Blacklist is the second book in the Beautiful Idols YA series about shallow fame seekers fighting to win a coveted job in Los Angeles. See my review of Unrivalled if you want to catch up quickly.
Starting exactly where the first book left off Madison Brooks is still missing and the weight of evidence seems to be pointing to an abduction or, more seriously, murder. Aster has been jailed and is facing charges of first degree murder.
The only thing that kept me reading was the faint hope that there might be some clue as to what had happened to Madison. There is not one likeable character between the covers of the book. Male model and surf dude Mateo constantly making the wrong choices. Guitar hero Tommy is desperate to make a name for himself before he reveals himself to father Ira. Spoilt princess Aster brought down to earth with a bump in prison. Layla dithering between her blog and her job.
Ultimately this is all a bit unsatisfying in that the plot doesn’t move on dramatically from what we learnt in the first book. We discover a bit more about Madison and a lot of beautiful characters pout and whine but nothing really happens. Like all trilogies you have to wait for the final book for any of the threads to be resolved.
The best thing about Blacklist is that if you punch all of the chapter headings into Apple Music or Spotify you can create yourself a pretty kickass playlist. So load up the music on your phone and lay back in the sunshine and suspend all rational sensibilities while you read the book.
Supplied by Net Galley and HQ in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: Apr 4 2017. 448 pages.