Author: Alyson Noël
Series: Beautiful Idols, #1
Genre: YA, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 10 2016
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Source: Indigo Summer Preview Event
Rating: ♥ ♥. 5
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 ending would make up for the lack of a story but that was not the case for me.
After reading the prologue I couldn’t help but think “Oh great, a Sara Shepard type story”. Majority of the time I spent reading this was accompanied by a lot of eye rolling. I felt like a was reading a Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars spin-off with a reality TV show aspect. There was absolutely no sense of mystery, much less suspense until close towards the last half of the book. The first half and more was mainly focused on Layla, Tommy, and Aster and understanding their back story. I really just wanted to know more about Madison because her character seemed to be the only interesting one!
Unrivaled was a decent/enjoyable read but was definitely way too long. I feel like this story could actually be condensed into a duology. Knowing that this will now be a trilogy has me on the fence because I feel like book #2 will be filled with a lot of fluff and unnecessary info.
Will I continue with this series/trilogy? Probably not…
Until next time bibliophiles,