American Royals by Katharine McGee

46128300._SY475_Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 448
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley
Format: E-book
Rating: 4.5 stars
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What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew that I needed it. It sounded like the perfect political/romantic drama and I requested it straight away. I started reading it as soon as possible and I was addicted.

I struggled to get into this book in the first few chapters just because it felt like a lot of information at once. As it is set in a fictional world where America has a royalty system, they had to set up the history of the monarchy in the country so it made sense that it was slow to begin with but once you got an understanding of the history, this book was so addictive. I love books about royalty and I think the fact that it was an American royal system made it even more dramatic because American contemporaries are always a lot more intense than UK contemporaries. American’s just have a lot of drama and it makes for a great novel.

Before going into this novel, I was not aware that it had multiple POVs. I usually struggle with multiple POV novels and I definitely did struggle to begin with. However, once I got a feel for each character, it was really easy to read and it definitely worked a lot better as a multiple POV story. Each character was so different so I loved everyone’s point of view, rather than just wanting to skip to different characters.

Nina was definitely my favourite character. I loved how she was so different to everyone else. However, I also adored Beatrice as a character. Her trope of a forced destiny has always been one of my favourite tropes because I just find it so fascinating. I also loved Samantha because the rebellious child is always fun to read about. I loved all of the characters in this book, not just the main four. My least favourite character and point of view was Daphne’s but I warmed to her as the story progressed. I still found her to be a bit cold and I hated her actions but she became more intriguing to me as we learnt more about her.

What I mainly loved about the multiple point of views as that the whole book was very female centric. The female characters were all so well developed as well as being varied and unique. Whilst that it did mean that at times, the male love interests weren’t as developed, I think the female character development was good enough that it made up for the lack of development of the side characters.

I adored the political aspect of this novel just because it was so unique. The whole element of her being the first queen of America was so interesting to read about, as well as seeing how much this affected every other character. I also loved reading about the people who would do anything to be at the top because it makes for such interesting morally grey characters.

Of course, as it is me, my favourite part of the whole book was the romance. In this book, not only did we get 1 great romance, we got 3 great romances and another romance that has the potential to become amazing as well. My favourite romance plot was probably the one between Nina and Jeff just because I love that whole trope of a prince falling in love with a ‘commoner’ (I was OBSESSED with the Prince and Me as a child) though I did also love Beatrice and Connor’s love story. Honestly, all of the romantic plotlines are addictive on their own and they would have been enough for me but the rest of the plot was just a bonus.

All throughout reading this book, I thought it was a standalone so when I got towards the end and nothing was being resolved, I started getting concerned. Then this book had the biggest cliffhanger in the world so I had to immediately google it to confirm that a sequel was releasing. I was so annoyed that it wasn’t a complete story because I want to know more! I need to know what happens to the characters next and I know that I will pick up the sequel as soon as it comes out.

Overall, I adored this book. I think a lot of people are going to love this book and I hope it becomes incredibly successful. This is the most addictive book I’ve read all year and I highly recommend it to everyone.

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