison wants to be a reporter. Aster Amirpour wants to be an actress. Tommy Phillips wants to be a guitar hero.
But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her own 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 world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in the Beautiful Idols series starts slowly but builds into an impossible-to-leave web of secrets and blackmail. Alyson Noël’s novel revolves around three ambitious 20-somethings who seize on the opportunity of a lifetime: spending the summer working as promoters for the hottest clubs in Los Angeles. The catch? They must compete against each other for a large paycheck. We tore through Unrivalled to find out just how far they’d go. With its mix of trashy L.A. scenes, romance and a whodunnit, it ticks all the boxes for a satisfying read.
No l (the Immortals series) sets this first book in her Beautiful Idols series in the glitzy, elitist, and seamy Los Angeles nightclub scene. Eighteen-year-olds Layla, Tommy, and Aster are thrown together after signing up for a contest competing to promote clubs owned by a powerful Hollywood mogul. The girl they all desperately want in their clubs: starlet Madison Brooks, a former small-town girl with a mysterious past. Layla has journalistic dreams, Tommy hopes to make it as a musician, and Aster is Persian royalty who wants to be a Hollywood starlet herself. No l cycles among the stories of Layla, Tommy, Aster, and Madison in a gossipy, third-person narrative that makes for addictive reading yet does little to endear these characters to readers. No l gives a bit of sincerity and na vet to each, most of all Tommy, but competitive, money-hungry superficiality and backstabbing dominate. No l seems to be interested in exploring the lengths to which people will go to get ahead, but the novel has little to say about it beyond the splashy, lurid repercussions of her characters' actions. Ages 14 up.