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Author: Shalini Dua
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
I 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 read from NetGalley.
This was the shallowest book I’ve ever read. Kind of what you’d read about in a glamour magazine left out at your hairdresser’s shop.
I think this must be the author’s fantasy life. Living a glamorous life in New York City, attending glamorous “arts” events and writing about them. The plot leads on to the protagonist learning she is of Royal lineage and is wooed by The Circle, the group of secret Royals who run the world, behind the scenes.
Kind of like the Illuminati, only the Illuminati set inside Glamor magazine or those magazines all about the British Royal family.
It’s obvious is was self-published because it’s clear there was no professional editor. So much superfluous description that does nothing to drive the plot.
There is no beautiful language or imagery.
I just couldn’t waste any more of my precious time, when there are so many masterpieces that are calling to me. I regret that I sound overly harsh. Shalini, I’d suggest you apply to the Iowa Writers Workshop if you want to learn to write, though I’m not sure you could gain entrance. Also, please find an agent, and an editor who will help you find a publisher. This is what happens when people self-publish. We writers need all the feedback and help we can get. This book is an excellent example why self-publishing is not a good idea.
I give this book 1 Star. Shalini, please learn to write and work with an editor before making your next attempt.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: General fiction (adult), New Adult.
I was intrigued by this, and really wanted to like it. It seems to be a debut book, at least I can't find any others by this author so I wanted to be able to write a positive review. Writing is darn hard work, so I admire those who go on to actually publish. Sadly for me this book just didn't work though :-( I'm sure others will love it but for me its a fail.
I didn't really like Olivia much, she veered from over confident to cautious, all about the wrong (IMO) things. She dropped her long time friends like a hot brick and seemed to just accept this strange job, one she dreamed of but was totally unqualified for without any worries of why it just fell into her lap. Tells her long time friends she's too tired to go out, but jumps up and happily goes off with her new friends when they call.
The story itself was so intriguing, a society within society that's really running the world, calling the shots. If that were so though they would never let some un-briefed, unsigned new girl be party to all the facts.
I felt when they were having meetings, especially with the King that there were lots of heavy words put together to make what they were doing sound good, but in fact there was little or no detail about what they were actually doing and how. “Beets need promoting Olivia, trundle off and talk to Gordon Ramsey, push it in the top mags, get it talked about on TV”. “OK then, super, jolly good sir”. Well, it wasn't quite like that but it ran along those lines. I couldn't really believe that this society with few rules, very lax on details was capable of running the world, and that was a disappointment because I really wanted to be convinced. I needed to know how things were arranged, how all this lush lifestyle was financed, how they got and kept control of information, checked fats, actually did things. I'm not convinced the royal tags were correct either, we in the UK have some strange ways about titles and they don't always run as simple as it seemed here. TBH I felt that the Royal stuff, the details of how the Society ran were too thin, too poorly researched and it showed. It could be a great novel, its a terrific idea, secret bloodlines, people behind the scenes forcing changed, and running things for the greater good, but in my view it needed a lot more work on the details.
I think maybe the New Adult tag is correct and the General fiction (Adult) is over optimistic, and maybe teens will take this as its meanr, while older readers like me are too much a cynic to believe in this without more detail of the how, why, when stuff.
Stars: Two, a story with lots of potential but which I struggled to believe, didn't feel real to me. Maybe will have greater appeal for younger readers.
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