I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for gifting me with the e-ARC of American Royals by Katharine McGee. I was also lucky enough to get a physical copy of the ARC at the Penguin stand at this year’s YALC – they were free with the purchase of any finished copy book from their stand.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.
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. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.
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.
This book made me laugh, squeal and cry. I’m not usually one for non-fantasy books but this one intrigued me, apparently cliché is my new guilty pleasure, and boy was this one cliché – I loved every second of reading it.
The story is told from the perspective of four different people. First we have Beatrice; she’s the oldest sibling, and thanks to the law her grandfather changed she’ll be the first Queen of America (whereas before it would have skipped the girls so that the oldest boy was the heir). Next we have Samantha, second in line for the throne and twin to Jefferson (only just older than him). Then we have Nina; a ‘commoner’ who has been best friends with Samantha since they were children. And lastly we have Daphne; Jeff’s ex girlfriend who can’t accept he dumped her, but she is determined to win him back for the title and not Jeff himself.
Not sure if you can tell by that summary but I do not like Daphne one little bit. She has multiple opportunities to redeem herself throughout the book but she’s power hungry and will do anything to get what she wants. You can definitely see that it comes from her mother pushing her, but I don’t think that excuses her behaviour at all.
I know literally nothing about American history (history has never been my favourite thing to learn about, plus in school we only learnt about British history and Ancient Egypt). I feel like if I did know more about American History I might not like the book as much, but at the same time this book is very much an alternative universe and I think people should remember that this is fiction when reading it.
The book is pretty predictable with who is clearly going to end up with who, but I was still hooked on it and cannot wait for book two
UK release date for American Royals is 5th September 2019