Author: Alyson Noël
Series: Beautiful Idols
Previous Book in the Series:
Date Started: July 3
Date Finished: July 9
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
I was actually really excited for Blacklist’s release this year, after reading Unrivaled back in January I was curious to know what happened next to Layla, Tommy, and Aster. And Blacklist had a decent beginning with all the different POVs, but it didn’t really move the plot forward any. I mean, Layla is getting adjusted to her new job and being single. Tommy is trying to make it big as an artist, but it’s hard since he was the last one to see Madison Brooks alive. And then Aster, is in jail but is quickly bailed out. It isn’t until Aster decides that she wants to find out what really happened to Madison and Layla starts getting the notes that things get sort of interesting.
And even then it isn’t all that interesting. The plot doesn’t really move in this novel. It remains stagnant. Layla and Tommy make some sort of progress with their relationship (I’m still rooting for them). Aster, Ryan, Tommy, and Layla though don’t get any closer to figuring out what happened to Madison and the nice red herring thrown in at the end of the book just leaves me with more questions than answers. Not to mention the notes that Layla was receiving reminded me too much of the notes a certain group of pretty liars get, just without the signature of ‘A.’
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. This book didn’t get me any clues as to who kidnapped Madison Brooks and why. Now there’s this mysterious note sender. And the foursome are in some deep shit. I’m actually kind of fearful of reading the final book in this series when it comes out next year.
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