Have you ever sat down and tried to simplify a story to its bare basics? For such a simple formula, it’s annoyingly difficult.
Main Character (MC). The MC’s wants and what will they do to get it (plot). Why the MC’s conflict is important (theme). Problems that get in the MC’s way (conflict). Ending (resolution).
Breaking it down this way … my short story sounds stupid. Really stupid. Like, why the hell are you writing this crap, stupid. But in my head, it’s fantastic, compelling, worthy of submission.
How do I reconcile the two – the page versus my head? It’s frustrating.
What do you do when your brain gets overcrowded with semantics? Write a review of a good book, of course!
Author: Alyson Noël
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, YA Fiction
Summary: Madison Brooks is already a shining star amongst Hollywood’s elite, but everyone has dreams. Layla wants her own byline under the hottest headlines; Tommy sees himself shredding guitar at a sold out rock show; and Aster wants her big break straight into stardom. Now these three wannabes will enter an exhaustive competition where Madison Brooks is the target and their every dream the prize. How far will they go to ensure a brighter future?
Released: May 2016 / Read: September 2016
About the Author: Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of 23 novels, including The Immortals, Riley Bloom, and Soul Seekers series. She also has 9 standalone novels and writes for middle grade readers. The first in the Beautiful Idols series is her most recent published work, with her middle grade book Five Days of Famous releasing in December 2016.
First Impression: This sounds almost like a Pretty Little Liars-esque story and I am always up for some serious drama (in books, of course).
A journalist, an actress, and a musician walk into a club … but this is no joke. Layla, Aster, and Tommy have different lives, different goals – but their paths are about to cross. A Hollywood high-roller is holding a competition – promote his clubs, bring in the most revenue, win your way into a better life. Seems easy enough … right?
It is entirely possible not to like these characters … at first. And even though they become increasingly more egotistical as the plot moves forward, they are well-developed and even – dare I say it? – relatable. You may even come to love (to hate) them.
The story has intense moments and great twists. Not everything is as it seems and the characters will amuse and surprise you. It was hard to put down once the true conflict was introduced. Plus that ending! I almost saw it coming. Almost.
Final Thoughts: With a cliffhanger like that, I need to know what happens next! When does the next one come out?
Update: Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) will be released April 4, 2017!
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference. This is intended for entertainment purposes only.