The Blonde Bookworm: Unrivaled by Alyson Noel -- Review

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel -- Review

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Title: Unrivaled (Beautiful Idols Book One) 
Author: Alyson Noel 
Pages: 448 
Publishing: January 31st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books 
ISBN: 0062324535


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.


Two words. Guilty. Pleasure. Unrivaled totally had me hooked from the first page and I couldn't put it down. For a book on the longer side, it was easy to finish in just a few days. I started reading it and realized hours later that I hadn't stopped and was now hundreds of pages into the story! It reminded me a lot of Sara Shepard's writing style and it had the dramatic, over the top, and high society flair that immediately sucks you into the world of the characters. 

The story was told by four different characters over a period of a summer and I found that I really enjoyed hearing from different characters. Other readers mentioned that they often became confused with who was who, but I didn't have that difficulty. All of the characters were so unique that I instantly knew who was telling their point of view at the time. I really enjoyed each of the characters, except for Layla, who seemed to be the character we heard from the most. She was cut throat and didn't really care who she had to step on to get to the top. Her ambition and intense attitude weren't the things that bothered me, it was her attempts to act like she was a good person. I don't think you're ever really supposed to love every character in a novel, so it didn't bother me too much. 

Unrivaled mixes the high of the Hollywood lifestyle with the mystery and intrigue of a thriller novel, and I loved every second of it. The novel ends with a cliff hanger, leaving me wanting the next installment ASAP! I was a big fan of Unrivaled and would highly recommend it to lovers of Sara Shepard and Alyson Noel novels. 

Rating 4/5 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. So is this YA? I've read Noel before but hadn't heard anything about Unrivaled. I like the multiple POVs and I agree that you may not and don't have to love every character in a story. I'm glad you enjoyed this so well! I look forward to seeing your thoughts on book 2. :D

    1. It is considered YA! Same here... I hadn't heard of it before but it was great! Hopefully I will be able to read book 2 soon. It comes out next week!


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