American Royals II: Majesty by Katharine McGee, #72 review

Publication date: 1 September 2020

Is America ready for its first queen?

Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.

As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.

A new reign has begun….

Her Majesty the Queen Katharine McGee has written a sequel that lives up to American Royals. The drama and romance is tenfold in Majesty.

I seldom read series in fear of the sequel not living up to the first book. Picking up American Royals was not a hasty decision. Which is why reviews of a book are so important, they are the catalysis in increasing interest for a reader to read a certain book. Thank you to @times.reads for sending me Majesty in exchange for an honest review. I hereby present, my review XD

After the death of their King, Queen Beatrice accends the American throne as the first Queen of her country. As a young woman with newfound power that holds the crown in a world that many men think they can do the job better, Beatrice slowly steps into the role with careful navigation and counsel. Wedged between two of herself – duty and desire, Beatrice learns how to grow up when the situation demands it. It is time for her to put down the Princess’s Tiara and wear the Queen’s Crown. To choose between a man she scarcely knows but will help her secure her reign or a man that can only offer her his heart until the end of time.

Princess Samantha, the wild Washington has found herself bearing the title of The Heir, successor to Queen Beatrice. The world is a funny thing, sexism is truly a joy. Especially when you’re in the spotlight. Sam has to sail her free ship in the treacherous rocky court she’s grown up in as being the Sparrow, the Spare, second in line to the throne. In learning responsibility, the duties and symbolism of being a monarch, she sees for herself how complicated and messy the political world really is (not that she didn’t know the odds before). Furthermore so complicated when she’s in love with her sister’s fiancee.

Nina Gonzalez is the ex-girlfriend of the country’s most beloved Prince Jeff. Following her clash with the paps and media during her relationship with the Prince, she now tries to live a quiet life. Trying and failing for she is starting to fall for someone she knew in the background of the Royal Twins’ entourage for years.

Daphne Deighton, the glittering personality that reflects the glamourous life of America’s elite in the social pyramid. What you see may not be real, the glitter could be fake after all.  The people’s choice of America’s next Princess has a dark past that is slowly unravelling in secret like a dripping faucet. Beneath the mask of styled perfection, the dark wickedness of this America jewel lies a hidden passion. Is Prince Jeff who she really wants?

“She had the power to change history.”

American Royals II: Majesty

The amount of romance in this book was exploding, so much to keep up with. If you watched “The Royals”, an E!  TV series, you’ll find that it is the TV series version of American Royals. Scandal, court politics, romance, the modern royals… ALL THE WORKS. Not to mention the F-A-S-H-I-O-N. Having watched “The Crown”, Netflix series, I realised that Beatrice and Samantha’s sister relationship is similar to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margret. I also realised that Katharine McGee did something. King Henry Tudor VIII, the famous Tudor King that had six wives was the father to three children who are Mary, Elizabeth, Edward. Now, how does this relate? In American Royals, the children of the late King are Beatrice, Samantha, Jeff. Here’s the similar: Girl, Girl, Boy. Maybe it is a coincidence, maybe not? Either way, I did digging XD

There is one negative thing I have to say about the book, even though is a female empower book with many female characters taking the lead in their stories. There is a certain issue I have with Princes Jess, he is simply not given a spotlight on the stage. Firstly, the Prince is obviously not dumb nor blind however he made some very disagreeable maybe even borderline idiotic choices in the books. I think given his training and education as a Prince, he should be able to see through the deceit and trickery. Sad to say, our American boy is blinded by glitter. I hope that in the third book (PLEASE SAY WE WILL HAVE ONE!!!!), Jeff will finally open his eyes and SEE! LIKE OMFG, IDK HOW TO EXPLAIN WITHOUT SPOILING YOU!! READ THE BOOK!!!!

Lastly, The EnDiNg. K,Bye. Wake me up when the THIRD BOOK comes out. Katharine, you have the name of QUEENS. Please serve your loyal subjects, coughs, readers – the privilege of a third book. You can’t leave us with that ending….

By elysianbooksish

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