June 26, 2018

#BookReview: The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Indie
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Fiction 

About the Book:

Olivia can’t take it anymore. She’s had enough of the big city and it’s lack of fulfilling her dreams. Then, just when she’s about to give up and move home, out of the blue, she is offered her dream job. Olivia is suspicious but that could just be the New York in her. She decides not to pull at threads. Despite her best efforts to remain blissfully oblivious, the secret to her life upgrade is soon uncovered when she finds herself invited to be part of a secret society.

Olivia learns that there is a thin curtain separating our world from theirs. Just beneath the surface, an entirely different one exists. One that is controlled by those of Royal lineage. The chosen ones, the Royals, hold the fate of the world in their hands. Will Olivia be able to bear the weight of the crown?

Confessions of a Shopaholic meets The Adjustment Bureau, this contemporary fairytale is both relatable and aspirational. Taking a look at the current balance of media and power with a healthy dose of humor, fashion, food and wanderlust.






   


About the Author:
An international upbringing and a love of stories laid the foundation for wanderlust. Shalini aspires to spend her time country-hopping and consuming pop-culture, comedy and good food but the reality is often frantically downing coffee, meeting deadlines at exactly the last second and working her unglamorous corporate job to fund all of the other pursuits. The Secret Lives of Royals is Shalini's debut novel. Her other work includes published poetry and scripts only she has read.




Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Unfortunately this one just didn't work out for me at all. 
Do I Recommend this book? No

Notes and Opinions: I really wanted to love this one I love royal weddings and well the shopaholic aspect sounded right up my alley. But what I found was a book that just didn't know what it was trying to do.  I found it very confusing in places and I just didn't mesh well with the characters.  I do think with a little more work this one could be one of those amazing Hallmark movies.  But right now this one just didn't work and I ended up DNFing it around page 60.  

Go Into This One Knowing: not for me
 









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