The Secret Lives of Royals by Shalini Dua

The Secret Lives of Royals

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 ...

Details The Secret Lives of Royals

TitleThe Secret Lives of Royals
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
GenreAdult Fiction, Romance

Reviews The Secret Lives of Royals

  • Claire
    IN SUMMARY: If you've watched a single chick flick movie, you've already read this book. THE SECRET LIVES OF ROYALS brings nothing new to the table, with a plot so dull, a heroine so generic, and cast so forgettable that finally finishing the read was a moment of pure relief. Not even the royal wedding fever could keep me interested. MY THOUGHTS: Honestly, my summary says it all. The main character, Olivia Thorpland, is a speshul snowflake walki...
  • Michaela Whitney
    I received a copy from NetGalley for review.Seemingly ordinary girl Olivia receives dream job, and everything is not what it appears to be.Finds out she's part of a secret society, a shadow governments that is descended from royalty from Europe. Raised in anonymity from parents who tried to protect and shield her, to give her an opportunity at a normal life away from this organization. While the jet set life of the wealthy and celebrities comes w...
  • Kierstin Veldkamp
    This book started out reminding me Of The Devil Wears Prada for a moment and then seemed like Gossip Girl. It wasn't what I expected and it took me a moment to really figure out what was going on but I really liked it. I read it all in a out a day. The whole royals thing could have been fleshed out more, I am left with a lot of questions. Is this a standalone book or a series? After that ending, I would expect a series. If it isn't, that ending w...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The Secret Lives of RoyalsAuthor: Shalini DuaPublisher: Self-PublishedPublication Date: June 12, 2018I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ugh! This is one of the worst books I’ve ever read from NetGalley. One clue: it’s a self-published debut novel. I admit, I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way through. I couldn’t read anymore, when I have so many genuine, well-written books to ...
  • Kristen
    Shalini Dua’s “The Secret Lives of Royals” is a career-in-New-York-publishing story crossed with a conspiracy-theory page-turner – imagine if Dan Brown had written the TV show Ugly Betty. It makes for a fun, light read. Olivia (sometimes called Gigi or Gracie) is a Yale grad still working as a barista in NYC at age 26, while looking for her big break in publishing. One day it appears out of nowhere, and she lands her dream job at Le Salon...
  • Raquel
    1970-01-01 give this one two stars. I didn’t like the writing style. It was, I don’t know, not very immersive maybe. I wasn’t sucked in.The characterization was sorely lacking. The main character stays pretty much the same throughout the short novel. The best friend was treated with vague mentions and two or three big scenes. The two, yeah love triangle, love interests were without chemistry.I don’t think we can even call it a love triangl...
  • Becki
    This book has everything including the kitchen sink; but, not in a good way. There's a secret society that runs the world, a normal girl who finds out she's a 'princess', a love triangle, and OF COURSE a prophecy about the girl. All of the characters are flat and there's occasionally a very weak plot. Olivia, the protagonist, is obnoxious and is willing to just go with the flow until events start to involve her best friend. Then she decides to ru...
  • Christy Ngo
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. This book started out live The Devil Wears Prada,then The Royals then The Gossip Girl. So, if you are a fan of all these movies, you will like this book. Olivia, a normal girl, works in Starbucks. She lives with her best friend and all is just normal until she receives a phone call for an interview with a famous magazine. Then she was told that she was from a line of royals. I quite like th...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my review.This book was intensely readable and had an interesting premise that pulled me in from page one. I will say that the last twenty percent of the book felt rushed and a bit disjointed, but I'd love to read a sequel to the story.I found the characters enjoyable, the plot entertaining, and think this would make a perfect summer pool or beach read, as well as a great TV sh...
  • julianne
    I was given a copy of this from NetGalley in return for my honest unbiased review. I can't even say this was okay, it really wasn't. I hated the main character Olivia, she felt like someone much younger than 26. I don't think the writing style helped with this as it came across as very immature. This should be edited for a younger audience (late teens) rather than an adult one.
  • Julia A
    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."Welcome to The Circle." For being a debut novel, this was really well-written, easy to read and kept my interest throughout. The lead, Olivia aka Gigi aka Gracie, was an extremely likable character and despite her "royal" blood, felt really relatable as well. This was a fun book to read! The last 10% of the book seemed....rushed....and strange (ninjas anyone?). And that endi...
  • Meghan
    I have a lot of thoughts on this book that I'll put together tonight or tomorrow, but I DO want to say that this has potential to be a good book with a few more drafts and lots of revisions. More to come later.