***Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of American Royals by Katharine McGee from NetGalley through Random House Children’s for review purposes. Thank you so much for opportunity.
I really love a good drama. Is it a guilty pleasure? Maybe, but I definitely don’t feel guilty about it so it shouldn’t be classified as such.
Shows like Gossip Girl and Dynasty always hook me in. Rich people and their intricate problems! But they’re just like everyone else, right?
I’m a fan of The Thousandth Floor, so when I heard Katharine McGee was coming out with this, I knew I had to read it.
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.
Katharine McGee has that special way of suspenseful writing that draws you in with just the right amount of details. Countless times during this book there would be little cliffhangers of past events that made you just want to know the whole story right then and there. She does it at the perfect pace so you’re not overwhelmed with, “but wait!!!”
Basically, the Washingtons have the perfect, eldest child and heir to the throne, Beatrice; the middle child, Samantha; and her twin, Jefferson who can pretty much do what he pleases since he is the youngest and a boy.
Nina is Samantha’s best friend, but also has feelings for Jefferson, who returns them!!! BUT she’s just a commoner… she is no stunning political socialite, Daphne Deighton, whose name is so snooty it makes me want to gag myself with a fork…. but it fits her perfectly. Daphne is Jefferson’s ex…ish.
I just lovelovelove the drama between everyone. If it’s not the best friends having issues, it’s the siblings, or the parents causing strife in the child’s life. All so perfect and catty.
I will say that my favorite character even though I absolutely despise her at the moment, is Daphne. She has rich backstory that still needs answered and I’m so hoping she goes her own way and doesn’t live through her mother’s “plans” for her, but! We shall see.
This book was a fun and entertaining ride and I’m excited to keep reading the series! 5 stars for Katharine!