The secret lives of royals – Shalini Dua |Book Review — August 16, 2018

The secret lives of royals – Shalini Dua |Book Review

*Goodreads synopsis – 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 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,e and aspirational. Taking a look at the current balance of media and power with a healthy dose of humour, fashion, food and wanderlust.

My thoughts – At times the plot was a little slow, and had me wondering where it would go. Overall it was a fairly enjoyable book, it wasn’t one of my favourites though. Something about the book just didn’t excite me like others do.

I didn’t really connect with the characters too much. I don’t think there was enough character development throughout the book, and I just didn’t emphasise with them like I think it was intended.

I feel like it’s intended for a young audience, as it’s quite a simple book, so early teens and slightly younger would probably enjoy this book more than I did. But it got me back into reading, so it wasn’t all bad. The plot was a good plot, I just don’t think it was executed quite as well as it could have been.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Still me – Jojo Moyes | Book Review — June 14, 2018

Still me – Jojo Moyes | Book Review

CaptureGoodreads Synopsis – Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik, and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life. As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places? Funny, romantic, and poignant, till me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.

My thoughts – I really enjoyed Me before you, and wasn’t too thrilled with book 2 (after you) so I didn’t have high hopes for this book, but still really wanted to read it. And it did not disappoint. I definitely enjoyed this book more than after you. I was hooked from the start, not wanting to put it down at all. I really liked the story line, and so desperately wanted everything to work out for Lou.

I have loved Lou for a while now, and I just love the way that Jojo has portrayed her throughout the series. She’s such a lovable character who you can’t help but feel sorry for throughout everything. She’s had a real tough time, and you constantly want the best for her, just like you do a friend.

I really like Jojo’s writing. She just has this natural style that makes your imagination go crazy, imagining everything that happens, picturing it exactly in your mind as you read. I love how you feel all the emotions whilst reading. Excitement, hope, sadness, this book really has it all. If you haven’t already I highly recommend meeting Louisa Clark – a lovable, hilarious, bee tights wearing character, who you can’t help but love.


I am so glad that Lou got her happy ending – but I so desperately want more. What happened after? How did they both react? Do they stay together? Does it all work out? What happens to Dean Martin and Mrs De Wit? How is Lou’s family? I have so many questions, that I would love to be answered in another book. Fingers crossed!!