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 the first book in the new ‘Beautiful Idols’ series by Alyson Noel.
It’s written from the perspective of four main characters, Layla, Tommy, Aster and Madison. It starts with a prologe which introduces Madison and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. It then jumps a month previous to Madison’s disappearance and individually introduces the reader to Tommy, Aster and Layla. These three characters are strangers to each other but all have one thing in common, they all enter Ira Redman’s Unrivaled Nightlife competition.
Although Unrivaled is described as a thriller, after the prologue, the actual mystery/thriller aspect to this book isn’t introduced until way over the half way mark. Until then, if I’m honest, not all that much happens. We’re simply introduced to the characters, their backgrounds and the events of the Unrivaled Nightlife completion, before we’re slowly drawn into a scandal that eventually unfolds (which we’re aware of from the prologue.) Having said that, despite a majority of this book being pretty uneventful, it was such a quick read it almost didn’t matter.
I didn’t warm to any of the characters all that much but oddly, I didn’t mind. They were a diverse collection of people, from different backgrounds, wanting different things, with different approaches to achieve those goals and yet trying to reach them by fighting for the same prize. It was fun to read from the perspectives of such different people, who ultimately, wanted the same thing, to win.
I almost wish the first two books in this series had been merged together so this book could have been a bit more momentous. I felt as though it finished just as it was getting started, or at least, just as we were about to get to the exciting part. However, I feel this was a good set up for the series to come.
Unrivaled was a fun, quick and easy read. I’m sure I will continue with this series, as of when it’s released. I have a feeling it’s going to interesting and I’m definitely intrigued to see what happens next.