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The blog is slowly coming back on line. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. So, reading and blogging (as much as I adore it) have to take a back burner. I've finally reached a stage in all this chaos that I feel that I can try to take a few baby steps back into the blogging world. A post here, a post there, and who knows. Hope you stay along for the ride!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Booksparks #PopUpBlogTour: THE SECRET LIVES OF ROYALS by Shalini Dua

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Booksparks is at it again with another....


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It's time for another FABULOUS #PopUpBlogTour thanks to the wonderful folks at Booksparks who are eager to put YOU right there with the best of the best of recently released titles. Take today's for's a Fiction title with a slight lean towards Chick Lit that seriously had be drawing comparisons to another work at first read, but then it let things run free according to its own plan.  Trust me, it has the SECRET part down pat!  Ready or not, let's get this royal show on the road.  Today's book of choice is...

Shalini Dua

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.


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Initially, I got a lot of "Devil Wears Prada" vibes..."new adult" girl striking out into a media profession, snagging the coveted seemingly luxe position of Editor at a posher-than-posh publication, without REALLY even trying.  The inevitable "fitting in" period, the fairy godmother-like helpers with a closet to die for, and an ever expanding social circle that will definitely benefit her in some way in the I said, definitely some similarities...but then we add a royal twist.  Now we're introducing a secret circle based on bloodlines with shady rules, cryptic influences, and far reaching power that seems potentially without end...unless it comes abruptly to one thanks to a cloak and dagger-esque scheme to take someone down through any means necessary.  Did I mention there's a good old fashioned kidnapping, a BIG SECRET reveal outside of the initial one...oh, and the ending, OH THE ENDING?!  Like I said, though initially a somewhat shadowed version of the other ever popular story, it definitely had it's own flavor, it's own flair, it's own heritage, if you will, to set the lay of the land for future stories...because seriously, who wouldn't want to see where this one goes next!


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.


Special thanks to the Booksharks Booksparks team for the chance to bring this #PopUpBlogTour to you as well as the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the next title buzzing up the Booksparks channels, feel free to click on the links provided above.  This title just released last month, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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