Unrivaled by Alyson NoelUnrivaled by Alyson Noel

Unrivaled

byAlyson Noel

Hardcover | May 10, 2016

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël comes the first book in the Beautiful Idols series. With mystery and suspense, fans of Sara Shepard, Kimberly McCreight and E. Lockhart 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.

Alyson Noël writes young-adult novels including Faking 19, Saving Zoe, Kiss and Blog, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Cruel Summer, Laguna Cove and Fly Me to the Moon. She is also the author of the Immortals series. She has won numerous awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenag...
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Title:UnrivaledFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062324527

ISBN - 13:9780062324528

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was a chore to read For me, Alyson Noël's books are either a hit or a miss, go one way or the other. I never know what to expect when I read books written by her. Sometimes, they go amazingly and I can't help but squeal about the summer-related story that has captivated many readers. Other times, I am so disappointed (specifically with her fantasy novels) that I just have no other choice but to DNF them. It's been a few years since Alyson released a new novel, and when I heard about Unrivaled, later seeing its cover, I knew I was in for a good read. Well, it sucks to say, I was completely wrong. I seriously didn't like this one. Unrivaled was just a catty book full of complaints, gossip and drama that I couldn't care less about because I cannot relate to the story or lifestyle of these spoiled teenagers living in Los Angeles, having "the time of their lives." Would I even recommend this to fans of Private by Kate Brian? No, because at least that story was realistic. This is no way realistic unless you're a heiress and live like these characters do. This was a chore to read. I barely was able to finish it. I skimmed the last fifty pages or so and found out that WOW, nothing changed! This was just a snoozefest that had no passion in it. It seemed that Alyson was basically struggling her way to write this novel and make it entertaining. Normally, I don't mind these kinds of books because I like drama. I have read books by the author of Gossip Girl and enjoyed those tens of thousands of times more than I enjoyed this one. WHY DIDN'T I LIKE IT, UGH. I really wished I enjoyed this because it has a gorgeous cover and it looked interesting. I didn't see almost any good in itThe only positive I was able to see was the beginning of the book. I liked the beginning of the story, and the two nice, promising quotes that kind of spoke to me were found in the beginning. I wanted to read about the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, California, a city I have always wanted to visit and fall head over heels in. (It may happen soon, who knows?!) Alyson gave readers a hugely negative image of Hollywood and the tourism image. I don't feel naïve enough to believe it because we had a group of nasty characters, but you know, it could be true. As mentioned before, the characters were nasty. Madison, Aster, Tommy... they were all trying so hard to impress each other even though they had no brain cells in them. Honestly, they made the worst decisions and I would never do the things that they did. Mateo and Layla were the only reasonable ones, and I found that was true because they were normal. Ugh.
Date published: 2016-12-16

Editorial Reviews

“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.”