Title: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 448
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.
WHAT THE HELL? I’ve become seriously obsessed with this book for the past few days! 😍 Everything in it was beautifully crafted: the cover is really pretty, the writing is effortless captivating, and the characters are addictive! Besides, it’s a book about royals, how could I not be obsessed? 💖
In American Royals, we follow several POVs, which I thought was a nice addition, since we get the inside perspective of people from different backgrounds. What I thought was the most interesting, though, was that all of those POVs were from the girls of the book.
Beatrice is the eldest Princess and therefore, the heir to the throne. All she’s been taught is that the Crown must come first and that she can never do anything wrong, for she’s gonna rule someday. Samantha is Beatrice’s younger sister, a reckless and party girl, who can do everything as she pleases. Nina is Sam’s best friend, a college commoner girl that got herself in the middle of the royal drama. And Daphne is a gold-digger that will do what it takes to get her ex-boyfriend, Prince Jefferson, back.
It’s kind of hard not to root for everyone – except Daphne of course, – in this book. Beatrice is constantly struggling between the Crown and her heart, and how she must always do what is right. I absolutely fell in love with her character, as I’m a sucker for these stories. But really, I admired Beatrice for her maturity, grace and strength. I wasn’t exactly the biggest fan of Sam at first. She seemed to me as a irresponsible girl only. I could understand her reasons, as no one seemed to care about her unless she was breaking the rules, and she wanted all the attention her sister got. To me, Samantha seemed just spoiled, but I’m glad her character development brought her to the person she ended up being. Also, the sisterhood bonds between Sam and Beatrice were /the/ thing lacking in the very first part of the book, and I adored seeing them work their issues together. Nina was also a pleasant surprise to read about. As Sam’s best friend, she got the insides of the royal drama, but never really got to be a part of it. Therefore, she decided to separate her palace life and college life, never sharing details with either Sam or her college friends about each other. Once she really got sucked into the middle of the royal family, there was no going back, and I found Nina to be a relatable character, confused and scared and trying to do the best she could while handling her own life. I also really, really liked how she helped Sam become a better, more conscious person, by calling her own out on her behaviour, while also calling herself out on her own behaviour. Finally, I despised Daphne. Which is good, since I suppose that’s how we, as readers, are supposed to feel about her. I also pitied her. One of my favourite things about this book is how every character’s story is laid out before our eyes at some point, so we understand where they’re coming from, what their motivations are. They feel incredibly real then. And Daphne felt real, too. I understood the why behind her actions and I was amazed by her ability to craft such wicked and well-thought, but nevertheless evil, schemes. Everything to get Jeff back! (also, I’m curious to see more of Jeff in the upcoming books; he seemed like a sweet enough boy, but also so. very. blind!! 🤨)
I couldn’t choose only one romance to focus on. While Beatrice needs to decide either following the needs of the crown or the needs of her heart, Sam needs to get over the only relationship off-limits to her, and Daphne’s too busy ruining Jeff’s new relationship. Every single one of them was addictive and I couldn’t stop turning the pages!
The whole book was highly enjoyable, even though it got predictable at some parts (which I ended up not minding at all). It got too intense sometimes too, I’m not gonna lie, and I got so into the plot I was feeling the same heartbreak as the characters. The end really had a big impact on me, especially because of the messages of the importance of family and friendship that we got throughout the last chapters. I /can’t/ wait to get the sequel in my hands!!
🐠 Have you read American Royals? 🙂