I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In the second book of the suspenseful Unrivaled trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, Layla, Aster and Tommy have to unearth Hollywood it-girl Madison Brooks’ secrets before one of them takes the fall for her disappearance and murder.
Layla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub.
But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster’s looming murder trial is so huge even her parents’ lawyer can’t save her, Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person Madison saw alive, and Layla’s ex Mateo finds himself lured into the fold.
You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, and Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they’ll find that some secrets are best kept in the grave.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
This was an interesting second instalment, and I was pleased that we found out a bit more about what happened to Madison.
This book once again focused on Aster, Layla and Tommy, but this time the book was more about what had happened to Madison, and less about Aster, Layla and Tommy’s desires to make it big in Hollywood. We did find out where Madison currently was, and partly how she had ended up there, which was interesting, and Aster, Layla and Tommy worked to try and solve the mystery, especially after Aster’s arrest at the end of book 1. I did find the book jumped about a bit between the characters again, and it was sometimes hard to immediately know which character the chapter was focusing on.
The ending to this was okay, but there were still loads of questions left unanswered for the next book.
6.5 out of 10