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Source: Paperback (ARC)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: 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 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 are lured into a competition. The prize, or rather the target? Madison Brooks.
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.
I've known about this author for years! I read the first three or four books in her Immortals series, but I felt like the series just got too complicated for me to keep up with it! I haven't read any of this author's other series though! I heard about this book when the UK publisher emailed me about review copies and this book was in the email! I love contemporary books, and this book was compared to Pretty Little Liars, which is one of my favourite television shows, so I decided to request a review copy! I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it, but I actually found myself really enjoying it! It took me like three sittings to read and I found the storyline very cool and vey different! It showed Hollywood as being tough and ruthless place to make a living if you're at the bottom, which is true! The plot also developed at a really goo pace and had some action, suspense and romance in it! The characters were also amazing and all so different from each other! There were four main characters in this book! Layla was the first character that was introduced! Layla came from a normal, everyday background, and she wanted to create a celebrity blog and become famous through her blog! I really liked Layla! She stood up for herself in this book and she didn't let people walk over her! You have to be like this in Hollywood, but it can also come back and bite you! Aster was another main character, and Aster came from a rich background and she thought that she was going to make it big in Hollywood because of this! Aster learned a lot in this book about the kind of person she was and she learned that fame comes at a price! Tommy was another main character, and Tommy was a guy that tried his best to get to where he wanted to be, but his father always made it impossible for him! He always wanted to please his father and try and achieve more than what his father thought he was going to achieve! Madison was the last character, and she was the one person of the main characters that had made it big in Hollywood! She had lots of money, a nice house, and had a successful boyfriend! Madison had a lot of secrets though, and she worked hard to keep them buried! Madison also had a bit of a smug way about her, but she was also very normal at times too! This book was written from four different point of views! It was written from Layla, Aster, Tommy, and Madison's point of views! I normally prefer a book to only be written from no more than two point of views, but the plot of this book was made better by being written from so many different point of views! It helped me connect more with all the characters too! I'm also definitely going to read the next book in this series when it releases! I really enjoyed this book and The cover for this book is stunning! It definitely drew me to the book and it suits the book too! I like that the cover doesn't have people on it and how simple, but effective it is! I'm also going to read the next book in this series! Big thank you to Mira Ink for an ARC of Unrivalled!