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 Unrivalled.
EVERYONE wants to be someone.
Layla Harrison wants to be a...more
Unrivaled begins with a prologue that features the main mystery of our story, the disappearance of Madison Brooks. It then backtracks to a month earlier where we first meet each individual character. The story is told in third person from the perspective of each of the main ...more
“The general rule in Hollywood was that you were only as good as your last project.”
This was a YA contemporary story set in Hollywood.
I had a bit of a hard time keeping track of which character was which in this book, but I did get it eventually. Layla was a wannabe reporter, desperate to make it and to make her blog a hit. Aster wanted to be an actress, and to not get ...more
This book just wasn't for me. For the most part, there wasn't really anything "wrong" with it but it just wasn't that great. The concept was cool but I felt like the writing style was lacking something. I can't really think of what it was lacking but it was just... plain.
I was pretty disappointed in the characters. They didn't have a lot of depth and, like the writing style, plain. To be honest, after page 13, I wasn't into this book at all. Layla was the first character we meet and ...more
So, I read this in one sitting. I picked it up and that was me. Lost. Gone.
And that hasn't happened in a while.
I think this book was exactly what I needed. It's fun and flirty and full of Pretty Young Things and just a little bit trashy.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the blend of Young Hollywood and mystery. Not all of the characters were Poor Little Rich Folk, there was a refreshing blend of circumstances and a hefty dose of ...more
A fun, easy and quick read.
To be honest, the majority of this book was relatively uneventful. The first 60% or so was mostly introducing the characters and the 'Unrivaled' Nightlife competition. Although not a lot happened, it wasn't tedious, since it read so easily. I will say it felt a little as though the book had been cut in half. It seemed to finish just as it was about to get exciting/interesting. It was a good set up for the series to come and did leave me wanting more. I'm sure I ...more
I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review! Was really excited to read it as blurb sounded really promising!
Also today is the publication day of this book, so whoop whoop happy book birthday!
THE WORLD: Okay so we have California where all the glamorous things happen. I would say the world is just like ours but really it is the world of celebrities and wanna be celebrities. The people we read about in tabloids, yeah ...more
Layla Harrison could not stop fidgeting.
I’m was actually very exciting for Unrivaled when I came across it at the Indigo Summer Preview Event. I haven’t read any of Alyson Noel’s other books but the synopsis and promise of suspense and mystery sold me. I’m still on the fence on how many stars I want to give this, it’s a tie between 2.5 stars and 3 stars. In all honesty I almost DNF this about 5 times, but I was determined to finish it. I assumed that maybe the ...more
The premise is a competition about club promotion (not quite as boring as it sounds) in which a group of eighteen year-old Hollywood wannabes is gathered together by a rich guy who owns a string of hot Hollywood clubs. In reality TV format, they battle it out to lure the most celebrities (and patrons) to their ...more
The first book in Alyson Noel’s Beautiful Idols series — the only one with a good cover might I add — is basically Gossip Girl, but set in Los Angeles (which is not a dig at all). While Unrivaled still has the fun and frothy backstabbing you look for in all your teen dramas, it is sadly lacking in fun fashion because almost everyone is poor.
Also big book love for Tommy. And his guitar.
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I received a free advanced copy from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In Hollywood, nothing is ever as it seems – not even the glamorous night life. When the biggest head of the LA club world announces a competition with a prize too good to pass up, many dreams and hidden desires find an opportunity to be unveiled, if only they are good enough to win, of course. Bringing together a celebrity blogger with a dream of studying ...more
Unfortunately, as with many of my reads lately, this one didn't particularly meet my expectations. I found it to be rather long and boring with many undeveloped characters.
For a brief summary, Unrivaled revolves around models Layla, Aster, Tommy, and Madison, who is the most well-known ...more
Ive read a comment that said that this book was very similar to PLL, and even tough, yes I like PLL, those who see the TV show have to agree that it has became kind of annoying with twists after twists, lies after lies, people who aren't who they claim to be...
But no, this books turned out to not have those no-go contents. Of course, it ...more
Vanity, hate, envy and a game not everyone is able to play or to understand – thats what Unrivaled is about.
A novel with a lot of unexpected twists and turns and characters who are as naïve as they are smart. This first book of the authors new Beautiful Idols series doesnt only come with a beautiful minimalistic cover design but an entertaining story, too.
This book caught my attention when I was searching for the upcoming new programs the publishers were sending out ...more
Quick & Dirty: This surprised me. In a good way!
Opening Sentence: Despite the crush of tourists storming the sidewalks year after year, Hollywood Boulevard is a place best viewed behind a pair of polarized lenses and lowered expectations.
I didn’t have very high expectations from this book but Noel surprised me with her captivating writing and absorbing characters. The story begins with a mysterious kidnap of a high profile celebrity. Then the ...more
“Just how far will you go, to get what you want?”
We absolutely love this Author and have a soft spot for her from our memory of inhaling her Evermore series years ago during our paranormal binge. So when we saw Alyson Noël had a new series out, we grabbed Unrivaled. This is book one in the Beautiful Idols series and it could not have been any more different to what we were expecting, whilst this deflated us a wee bit it did not mean we didn’t enjoy it for what it was. It was very in ...more
*Sigh.* How do I start?
This was the first ARC I ever received and I was actually excited to read this. I'll be honest; I am not even sure if I can do a full review for this book. I'd been trying to read this thrice already for almost a year now but I don't think this genre is my cup of tea.
During the first part of the story, which was the introduction of the characters, it was really interesting. I'd been wondering how this book ...more
I was a huge fan of Noel's Evermore series, so you can imagine I have been very happy to hear that there will be a new book. And I needed to get my hands on this. I am not going to lie, the first 20% have been rather slow, but stay with it. This book is a grower. Its as if it gets over the hill and then speeds up faster and faster. Because as you read along it just gets better and better.
The first 20% however only seem slow, because there is so many characters to meet. Ira is rich, ...more
“Just how far will you go, to get what you want?”
We absolutely love this Author and have a soft spot for her from our memory of inhaling her Evermore series years ago during our paranormal binge. So when we saw Alyson Noël had a new series out, we grabbed Unrivaled. This is book one in the Beautiful Idols series and it could not have been any more different to what we were expecting, whilst this deflated us a wee bit it did not mean we didn’t enjoy it for what it was. It was very in your face ...more
The main story is Ira holds a compertition looking to hire someone to help run his three night clubs and Layla, Tommy and Aster are just three of the ...more
Story of 12 eager under 20 years olds who enter into a "The Apprentice" like contest to see who can be most successful promoter at clubs on Hollywood Boulevard. Youth and fame are keys to success. The three main protagonists have very different motivations for wanting to win which are well developed in the beginning of the book. Then things go less well. The sub-plot of Hollywood's "It Girl's" disappearance is poorly developed and distracting. Her ...more
400-something page books don't intimidate me, but this is a book that should be 350 pages or so and see the inciting incident--Madison's disappearance--happen earlier. I was 51% in when ...more
*Genre* YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Unrivaled is the first of three installments in author Alyson Noel's Young Adult Mystery series called Beautiful Idols. Beautiful Idols has FOUR main characters. The players are Madison Brooks, Layla Harrison, Tommy Phillips, and Aster Amirpour. Three of these players will get a chance to become the next big thing by winning Ira Redman's Unrivaled Nightlifte contest. It is a cut throat competition that leaves only one ...more
Alyson Noël is the #1 NYT best-selling author of many award-winning and critically acclaimed novels for readers of all ages.
With 9 NYT bestsellers and over 8 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 36 ...more