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American Royals – Book Review


Title: American Royals

Author: Katharine McGee

Pages: 448

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pub. Date: Sept. 3, 2019

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.

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Katharine McGee quickly became one of my favorite authors with the release of The Thousandth Floor. If you’ve read that series, you know that she loves writing messy romance and complicated plot lines that are portrayed amongst numerous different perspectives. American Royals keeps this trend going on both counts, with much success.

Beatrice has always been the perfect daughter. She’s never really been given the chance to do anything otherwise; she’s next in line for the throne of America. Meanwhile, her younger siblings Samantha and Jefferson are free to do nearly anything they want, because they aren’t going to inherit the throne. Understandably, this causes both parties (particularly Beatrice and Samantha) to have resentment for one another, as they think that the other has the perfect life.

There are quite a few swoony boys and catty girls in American Royals, and romance that blooms where I didn’t see it coming. I was fully invested in everyone’s story, and there wasn’t a single character’s perspective that I didn’t look forward to reading.

If it’s not clear, I loved American Royals. It lived up to every bit of hype that I had built up in my head for it. I gave it 5/5 stars. I’m already anxiously awaiting the day I get my hands on the next book.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

By Bailey Riddle

Bailey Riddle is a 22-year-old college student studying Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She loves all things fandom, and can often be found with her nose in a book. When she isn’t busy with school and being a professional fangirl, she likes to cook food, read, and work on catching up on many hours of sleep.

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