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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for American Royals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    TWO DISAPPOINTED, ANGRY, TIME-CONSUMER, MOOD-KILLER, WORSE THEN YOUNG AND RESTLESS EPISODES STARS! When NetGalley rejected me to send this book, I gave the same reaction every time when I get rejections. I threw myself on the floor, punched the rug and gave my ugliest cries! Even my neighbors were scared that a wild animal escaped from the zoo and jumped in from our window. When I said I was the wild animal, they only shrugged. I think I should move sooner! And after reading this book, flashbacks TWO DISAPPOINTED, ANGRY, TIME-CONSUMER, MOOD-KILLER, WORSE THEN YOUNG AND RESTLESS EPISODES STARS! When NetGalley rejected me to send this book, I gave the same reaction every time when I get rejections. I threw myself on the floor, punched the rug and gave my ugliest cries! Even my neighbors were scared that a wild animal escaped from the zoo and jumped in from our window. When I said I was the wild animal, they only shrugged. I think I should move sooner! And after reading this book, flashbacks of my rejection moments appeared on my mind and I started to hit my head against the wall several times!!! Why did I waste my precious tears? Why did I terrorize my neighbors who are still thinking I’m a crocodile! Those tears were real, you mean people! Anyways, I’m so pissed off my wasted precious drama queen moments, I should save those acts for later rejection from a producer! Let’s turn back to roasting the book! I was expecting a witty historical romance, not the worst version of day time soap operas and telenovelas. I felt like somebody locked me in a room and forced me watch the worst 1000 episodes of Kardashians because the book’s characters have so many similarities with them. Samantha could be great Chloe, Nina could be marvelous Courtney and Beatrice could be an amazing Kim because their life stories, their dramas and their conflicts are so unreasonable, illogical, and obnoxious just like reality show stars. I think I donated my several IQ points and now I turned into a regular Hollywood blonde who is suffering from too many plastic surgeries, wiping her dripping saliva, hiding her mimic- less face under a big sunglasses, collecting the calories of diet cokes she has been drinking daily! Only I liked the villain, Daphne who should slap all these characters and get control of the story. She deserves her own book! Her detailed schemes and her highly organized vendetta plans took my interest. Atta girl! So this big was more painful then: Listening to Miley Cyrus songs (Poor girl! What an extreme waste of local cords!) Watching Fox news Cooking anything in the kitchen (Correction: This is the most painful thing for my husband see my efforts to burn more foods.) Indecisive people standing in front of me to order ice cream and trying at least 10 different tastes, ignoring the growing line reminds you regular DMV line (total nightmare isn’t it?) People talking in the movies and giving spoilers Reunion of Beverly Hills 900210 casting The sum of all these things I listed might be equal to my suffering from this book. If you have high pain tolerance, be my guest and start to read this one. But my suggestion to you, pick up a better book and don’t waste your time for nothing! blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Omg, I'm living for the drama. I NEED BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW

  3. 5 out of 5

    CC the Great is Not Okay

    EDIT: Nov. 3, 2020. It's been over a year since I last updated this review and I am STILL getting messages for it. Is Katharine McGee or her agent paying their bills or something? I'm really interested to know where in my review did I say the author wasn't "allowed" to write it? She's allowed to write it but I'm also allowed to think the book's premise is shitty and offensive. Like what point were they trying to make, exactly? I'm so confused. "I must remind you, this is only the premise." Why wou EDIT: Nov. 3, 2020. It's been over a year since I last updated this review and I am STILL getting messages for it. Is Katharine McGee or her agent paying their bills or something? I'm really interested to know where in my review did I say the author wasn't "allowed" to write it? She's allowed to write it but I'm also allowed to think the book's premise is shitty and offensive. Like what point were they trying to make, exactly? I'm so confused. "I must remind you, this is only the premise." Why would I need reminding when this has been THE ENTIRE POINT of my review? That I'm only criticizing the premise? It really does seem that my theory of people on this cursed website sharing one single brain cell is proving to be true. EDIT: Oct. 8, 2019. This is not the most liked review for this book anymore, but a Good Samaritan took the time out of their day to send me this message and inform me of my account settings! I read my review again after they sent this message and it literally says 'has commented or messaged me', rendering their message completely pointless because my point still stands as anyone is allowed to message me even if we're not friends. But hey, they're the first ever person to send me a message about this review so let's all give them a round of applause for not being a pussy! I love how they passive-aggressively called me 'angry' and 'unpleasant' but did not include any rebuttals about the actual points I made in my review. Why do privileged people always go on the defensive when someone brings up uncomfortable but important topics and frame other people as 'angry' or 'over-emotional'? It was never my intention for this review to be one of the most liked ones--Goodreads simply has this phenomena where a negative review about a book that has mostly positive reviews is treated as a novelty, but I like to think people liked this review because they either agree with me or at least understand the point I was trying to make. As I said in my reply to them: Why does not reviewing books I haven’t read apply to me if I don’t like the premise but don't apply to people who LIKE the premise and are excited to read it? They haven’t read the book either so why is no one calling THEM out and telling them it’s “”good practice”” not to review books they haven’t read? I didn't give this a rating because I didn't want this book's average rating to be affected by my review because I AM aware that I haven't read it. Also, what the fuck is the point of a synopsis and/or premise if not to help me form an opinion before I read a book? I was criticizing the premise of this book; I never talked about the writing style or the characters or the actual plot. Get a grip, holy fucking shit. You know what they say--only hit dogs will holler! EDIT: This is now the most liked review for this book on Goodreads and... I don’t really know how I feel. There’s still a part of me that has doubts when it comes to reviewing (or in this case, complaining about) books I’ve never read. But this review has been up for 3 and a half months now and so far, nobody who has read it or was involved in the production of this book has commented or messaged me to let me know I’m wrong. So this book is probably gonna be as shitty, insensitive, and history-erasing as I think it’s going to be. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ ———- Am I the only one who thinks there's something deeply fucked up about a monarchy in a country that was colonized and stolen from its native people? One of the reasons why European countries, some Asian countries, and some African countries still have monarchs is because those countries were never successfully colonized. They gave George Washington a fucking crown? The point of the Revolutionary War was so that there was no monarchy. How are you going to have a King and Queen of America in the 21st century while knowing that land was stolen from Native Americans? What the actual fuck? 'And their country was born of rebellion'. YOUR COUNTRY WAS BORN OF GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY. Just because Alternate History is a genre doesn't give you a pass to write what seems to be racist, revisionist bullshit. Anyways people on this cursed website AND publishers who buy shitty ass books with racist premises all share one single brain cell.

  4. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    like gossip girl without the flavor

  5. 4 out of 5

    emma

    Well. This didn’t go very well. I love a fun, fluffy, romance-y read. I love royalty tropes. I love Ragtag Groups Of Quirky Teenage Friends. I even love...some drama. And when I picked this up, I thought I would either get that or a big heaping cereal bowl of disappointment. Maybe my expectations have been irrevocably made too high by Red, White & Royal Blue, but...boy oh boy did I get the latter. It also could have been my fault for not realizing this was the first in a series. I was like...WHERE Well. This didn’t go very well. I love a fun, fluffy, romance-y read. I love royalty tropes. I love Ragtag Groups Of Quirky Teenage Friends. I even love...some drama. And when I picked this up, I thought I would either get that or a big heaping cereal bowl of disappointment. Maybe my expectations have been irrevocably made too high by Red, White & Royal Blue, but...boy oh boy did I get the latter. It also could have been my fault for not realizing this was the first in a series. I was like...WHERE is the PACING. WHY is this so SLOW. WHEN is ANYTHING going to HAPPEN. The plot didn’t even really start until the halfway point, and plot is a strong word. So is start, for that matter. Which, I mean. Kinda makes sense, because the story is being stretched out over multiple books. But not really. I can’t pretend to know what will happen in the next book(s), but I want to say: AT LEAST the events of the second one should have been included in this. For my own sanity and well-being. Because legitimately nothing happened until the book was almost over. And now my brain is broken. This was not helped by the fact that there is not one, not two, not even three but FOUR. PERSPECTIVES. FOUR OF THEM. Which is bad even if you’re invested in a character or two, or all of them (if you can even imagine), but is a neverending hellish cycle of suffering if you dislike them all. And boy oh boy did I dislike them all. Folks...these are some horrible people. They are SO. AWFUL. To each other. They don’t care about anyone else, only their own ambitions. They act without thinking of others and they hurt each other accidentally or on purpose and the whole entire book is just mean careless people making other mean careless people feel like sh*t. And that’s not even the worst part. Even more terrible… This was not like other girls-y and girl hate-y as hell. And I don’t care about any of the 3-4 ships, and I hope all of them perish. (I know that sounds mean but remember they’re fictional and therefore it’s fine.) Bottom line: ACK!!!! This is such an unpopular opinion. --------------- it was the second option. review to come / 1.5 stars --------------- this book seems RIDICULOUS. which is why i'm either going to enjoy every second of it or hate it with my life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this story reminded me exactly of KMs other series, ‘the thousandth floor.’ which is to say, i had fun reading this. this isnt as drama-filled, but the heavy cast of characters and how their lives intertwine and mix with each other is very on-brand for KM. i know some people may complain about the length, especially because there essentially isnt a plot, but i didnt mind it. i had fun and enjoyed reading about each of the characters and their relationships with each other. like i said, there rea this story reminded me exactly of KMs other series, ‘the thousandth floor.’ which is to say, i had fun reading this. this isnt as drama-filled, but the heavy cast of characters and how their lives intertwine and mix with each other is very on-brand for KM. i know some people may complain about the length, especially because there essentially isnt a plot, but i didnt mind it. i had fun and enjoyed reading about each of the characters and their relationships with each other. like i said, there really isnt much going on other than character interactions and some slight world building, but i think a pretty decent foundation is laid for what i hope to be an entertaining series. ↠ 3.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    "From now on, you are two people at once: Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown. When they want different things, the Crown must win. Always." Katharine McGee's American Royals is an entertaining, soapy romp built on a terrific concept: when the Revolutionary War ended, the American people offered George Washington a crown, and he accepted. The House of Washington has remained on the throne for more than two-and-a-half centuries, and America is as obsessed with stories about the "From now on, you are two people at once: Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown. When they want different things, the Crown must win. Always." Katharine McGee's American Royals is an entertaining, soapy romp built on a terrific concept: when the Revolutionary War ended, the American people offered George Washington a crown, and he accepted. The House of Washington has remained on the throne for more than two-and-a-half centuries, and America is as obsessed with stories about the royal family as other countries with monarchies are. Princess Beatrice is next in line for the throne. Thanks to an edict from her grandfather, the crown will now pass to the oldest child regardless of gender. Beatrice will become the country's first queen regnant, a role she has been preparing for her entire life. But while she's always been the dutiful daughter, doing whatever has been expected of her, whatever her parents have asked her to do, the closer she comes to the moment she'll rule, the more she wonders whether the sacrifices she has had to make were truly worth it. When her parents tell her it's time she choose a suitable husband (read: a member of the nobility) she prepares to be the dutiful daughter as always. But then she realizes her heart wants to go in a different direction, and then she can think of nothing else. Is her choice either to ignore her heart and find someone she someday might fall in love with, or follow her heart and disobey her parents—and risk losing the throne? The choice she must make impacts more than just her, and she knows she's bound to hurt someone in the process. Her younger twin siblings, Jefferson and Samantha, have it a little easier, since they're considered "the spares" with Beatrice as heir to the throne. Both struggle with their identities—what are they expected to do if they won't rule the country? Why does it really matter what they do? Even more than that, however, both siblings have their own romantic struggles. Samantha, who has always been the carefree, impulsive one, is in love with the one man she cannot have, and Jeff, despite the intense attention from a beautiful and suitable young woman who is determined to land him, is in love with a young woman who wants nothing to do with the scrutiny that would be aimed at someone dating a prince, no matter how much she loves him back. I was hooked on American Royals from the first few pages. McGee has created a compelling, fascinating story that reminds me of all the reasons people are so fascinated by stories about William and Kate, Harry and Megan, and Charles and Camilla. Nothing particularly surprising happens in the book but it's just so well-told, with healthy doses of melodrama, that I couldn't put it down. There is one character in the book I absolutely loathed, and of course, you were supposed to feel that way, but I honestly began skimming the sections where she appeared after a while. But other than that, I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that the ending didn't quite feel complete, since it was merely setting up McGee's next book, which is due out in the fall of 2020. If you find yourself unable to turn away when the news media covers the latest news about what Princess Kate is wearing, or a trip that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are taking, if you woke up super-early to watch one of the royal weddings, American Royals is definitely for you. Can't wait for the next book!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  8. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    You know when you read a book and feel like it is directly meant to be on Netflix as a romcom? this. 😂So it was fun! I hoped it would be a bit like a YA version of Red White & Royal Blue, but it wasn't (that's on me for expectations, not on the book!). It's very much about the pressures of a life under the scrutiny of the public eye. Tbh I thought it'd be MORE stressful with scandals and paparazzi and clean up and all that. But I really liked how each character responded to their lot in live. An You know when you read a book and feel like it is directly meant to be on Netflix as a romcom? this. 😂So it was fun! I hoped it would be a bit like a YA version of Red White & Royal Blue, but it wasn't (that's on me for expectations, not on the book!). It's very much about the pressures of a life under the scrutiny of the public eye. Tbh I thought it'd be MORE stressful with scandals and paparazzi and clean up and all that. But I really liked how each character responded to their lot in live. And it has some serious thoughts on expectations, what it means to be "strong" for women, sexism against girls in media, and power struggles. There are 4 POVs: Beatrice (future queen), Samantha (younger sister, princess, the spare), Daphne (social climber, ruthless), Nina (unassuming bff of Sam but also in love with the prince but too low in "status"). Look they were all interesting, but I only liked Sam, oops. I wish it had had less POVs and gone deeper into fleshing out the romances. 400 pages for 4 romances is only 100 pages each, which didn't feel enough to go deep! Overall, fun and fluffy, but with meaningful moments. And I definitely enjoyed the fact it's America but with a monarchy. 😂

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    American Royals is a fun and frothy novel as one would expect from the blurb. It reimagines history so that George Washington became the first king of America...the background detail of expanding upon this alternative history is a little lacking though. I would have liked a few more nuggets of info about the how and the why America came to be ruled by a monarchy. The story is told from a number of different viewpoints which was enjoyable but it also meant that it was quite hard to ever truly eng American Royals is a fun and frothy novel as one would expect from the blurb. It reimagines history so that George Washington became the first king of America...the background detail of expanding upon this alternative history is a little lacking though. I would have liked a few more nuggets of info about the how and the why America came to be ruled by a monarchy. The story is told from a number of different viewpoints which was enjoyable but it also meant that it was quite hard to ever truly engage with one particular character and their storyline as the book kept flip-flopping from PoV to PoV too frequently for my personal taste. I probably enjoyed Beatrice's story the most as it was interesting to see how her life was dictated by her (mis)fortune of birth as she is heir to the throne and is due to be the first ever ruling queen. Samantha's story frustrated me the most. I felt she was quite a cliched character with the stereotypical chip on her shoulder at being the forgotten Royal sibling. Nina's story was quite engaging as it was interesting to have the "commoner's" take on the royals. And I did enjoy Daphne's story as the villain of the piece as she was just fabulously over the top with her schemes and vendettas. What was disappointing however, is how every story is dictated by paint-by-numbers romantic plot lines. It's easy to see where ultimately this story will finish up with every character happily paired off no matter how illogical their romantic plot line is/will be. I'm also not a fan of the ending. Because this book felt like quite a long read and ultimately the story went no where except to a cliffhanger-style ending and therefore is reliant on its sequel to finish out the tale. Overall this was a fun read but I do wish this was a standalone rather than a first in a series. 3.5 stars *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Penguin Random House UK Children's, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Somebody was comparing AMERICAN ROYALS to CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and I think to do so is really unfair because CRAZY RICH ASIANS tapped into a lot of dialogues about race, class, and culture that AMERICAN ROYALS doesn't really do. Oh, it tries, but if anything it's just a thought experiment designed to write yet another frothy story about princesses. And if that's your cup of Earl grey tea, more power to you, but I think it's dangerous-- and Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Somebody was comparing AMERICAN ROYALS to CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and I think to do so is really unfair because CRAZY RICH ASIANS tapped into a lot of dialogues about race, class, and culture that AMERICAN ROYALS doesn't really do. Oh, it tries, but if anything it's just a thought experiment designed to write yet another frothy story about princesses. And if that's your cup of Earl grey tea, more power to you, but I think it's dangerous-- and disappointing-- to build AMERICAN ROYALS to be anything other than what it is: mindless fluff. AMERICAN ROYALS takes place in an alternate universe where Washington did agree to be America's new King, leading to a lineage of nouveaux royales called "the Washingtons." There isn't really a plot-- it's entirely character-driven, and most of that character development revolves around drama, drama, drama. Dating, marriage, secret relationships, catty mean girls, and revenge, oh my. This has more angst and big misunderstandings than your favorite K-drama. And just like a K-drama, the interactions between the characters make up all the story line. I'm including a brief summary of character bios that contain **very light spoilers** 👑 = royal ⚪️ = common 🎩 = rich and upper-class but not part of the royal family 👑 Beatrice is the heir to the crown. Everything is riding on her to be the perfect American princess. In the eyes of her family, it seems like she can do no wrong. All that's left for her to do is marry well and make her parents proud... but the true love of her life isn't someone her parents would approve of. 👑 Samantha is the spare and the prodigal wild child. She's spent her whole life in her big sister's shadow and always feels like she can do nothing right. She's in love with a handsome young noble named Teddy, but to her horror and heartbreak, Teddy is one of the suitors in her sister's lineup. 👑 Jeff(erson) is Samantha's twin brother, and Beatrice's younger brother. He also has a wild streak, but because he's a boy, he gets away with a lot of the things Samantha does not, and everyone just says he's sowing his wild oats. Many girls hope to snag him and have him make them a princess, but he's not too socially keen and has two girls fighting over him: a gold-digger and a childhood friend. 👑 Teddy is one of the noble lords Beatrice might marry. It seems like he's Beatrice's top choice, but he's actually in love with Samantha. It's not clear how far he'd go for power, even at the cost of love. 🎩 Daphne is Jefferson's ex-girlfriend and a self-made noble. She's spent her whole life molding herself into princess material and is determined to snag her ex back at any cost. But she has some very dark and sinister secrets under her designer belt that could wreck everything she's strived for. 🎩 Ethan is Daphne's friend and accomplice, and would like to be so much more. He knows all of her secrets and has the power to ruin her, but he'd rather she date him instead.  ⚪️ Connor is Beatrice's bodyguard. The two of them are attracted to each other, but they can never be... or can they? *I Will Always Love You* intensifies in the background. ⚪️ Nina is the daughter of the royal cabinet minister and childhood friend to Samantha and Jeff. She is also in love with Jeff, but he's a stupid mcstupidson and doesn't realize that his ex-girlfriend is playing a long con to get him back. Nina isn't prepared for fame or infamy in the slightest, and when her romantic ventures with Jeff break the news, she isn't prepared for it in the slightest. Now you know the backstory, and if you think those are spoilers-- NOPE, not really. That's just everything you need in your toolkit to understand this 400-page drama fest and why these characters continually make stupid decision after stupid decision. I won't lie and say it wasn't entertaining, because it was, but 400 pages made this book seem really long without much in the way of plot, and it ends on the biggest cliffhanger ever, so by the time you get to the end THERE'S NO CLOSURE. I think if you're a fan of Meg Cabot, K-dramas, and drama for the sake of drama, you'll probably like this book. But don't go into this book expecting a heavy plot or serious topics. It's pure froth, and while that might not be my cup of tea, you may find that it could quite possibly be yours. P.S. All the heavy winking at "wow, isn't monarchy so much better than the utter chaos that would be an American democracy?" got really irritating. Monarchies have their own problems, hierarchically-based caste systems being one of them. So don't get high and mighty with me, book. Just don't. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  3 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    AMERICAN ROYALS was a concept I was excited about because, for all the royalty romances out there, we've never had one that reimagined, and rewrote, American history to fashion them with royalty (or at least I’ve never seen/read one!). Beyond that, however, I didn't really know what to expect. My guess was drama, politics, and many things in between. It's definitely drama. Politics, not so much. This is all drama. It's like Gossip Girl on steroids in some ways, I think. Maybe. I only watched like AMERICAN ROYALS was a concept I was excited about because, for all the royalty romances out there, we've never had one that reimagined, and rewrote, American history to fashion them with royalty (or at least I’ve never seen/read one!). Beyond that, however, I didn't really know what to expect. My guess was drama, politics, and many things in between. It's definitely drama. Politics, not so much. This is all drama. It's like Gossip Girl on steroids in some ways, I think. Maybe. I only watched like two seasons of that and it was a long time ago and okay maybe I should move away from this comparison. Princess Beatrice is the eldest, the heir, set to become the country's first Queen. The laws have changed and the monarchy is looking to be more progressive in regards to inheritance with women not being passed over for just having the bad luck to be born first but female. Yay! But only in that one way. Welp. Commoners are still not eligible for marriage and lo and behold isn't that who Beatrice finds herself falling in love with? All despite trying to still adhere to the law, to tradition, and find herself an actual suitable match her parents, and the country, will approve of. Then there's her siblings, twins Samantha and Jefferson. They have a commoner friend, Nina, with whom they grew up with. Who is trying to keep the royal and regular sides of her life separate. To distance herself from the twins after an event that happened the night they graduated high school. Sam, who is everything Beatrice isn't, who is directionless, troublesome, and Jeff who is beloved by all. And who dumped his longterm girlfriend, Daphne, even though she has no intention of staying dumped. This book is a lot. I thought I was actually enjoying it at first, despite some of the nastier drama, but honestly I think I kept expecting something of this book that it wasn't. And that's on me. I was feeling leftover heartwarming RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE feelings and I thought this was going to be more rom-com, maybe, or just.. fuzzier. But it’s not. AMERICAN ROYALS is definitely more in line with a soap opera, or reality shows (no shade! but I hate them), while still being clever enough to be riddled with the strangeness of the reimagined history, historical figures, and different way of life. As weird as it was, I sorta liked it, but it might be weirder for actual Americans who actually care, or are patriotic, about it all. I think this book will be a love or a hate; you'll love the drama or you won't, you'll love the alternate universe feel or you won't. And while I definitely didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. I couldn't find myself feeling much for any of the characters or their various plights or plots; I never lost myself in this story or world, I was always keenly aware I was just reading about them. The only one who got much of a reaction out of me was Daphne. At first I just hated her, felt icky about her, but more and more I had to kind of admire her. Not for good reasons. But hey, at least she inspired a reaction. I might read on, as it's definitely not a standalone, but I'm not sure I'll be clamouring for the sequel with the kind of curiosity I had about its predecessor. Mostly I'm just hoping it's not a trilogy and everything wraps up in two books. Guess we'll find out. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    Come for the concept, stay for the drama. This was a near-perfect blend of Gossip Girl, modern day royalty, and drama. Concept: ★★★★★ Drama: ★★★★ 1/2 Pacing: ★★★ Romance:★★★★ What would have happened if George Washington had accepted the offer to become America's king? As our history books state, he said no, and the Presidency was created. But what if... American Royals follows the modern-day lives of America's royal family—the House of Washington. A perfect mishmash of British royalty with a distinc Come for the concept, stay for the drama. This was a near-perfect blend of Gossip Girl, modern day royalty, and drama. Concept: ★★★★★ Drama: ★★★★ 1/2 Pacing: ★★★ Romance:★★★★ What would have happened if George Washington had accepted the offer to become America's king? As our history books state, he said no, and the Presidency was created. But what if... American Royals follows the modern-day lives of America's royal family—the House of Washington. A perfect mishmash of British royalty with a distinctly American twist, American Royals was SO MUCH FUN. Beatrice Washington is the first born, and the first woman chosen as next in line for the throne. An 18-year-old with her life planned out down to the man she's supposed to marry, she secretly dreams of being allowed the freedom of choice in the land of the free. But what's a princess to do when the whole world is watching? Samantha Washington is one part of two—her twin brother, Jefferson Washington, is America's heartthrob—and Sam's the mess up. Known as the spare, Sam realizes that the only way to carve her mark into history is to be the loudest, the worst, the most—anything and everything that Beatrice isn't. What's a spare to do when all she wants is to make an impact? Nina Gonzalez is Sam's best friend and the daughter of the royal court's Chamberlain. She's grown up in the halls of the palace all her life, and Sam and Jeff are her closest friends. It's not her intention to fall in love with the prince, but when one night crosses the line, will she take the plunge and risk the wrath of the American people to be with her knight in shining armor? Daphne Deighton was born to be a princess. Scraping her way to the top with a smile on her face and steel in her eyes, she was Jeff's perfect porcelain girlfriend until it all came crashing down and Nina stole his heart. What's a girl to do but take things into her own hands? Following the POVs of these four women entangled in the palace, American Royals was something else. I couldn't get enough of the clever world-building, the hate-to-love-it cliched drama, and the scheming. Nina's window as a Hispanic woman attempting to following her own path was my favorite part of this story, seconded by Beatrice's stoic exterior/mad mess interior dynamic. This series is going to make a splash, and I can't WAIT for the next book. Thank you very much to Penguin Random House for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars What if America had a royal family? This book was a drama-fest and I couldn't get enough of it. It's one of those stories you don't want to put down because it's so entertaining. American Royals takes place in a world where America has a royal family instead of a democracy. The Washingtons' have been in power since the start and this is their family's story. This follows a few characters, the first being Beatrice who is next in line for the crown. The next is her sister, Sa 4 stars What if America had a royal family? This book was a drama-fest and I couldn't get enough of it. It's one of those stories you don't want to put down because it's so entertaining. American Royals takes place in a world where America has a royal family instead of a democracy. The Washingtons' have been in power since the start and this is their family's story. This follows a few characters, the first being Beatrice who is next in line for the crown. The next is her sister, Samantha, and her brother Jefferson. It also follows Sam's best friend and Jeff's love interest, Nina, who is a commoner. As well as Daphne who's Jeff's ex that is trying everything in her power to get him back. I know it sounds like a lot, but it really was easy to follow. Even listening to the audiobook, I never was lost or confused. There was, however, a lot going on. My favorite storyline was Beatrices. Mostly because she has a romance going on with her bodyguard and that troupe is one of my favorites. Not all of these characters are likable. In fact, most of them aren't in a lot of ways. But I was still completely invested in what was happening and what direction things were going in. The way this ended has me asking a lot of questions and dying for the next one to come out. I can't wait to see what happens with these characters now. Totally a guilty pleasure read but I loved it!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)

    4.5 stars - (Buddy read with Heather I. Loved. This. Book. Talk about addicting! American Royals reimagines American history as if George Washington had accepted the title of King and in present day America, we're still being ruled by the monarchy led by his descendants. This book has a lot of perspectives, but I felt fully invested in each and every one of them. If I absolutely *had* to pick a favorite, it would be Samantha, also known as the spare. Samantha is a Jefferson's twin sister and as 4.5 stars - (Buddy read with Heather I. Loved. This. Book. Talk about addicting! American Royals reimagines American history as if George Washington had accepted the title of King and in present day America, we're still being ruled by the monarchy led by his descendants. This book has a lot of perspectives, but I felt fully invested in each and every one of them. If I absolutely *had* to pick a favorite, it would be Samantha, also known as the spare. Samantha is a Jefferson's twin sister and as neither twin is inheriting the throne (that honor goes to their older sister Beatrice, the soon to be first Queen of America), they have a bit more freedom to wreak havoc. In addition to Samantha and Beatrice, we also get perspectives from Daphne (Jefferson's ex-girlfriend who's thirsty for the title of princess) and Nina (a commoner, and Samantha's best friend since childhood). This book combined so many of the things I love most- royals, romance, imaginary politics, crown jewels, and tons of scandal! Since American Royals is on the longer side (it's 448 pages) I was expecting it to take me a while to read, but I finished it in 3 sittings and while I wasn't reading, I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen next. I'm basically DYING for the second book and I could definitely see myself re-reading this one!

  15. 5 out of 5

    myo 🍒 (myonna reads)

    i actually really enjoyed this book! the drama was so good but i’ve read her other series so i already the drama was gonna be good. i got kinda bored in the middle which honestly always happens so i cant fault the book for that

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed McGee’s previous series of novels, The Thousandth Floor, and was intrigued to see her take on the alternative history genre with an America ruled by the descendants of King George Washington. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This has a lot of froth but no substance, and although the The Thousandth Floor has interesting characters and an overall plot arc, this just doesn’t really have anything, with a plot that feels con I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed McGee’s previous series of novels, The Thousandth Floor, and was intrigued to see her take on the alternative history genre with an America ruled by the descendants of King George Washington. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This has a lot of froth but no substance, and although the The Thousandth Floor has interesting characters and an overall plot arc, this just doesn’t really have anything, with a plot that feels contrived, predictable and just dull. The story is divided into several POV, ranging from Princesses Beatrice and Samantha, both struggling with their responsibilities and falling in love with the wrong people, Daphne the ex girlfriend of Prince Jeff and Nina the childhood ‘commoner’ friend of Princess Samantha who’s having a secret affair. I didn’t find any of the stories particularly interesting, or different from anything that’s gone before them and the voices lack any distinct qualities. At times it was a struggle to remember who’s chapter I was reading as the tones are all very one note and nondescript. They were all too similar to each other, and none of them is developed enough to carry a proper narrative arc on their own. The character’s individual stories never really intertwine, and their conclusion is incredibly obvious from the start. Even though nothing actually is concluded here, as over the course of the novel nothing at all is resolved, clearly hinting at further novels, which I found incredibly annoying. I also found the whole concept of an American royal house a little bit too absurd. Yes, you can suspend your disbelief for most aspects of the plot and just go with it, but I found that in reality I just wasn’t invested in the concept. The world building itself is none existent, and the reader is never really told how this world has been shaped by Washington’s apparent decision to take a crown. I know very little about American ‘history’, and found that without any background here to support the story, I didn’t want to know it either. As a positive, I will say that the writing is good and flows well, making it easy to read. McGee has the real potential to turn out an excellent novel, if given the right story. I just wish the subject matter was a little more exciting. Disappointing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    2.5 stars, rounded up What if America hadn't gone the radical route of elected government officials and democracy, and instead had offered George Washington a crown and he had inexplicably taken it? This is the intriguing alternate history of a world that could have been, with the royal siblings—Crown Princess Beatrice, twins Samantha and Jefferson—and their friend Nina, navigating the world of love, romance, expectations and social media. It's very gossipy and filled with the glitz, glamor, gossip 2.5 stars, rounded up What if America hadn't gone the radical route of elected government officials and democracy, and instead had offered George Washington a crown and he had inexplicably taken it? This is the intriguing alternate history of a world that could have been, with the royal siblings—Crown Princess Beatrice, twins Samantha and Jefferson—and their friend Nina, navigating the world of love, romance, expectations and social media. It's very gossipy and filled with the glitz, glamor, gossip and grit of the royalty and celebrity worlds, with everything we obsess about in celebrities transformed into the aristocracy. While I did enjoy the storyline and the characters—I really, really enjoyed the characters, although Beatrice got on my nerves for transforming from dutiful future monarch into a love-struck brat—I wished that the world had been better developed. Seriously, do not go into this for the world-building. It's alternate history, but in a world that is still based on the history that had gone before. And because of that, I had some serious problems with this alternate history. In this world, the major monarchies still rule—the Hanovers, the Bourbons, the Romanovs, etc—and apparently the world wars never happened thanks to a world-wide peace pact signed in 1895. This take on history—that the democratic and communist revolutions would never have happened without the American Revolution—is fascinating, flawed and very, very scary. Okay, so this is essentially Gossip Girl with royalty. Hear me out. This book absolutely ignores the consequences and rippling aftereffects of colonialism and imperialism, and places a blind eye towards the power of representative government. Basically—monarchy good, rule of the people bad. It ignores all of the horrific things done by monarchs with the blithe observation that a benevolent monarchy is good because well, those people are good and meant to rule. Also, the thing that really, really bothered me throughout this entire book was the absolute lack of slavery or American Indians. Apparently, America exists and is divided into duchies instead of states, with a reach that seems to go all the way to the west coast (with a slight nod to Spanish and French colonization in the naming), but there's not really much history covered than that? The fact that George Washington was a slave owner was not mentioned a single time. Slavery was not mentioned a single time. The colonization of America and the erasure of American Indians was not mentioned. There was not a single Black character in this entire book (that I noticed, I could be wrong). There were only two prominent characters of color in the book, and one was in a coma the entire time. The other—Nina—was a diversity checklist of a Hispanic (not Latinx) girl with burnished sienna skin who had queer moms. While I'm glad for the representation, it was tokenization. Anywho. I'm probably reading too much into this, but I was hoping for more. I did enjoy the storyline and was entertained—mostly because I'm trash for all things royal and I have no shame about it—even if the alternate history aspect was deeply troubling and not well thought out. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. Edit: Apparently the published version mentions George Washington's descendants abolishing slavery and also that some of the Dukes are American Indians. I'm still discomfited by other aspects of the book (also, making some dukes American Indian doesn't exactly...change...the colonization/genocide aspect? Samesies with slavery and systematic racism? I'd have to read the published version but I just don't care).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    *I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* This was auch a quick and entertaining read. I really enjoyed American Royals and can’t wait to read the sequel next year! instagram || my blog || twitter *I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* This was auch a quick and entertaining read. I really enjoyed American Royals and can’t wait to read the sequel next year! instagram || my blog || twitter

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    What if American was run by a royal family descended from George Washington? I LOVE this book. It is so entertaining and such a cute story. I always find princess stories entertaining and this is my favorite princess story. I reread American Royals before reading Majesty, and I loved it as much as the first time. Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com... What if American was run by a royal family descended from George Washington? I LOVE this book. It is so entertaining and such a cute story. I always find princess stories entertaining and this is my favorite princess story. I reread American Royals before reading Majesty, and I loved it as much as the first time. Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I had seen low ratings for this book, but hadn't read the reviews, so I had hoped that I could find some enjoyment from this book but I did not. In an alternate history, George Washington became King after the American Revolution was won. Centuries later, House Washington is still on the throne. Now, Princess Beatrice is first in line for the throne and will be the first Queen, but her parents are pushing her to get married. This book is a disaster. First, the world really isn't explained well at I had seen low ratings for this book, but hadn't read the reviews, so I had hoped that I could find some enjoyment from this book but I did not. In an alternate history, George Washington became King after the American Revolution was won. Centuries later, House Washington is still on the throne. Now, Princess Beatrice is first in line for the throne and will be the first Queen, but her parents are pushing her to get married. This book is a disaster. First, the world really isn't explained well at all. Why did the United States become a monarchy after they were fleeing one? How in the world would Beatrice be the first Queen? Just why. All of it is a big fat why. Some of it might have been pieced together if there was more focus on the royalty aspect, but there wasn't. The royalty was all just a ploy to have these forbidden romances and nothing more. There are other ways to have forbidden romances that would make a lot more sense than this. The romances themselves were a nightmare. I couldn't get myself to care about any of them. All of the characters were so messy and this really felt like some TV soap opera more than anything. There was so much cheating throughout this it was awful and no one seemed to have a problem with it. Also, for having a bunch of forbidden romances with royals and not one of them LGBT?? Come on. That would have made this better... maybe. There are multiple POVs in this book, Beatrice, Samantha, Nina and Daphne, but each of these girls only exist to talk and worry about the guy they like. That's it. There was no discussion about their royal duties or whatever else they were struggling with. There was no forming bonds whether it was family or friends. Nothing. They were solely concerned about their love life. It's infuriating to read. Women are more than the person, in this case guys, they like, but each of these characters were only reduced down to that. There worth was based on the guy. For a book set and written in modern times, it all felt incredibly old-fashioned. Because the characters were all reduced down to their romantic life, none of the characters stood out. They all blended together, the women and the men. Each character was the same. The romance was the only thing that mattered in this story. Not the world-building or the character building, it was simple the romance and even that went up in flames. I had hoped to find something positive from this book as I was writing this review, but unfortunately, I came up short. This book is a complete mess that has left me baffled and feeling like I should not be picking out books in the middle of the night when I can't sleep.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending a review copy my way! "How hard it was to be a woman in this world of monarchies, whose structures and traditions had all been built by men." trigger warnings: cheating, death of a grandparent (in the past), death of a parent (in the past), being roofied, character in a coma, (view spoiler)[parent with cancer, death of a parent due to cancer (hide spoiler)] representation: f/f relationship (Nina's mums), Latina rep, Japanese American rep. Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending a review copy my way! "How hard it was to be a woman in this world of monarchies, whose structures and traditions had all been built by men." trigger warnings: cheating, death of a grandparent (in the past), death of a parent (in the past), being roofied, character in a coma, (view spoiler)[parent with cancer, death of a parent due to cancer (hide spoiler)] representation: f/f relationship (Nina's mums), Latina rep, Japanese American rep. I definitely have mixed thoughts about this one! T H I N G S I L I K E D : ✨ the discussion on gender inequality and sexism within monarchies ✨ it was super fast paced and gripping in the same way that gossip girl is ✨ the audiobook was really good! T H I N G S I D I D N ' T L I K E : ✨ literally ALL of the characters suck........ all of them. ✨ lots of petty drama that can get kind of annoying to read about ✨ not super memorable I definitely didn't hate it, but I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next book or not!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame)

    3.75 stars jeff, if you’re reading this i am free on thursday please respond and let me know if you wanna hang out thursday which is when i’m free on thursday.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court)

    ⭐️⭐️ out of 5 Do yourself a favour: SKIP IT IF YOU CAN! If you saw a lot of Teen drama TV shows/movie, or read many YA Contemporary Romance novels, you will not learn anything from this book. Especially if you already watched Gossip Girl. This book successfully wins the award of “The Most Predictable Book I Have Ever Read”. 👏🏼 It tried to much to be like Gossip Girl (the TV show), but it failed (the plagiarism section is below). Most of the characters were really two-dimensional and it had so many o ⭐️⭐️ out of 5 Do yourself a favour: SKIP IT IF YOU CAN! If you saw a lot of Teen drama TV shows/movie, or read many YA Contemporary Romance novels, you will not learn anything from this book. Especially if you already watched Gossip Girl. This book successfully wins the award of “The Most Predictable Book I Have Ever Read”. 👏🏼 It tried to much to be like Gossip Girl (the TV show), but it failed (the plagiarism section is below). Most of the characters were really two-dimensional and it had so many occasions to build spicy drama, but when an opportunity showed up, it was missed. The drama was just childish and based on miscommunications. I did not gasp a single time, which is kinda a catfish when the reviews and blurbs promised scenarios as jaw-dropping as those in GG. At least the writing was fine, so I give points for that. No joke, I really predicted everything that happened in it... Not enough plot for too many pages. I expected spicy food, but I ended up with only bland bread. Plagiarism Ok... So she basically plagiarized Chuck and Blair with the Daphne/Ethan relationship. Like Blair in S1 in GG, she wants her rich and handsome ex-boyfriend (Nate/ in the book it is Jefferson) back after he cheats on her with another girl. Like Blair, Daphne is ready to plot the most devious scheme and sabotages to earn what she wants. She only cares about herself, her wealth, her high- ranked reputation. Like Blair, Daphne starts to get involved sexually with Ethan (who’s thy bland copy of Chuck) after a party. Like Chuck said to Blair, Ethan says to Daphne that Jefferson cannot fully love her because he doesn’t enjoy her dark side. EthanxDaphne relationship stays purely sexual for a while before Daphne starts to have feelings for him, even though she’s on the hunt for her ex. She fears that having a crush on her ex’s best friend will cause drama, so they keep the sexual relationship secret for a bit. THIS IS BASICALLY NATE/BLAIR/CHuCK in Gossip Girl!!!!! I swear, when I was reading this book, scenes of GG popped up in my mind! Not a good sign. It’s not even parralels anymore, it’s borderline plagiarism. The author is a fan of GG herself. .... It seems that 2020 was the year of disappointing reads for me, what other books have in store for me? There’s only one way to find out... You know you love me XOXO, Gossip Girl

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly (Deity of Books)

    I was very excited when I heard about a new book series being written by Katherine McGee because I loved The Thousandth Floor series. I added this to my TBR without reading the synopsis. When I got the physical copy, I read the synopsis and was very confused. I thought: more incest? If you read The Thousandth Floor, then you know that Avery and Atlas are siblings (adopted) and like each other. (Since they are not blood-related, I guess you could argue that it's not incest) But, the incest in I was very excited when I heard about a new book series being written by Katherine McGee because I loved The Thousandth Floor series. I added this to my TBR without reading the synopsis. When I got the physical copy, I read the synopsis and was very confused. I thought: more incest? If you read The Thousandth Floor, then you know that Avery and Atlas are siblings (adopted) and like each other. (Since they are not blood-related, I guess you could argue that it's not incest) But, the incest in the first series was uncomfortable and I didn't want to read any more of that. Anyway, that isn't the case with this book. The synopsis was just written weirdly. Beatrice: the heir, going to be the first woman to inherit the throne Samantha: the spare, younger sister of Beatrice, the older sister of Jefferson (by 4 minutes) Jefferson: the only prince of this family. The two girls fighting for his heart: Daphne Deighton (his ex gf) & Nina Gonzalez (Samantha's best friend + the girl he hooked up with) The cast of characters is amazing. I liked most of them. I enjoyed that the characters were from different levels of society. Some characters reminded me of others from The Thousandth Floor series. I kind of hope the relationships between the characters won't be like that because then it will be too predictable. Not really about the book: The concept of America having a sovereign is very cool, but I don't think it would be very realistic. Even if George Washington did accept the crown, I do not think his reign would last long. The colonist fought a war to free themselves from a monarchy and then afterward they continued to be ruled by a monarchy. That would be very strange and stupid. Which brings me to my next thought for the second book. (view spoiler)[I wonder if Beatrice would pass on the throne to Samantha to be with Connor. Then, Teddy and Samantha can be together. Another prediction would be Beatrice abolishing the current government and changing it into a democracy. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    This book was such a wild ride, and I honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun with it. I’m a sucker for a good novel following royals, so having this reimagined America was so unique and created such a dramatic atmosphere that was steady throughout the entire novel that had some of my favorite tropes like forbidden love, best friend’s brother, and a bodyguard + royal romance. I do have to say, though, that I just did not believe in Samantha’s romance with Teddy. How can one girl claim to love This book was such a wild ride, and I honestly didn’t expect to have so much fun with it. I’m a sucker for a good novel following royals, so having this reimagined America was so unique and created such a dramatic atmosphere that was steady throughout the entire novel that had some of my favorite tropes like forbidden love, best friend’s brother, and a bodyguard + royal romance. I do have to say, though, that I just did not believe in Samantha’s romance with Teddy. How can one girl claim to love a guy she had one real interaction with and kissed once? How? Explain that to me. If she did have more interactions with him, I could have believed their romance, but really it just felt like mutual infatuation. And, while I did have fun with this dramatic book, I just could not care about Daphne’s half-baked scheme to become a royal, and her POV was completely unnecessary, along with the overall length of this novel. No YA contemporary needs to be over 400 pages long, ever. This could have been heavily edited down, so while I did love this story, there were things that could have been improved in terms of characterization and overall length.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    Although this was fairly predictable, I think fans of royal romances or dramas (AKA meeee) will enjoy it. I liked the variety of POVs and the alternate history of the United States was very interesting to think about. I definitely feel like her writing has grown since her first book and I look forward to what's coming in this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lea | That_Bookdragon

    Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can see the content of the very cute promotional box of swags I was sent here 4/5 ⭐ "Writers got to pick the ending of their novels, but Beatrice wasn't living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever." Have you ever wondered what society would be like if George Washington had accepted to become king after the Revolutionary War instead of president? Then search Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can see the content of the very cute promotional box of swags I was sent here 4/5 ⭐ "Writers got to pick the ending of their novels, but Beatrice wasn't living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever." Have you ever wondered what society would be like if George Washington had accepted to become king after the Revolutionary War instead of president? Then search no more, friends, because this book may have the answer! American Royals follows the life of the modern royal family of America. The Washingtons have been ruling America for over two and a half centuries and power is about to be turned upside down. The heir to the throne is, for the first time, a Queen and she will need to find her King Consort after a new law that was passed a few years prior to when the story takes place. This book was deliciously dramatic. I had a lot of fun reading this book and following the Washingtons through their daily lives but also their struggles with what is right for their country. the gossip was incredible and I loved this aspect, it added a lot of tension and even more plot-twists and turns. I have to admit that I predicted most of what was going to happen, but I was still pleasantly surprised and truly enjoyed reading this book. It was on my list of most anticipated releases for this Fall and it did not disappoint! I really liked the idea of this "Alternative Universe" were presidency is a nonexistent concept from what I understood. There was one quote I truly liked and honestly, tea was spilled: "Everyone knew that elections only worked for judges and Congress. Making the executive branch pander to the people, go out begging for votes-that could only end in disaster. That structure would attract the wrong sort of people: power-hungry people with twisted agendas." I let out a distinct "oohhhhh" when I read this quote. I love the way the author calls people out with this quote. I don't want to get into political talks but yeah, I felt that quote. The Characters The Washingtons: Beatrice is the heir to the throne and all her life has been spent following rules and etiquette until she decides she wants more. I really liked her character and the way she wanted things to change around her. I felt really bad for her but I can't wait to see what the next book has in store for her! Samantha, her little sister was also another character I really liked. All her life she has been made to believe she was only the spare in case anything happened to Beatrice and I honestly think she was one of my favorite in this book. She may be a princess but she's super wild and fun. Jefferson, twin-brother to Samantha was also a great character. He is America's heartthrob, the only male sibling in the family. Out of all the characters in the book, the Washington family was definitely my favorite. I liked that they were all different and had their own opinions on things. It was really enjoyable to follow their adventures. Nina: I, sadly, didn't like her. I thought she was selfish and I truly didn't feel like she was a good friend to Sam(antha) at all. Throughout the book, she keeps saying Sam is the one who doesn't care about her but honestly, she was even worse... Daphne: She is just evil. This young lady is plain evil and manipulative. I think I'm loving to hate her because even when the situation is seemingly desperate for her, she still has a trick up her sleeve and manages to turn the odds upside down again. She believes she was born to be a princess and set it upon herself to marry Jefferson, until it all comes crashing down. Ethan: He is Jefferson's best friend and honestly I have trust issues. There is something about this character that doesn't feel right and I'm concerned with what will happen in book 2. To conclude, I would say this book was really fun and entertaining. It explores a very fun concept and I cannot wait to see where book 2 is going to take us! One year of waiting is definitely going to be long because I loved every moment I spent with the pages of this book! PS: I'm not saying this book would make an amazing tv show, but it totally would My Bookstagram

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Bookish

    Oof. Soooo, that was certainly... a book.  I think my major issue with American Royals is that this book doesn't seem like it knows what it wants to be. Does it want to be a thought-provoking story set in an alternate version of the United States with a monarchy? Yes. Does it also want to be a fluffy young adult romance novel? Yes. Does it also want to be a reality TV-esque teen drama? ...Yes. Are any of these elements playing nicely together? Definitely not.  This book is 448 pages and it felt lo Oof. Soooo, that was certainly... a book.  I think my major issue with American Royals is that this book doesn't seem like it knows what it wants to be. Does it want to be a thought-provoking story set in an alternate version of the United States with a monarchy? Yes. Does it also want to be a fluffy young adult romance novel? Yes. Does it also want to be a reality TV-esque teen drama? ...Yes. Are any of these elements playing nicely together? Definitely not.  This book is 448 pages and it felt loooooong. Part of the problem is that it's trying to explore three (three!!!) separate forbidden romance plots which are all fairly redundant when taken together. I get what the author was going for in creating these parallels, but honestly, no single story line brings enough to the table to justify including all three. First you have Princess Beatrice, first in line to the throne, who is in love with her guard, a commoner. Her younger sister, Sam, is in love with Teddy, the "suitable" potential king consort who has been hand-picked to marry Beatrice. Finally, Sams' best friend, Nina, another commoner, is in love with Prince Jefferson. I think McGee thought it would be fun to have these parallels and explore how these characters with varying personalities handled the situation, but that doesn't change the fact that all of these plot lines can be boiled down to "I love this person and my social station is keeping me from being with them." The story feels extremely bogged down with all the separate romances and point of view characters.  The major characters themselves, while certainly fairly distinct from one another, are very shallowly developed. Beatrice is the dutiful daughter who is being pushed to her breaking point and flirting with rebellion for the first time. Sam has middle child syndrome to the extreme, feels invisible, and is obliviously selfish. Jeff is... well, honestly, after finishing the book I'm not sure I could tell you a single personality trait of dear Prince Jefferson. Finally, Nina, who has grown up understandably insecure as a commoner while the best friend of royalty, is basically Sam's doormat through most of the book. At no point did I feel moved to care about any of these characters, except poor Nina, who probably should have punched Sam in the face at some point early in their friendship. (#ninadeservedbetter)  But back to the issue of this book clearly not having a good sense of what it wants to be, there is a weird mixture of teenage drama and a thought experiment on how an American monarchy would have changed the world as it exists today. Both of these elements feel like they're getting in each other's way rather than meshing well together. There are some great YA books which blend the personal and political together really well. (Red, White, & Royal Blue comes to mind.) This is not one of them. The bits of political philosophizing serve only to up the page count and break up the romance plot lines without ever saying anything new or interesting.  You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish! Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr

  29. 5 out of 5

    tappkalina

    "From now on, you are two people at once: Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown. When they want different things, the Crown must win. Always." “Your mamá and I look to each other to stay grounded. People like Daphne—who walk around the world hurting others, hiding their real selves—those people are the unlucky ones. You can’t worry about them. All you can do is be yourself, wholly and unapologetically." Buddy read with ᴄᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ ♡, ✨ Christy ✨ and Krisztina Imbre. "From now on, you are two people at once: Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown. When they want different things, the Crown must win. Always." “Your mamá and I look to each other to stay grounded. People like Daphne—who walk around the world hurting others, hiding their real selves—those people are the unlucky ones. You can’t worry about them. All you can do is be yourself, wholly and unapologetically." Buddy read with ᴄᴏʟᴇᴛᴛᴇ ♡, ✨ Christy ✨ and Krisztina Imbre.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    this was basically if gossip girl was following a royal family. tons of messiness and drama. i really liked the princess/bodyguard romance but the other storylines were lacking for me if you liked this book please do yourself a favor and watch the tv show The Royals

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