Book Review - Blacklist (Beautiful Idols 2) by Alyson Noël


Everyone needs a lucky break.

Blacklist by Alyson Noël
Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: HQ
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
ISBN -13: 9780008216849

"Layla Harrison, Aster Amirpour and Tommy Phillips always dreamed of the ultimate celebrity lifestyle.

But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would come with a cost – their involvement in the disappearance of Madison Brooks-a story that's blinded the world like a starlet dazzled by paparazzi flashbulbs,

Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster faces a looming murder trial and Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person who Madison saw alive.

You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they will find that some secrets are best kept in the grave..."


I've read and enjoyed quite a few books by this author, this series seems quite different to those books though. I'll start by saying that I haven't read book 1 in the Beautiful Idols series and this always makes me a little worried that there will be parts of the storyline that won't makes sense to me.

The action began straight away yet it took me a little while to build up a clear picture of what was going on. Could this have been because I hadn't read the first book and didn't 'know' the characters? I'm not sure, but whatever the reason, I still found myself hanging on every dark word and asking my Kindle all sorts of questions about the scenes unfolding in front of me (everyone talks to their Kindle, right?).

Highlighting the darker side of the glitzy LA lifestyle, I became thoroughly caught up in the character's comings and goings. The authors writing had a young feel to it but was a little grittier than the other books I've read by her. As I flipped through the pages I was gripped by the mystery of Madison's disappearance and the incidents that surrounded it. I tried to figure out who was responsible and came up with a few theories but would any of them be correct?

The story ended on a huge cliffhanger that had me yelling 'noooo' at my Kindle. I really need to know what happens next so I'll be looking forward to the next instalment and in the meantime I might go back and read the first book.

Once I became familiar with the characters I found this to be a mysterious, page-turner filled with tension, complicated relationships and secrets.

5 Stars
5 Stars


Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Sounds as if there's a lot to keep your attention in this story Kate.

    Don't you love a cliff hanger :) Hope you don't have to wait too long!

    Fab review.

    1. Thanks Shaz :) Sometimes I love a cliffhanger, sometimes I don't (especially when you have a long wait for the conclusion) lol x


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