Following three teens through the glamorous, gritty world of the Hollywood nightlife, where they compete for a spot as a club promoter, Alyson Noël weaves a fast-paced, mysterious tale that was hard to put down.
I loved Unrivaled! Not only did it bring back some fun memories from when I was an eighteen-year-old experiencing the Hollywood clubs for the first time, but it captured the essence of what lurks underneath all the glitz and glam of a world most people see through rose-tinted glasses. The beginning of the novel was a slow burn, as it eased me into what it’s like in Hollywood for three teens trying to accomplish their goals in a world where it’s easy to get lost among the masses.
The characters of Tommy, Layla, and Aster drew me in and refused to let me go. I felt for their fears and hoped they accomplished aspirations—and it’s character driven stories like this one that has me turning the pages at lightning speed. Out of all three characters, I most related to Layla in that she had a hard time fitting in a world she had always been looking through the window on, but I loved Tommy the most, because he spent the time pulling back the layers of the other characters to really learn who they were. As for Aster, I had a love-hate relationship with her the whole time, but by the end, I felt for her. I can’t wait to see where this story goes!
I highly recommend Unrivaled for people who love young adult contemporary, celebrity novels, mystery, and of course those who like to see a little more grittiness among the glam.
If you haven’t read any other novels by Alyson, go do it! I loved the Immortals series and Saving Zoë.
About the Author
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning, author of 23 novels including: The Immortals, The Riley Bloom, and The Soul Seekers series.
With 8 New York Times bestsellers in 2 years, and over 8 million copies in print, her books have been translated into 36 languages, sold in over 200 countries, and have made the New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, NCIBA, and Walmart Bestsellers lists, and have won numerous awards such as: the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, appeared on the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick.
Chosen as one of OC Metro magazine’s “20 Women to Watch,” she’s been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s “Women in Business Awards” as well as their “Excellence in Entrepreneurship” award. The dramatic rights for The Soul Seekers are optioned to Cheyenne Enterprises and Traziende films; the dramatic rights to Saving Zoë are optioned to actresses/producers Ellen Marano, Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), with Jeffrey G. Hunt (Vampire Diaries, Gotham) directing; dramatic rights to The Immortals are optioned to Gil Adler (Valkyrie, Constantine) & Jason Rosenberg.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California.