Book Review: American Royals

Posted April 18, 2023 in Book Review

Book Review: American RoyalsAmerican Royals by Katharine McGee
Series: American Royals #1
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 441
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781984830203
Source: Amazon
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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 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.

I have to express how much I loved American Royals! I have always loved anything related to royalty. So, when I saw this book on Goodreads I knew I had to read it. Oh man was I not disappointed. Princess Beatrice, Princess Samantha, Prince Jefferson (Jeff), and Nina were my everything. But Daphne I loath.

The book focuses on the royal family of America, the Washingtons in the present day. For the first time in the history of America, their next monarch was going to be a woman. No pressure or anything.

I like the idea the book chapters revolved around four women with something to do with the monarchy: 2 princesses, 1 friend/lover, and 1 ex revengeful girlfriend. There is no shortage of drama within American Royals! The chapters rotate these perspectives and I never lost interest.

“That was the thing about success, it could be even more draining than failure.”

Katharine McGee, American Royals

There is also no shortage of romance and love trails. Three sets of star-crossed lovers, and I was rooting for them all! American Royals messed with my heart this way. Ugh, I need so much more and all the answers.

I loved the world-building in this book. We learn who the lords, dukes, and other monarchs in this world are. We also learn about the different kings that have come before and their history. I find all of this fascinating but I guess that is because I am a history buff.

“I expect you to give her your support when she’s earned it and your criticism when she deserves it. That’s what siblings are for, after all.”

Katharine McGee, American Royals

I need so much more of American Royals, and right now! I was super excited to find out there are more books to the series and the fourth book will be coming out in August. I have some catching up to do!

If you like books about royalty or alternative timelines you would probably like this book. If you enjoyed Red, White & Royal Blue or Royals then you will for sure like American Royals.

About Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee is the New York Times bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor series. She studied English and French literature at Princeton and has an MBA from Stanford. She’s been speculating about American royalty since her undergraduate days, when she wrote a thesis on “castle envy”: the idea that the American psyche is missing out on something, because Americans don’t have a royal family of their own.

Katharine lives with her husband in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

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