American Royals (American Royals #1) by Katharine Mcgee, #28 review

Publication date: 3 September 2019

What if America had a royal family?

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.

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.

Thank you to @times.reads for sending me an ARC of this book.

Wow, WOW, WoW To start off, this book blew my mind! I knew I was in for a royal-coaster heck of a book journey but THIS! You guys!!! You have to read this book when it comes out! American Royals is the YA book version of the E! television series; The Royals. This is the American version of the British Royal Family in The Royals.

“The Royals”

I freaking love this series so much!! Season 4 ended on a high and they stopped production T^T

“Writers got to pick the endings of their novels, but Beatrice wasn’t living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever.”

American Royals is about America operating under a constitutional monarchy. In which we have the royals family – the Washingtons. I can see this book as a TV series. It is filled with drama and romance. The character development in this book was all right, the ending brought out some growth in the characters. My eyes teared up at the ending, I had to put the book down very slowly & let it all sink in. Also, bawling inside. There was some twisted relationship about politics and power-hungry people. But I suppose that’s to be expected when you’re close to people with power and influence.

This book is written in 4 POVs. At first, it was a bit anti-climax for me because the author was introducing the characters in each POV and visualizing their worlds for the readers. After a few chapters in, you will not be able to put down the book.

“Relationships never make sense from the outside; the only people qualified to weigh in on them are the people in them.”

Here are the POVs:

The Heir: Crown Princess Beatrice, next in line to be the first Queen of America. Bea is perfect in every way, from her posture to her speech to the way she gets down from the car elegantly. She is adored by the people, she is beautiful and compassionate. The paragon of what a royal should be. And most importantly, she knows that the crown is above all else, that her duty & purpose is to serve the country. Although, underneath all that make-up and pearly white smile, she is only just a girl. A girl who has never been in love. Being next in line has its cons, like whatever you do is the public’s business. Including your love life.

The Rebel: Princess Samantha, the second in line to the throne. She’s the Sparrow, code name for spare. As the spare, nobody minds too much about her love life or how much she parties and spends the crown money. However, there are double standards when it comes to her, and her twin brother – Prince Jefferson. If Jeff were to spoke rudely in the public’s eye, it would mean that he was having a bad day, in a bad mood. If Sam were to say the exact same sentence, in the same tone, it would mean that she was being a lil privileged bitch. On most days, this doesn’t bother her. However, being constantly compared to her older sister and her brother does make the weight of the crown pull her down.

The Schemer: Lady Daphne Deighton, Prince Jefferson’s ex. She is well… a two-faced vixen, to put it in candid words. Her brain is full of manipulation and tricks that would make the God of Mischief proud. She is planning to make Prince Jefferson hers again so they can be married and she can have the title of “Princess”. After all? She was groomed since little to be nothing less than princess material. All the etiquette lessons and classily fashionable clothes prove it. Even the media is rooting for her. She is a regular mean girl you’d see in High School rom coms. This is the royal version of it.

The Nobody: Nina Gonzalez, down to earth, a book lover, part-time librarian at her college library. Her mother was the Chamberlain to the King. When her mother went for the interview, she brought along Nina because she couldn’t find anyone to babysit last minute. Coincidently, Princess Samantha and Nina met. Since that day, they were best friends. Even though Nina is very close to the Royal family, all she wants is to stay out from the spotlight and the drama. Though… sometimes the drama is simply unavoidable.

Here’s how I imagined some of the book characters as the actresses from The Royals

Please, PlEaSe, PLEASE pick up this book. If you loved The Selection Series, you will LOVE this book. Thank you once more to @times.reads , huge thank you!

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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