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The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua{Review}

Goodreads Blurb:

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.  

My Review:

This book has a very rom-com feel to it. Which was okay for me because I am a sucker for a good romantic comedy. It put me in the mind frame of Princess Diary meets The Devil Wears Prada.

The book started off very enjoyable but then towards the middle it started dragging along and I felt that the ending was rushed.

Olivia is a very cute character with a decent storyline. Classic girl who hasn’t found her place in life and just as she is giving up, her life makes a drastic change. She has finally gotten over a college love and has fallen into the career of her life. While she is taking this new lifestyle in, her world becomes flipped upside down and of course that old love pops back up in the craziest place.  I was hoping that the forward at the beginning of the book would have had more of an influence throughout the story but it didn’t until the end. I admit that it did bring everything together just not in the way I wanted it to be brought together.

I would recommend this book at a good palate cleanser if you need to read something that doesn’t require much thought and you are in between books.

I received this book from Booksparks as part of their Pop-Up Blog tour.


2.5 Stars


This book is available in ebook and paperback

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