Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

The first instalment in the American Royals series.

Add American Royals to your Goodreads TBR:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43744300-american-royals

Published on the 3rd of September, 2019 by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Books Australia.

Purchase Links:

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/american-royals-katharine-mcgee/book/9780241365953.html

QBD Books:

https://www.qbd.com.au/american-royals/katharine-mcgee/9780241365953/

Dymocks Books:

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/american-royals-by-katharine-mcgee-9780241365953

Angus & Robertson:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/american-royals-katharine-mcgee/p/9780241365953

Australian RRP: $16.99

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Alternate Reality Fiction.

Page Count: 368

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Penguin Books Australia:

Chock-full of romance, scheming and scandal, Crazy Rich Asiansmeets Gossip Girlin this fabulously escapist guilty pleasure.

Romance, glamour, ambition and power . . . meet the Washingtons – the most scandalous royal family ever!

HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She’s the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties. It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She’s demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first – no matter what her heart might really want.

But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the court’s favour – and his bed. If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary.

Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. They’ll either be crowned in glory – or end up as shockingly royal disasters.

My Review:

I recieved an Uncorrected Proof Copy of this book from Penguin Books Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

This book instantly appealed to me, I’ve always loved alternate world reality Fiction, the whole what if…? and this book not only addresses that perfectly, but it blends with one of my favourite obsessions, royalty! So the premise of ‘What if George Washington had been King of America? What if his ancestors were on the Throne today?’ was just brilliant, I thought!

I instantly loved each character, I feel like each point of view was written so vividly and the voices of Beatrice, Samantha, Nina and Daphne just leapt off the page so vividly and I found this book equal parts entertaining, with the perfect blend of angst, drama and romance! Everything was just so engaging, I mean I am usually a multi book reader but when I was reading American Royals, I was wholly absorbed! I found myself thinking of the characters when I wasn’t reading, being even more excited to continue!

Initially and all throughout the book, I adored and sympathised with Beatrice. I love how the heir to the throne of America is female, and how the Act of Succession was edited so that yes indeed the King’s eldest daughter would inherit the Throne, rather than her younger brother, Jeff. I straight away could tell that Beatrice felt like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders, literally from her birth she had been trained to be Queen, had it drilled into her that her future is all about her country, being the best ruler for America, even if it means casting aside her own wants and happiness! She definitely goes through so much inner turmoil throughout this book too, even contemplating giving up the throne so she can be with the man she loves, the man she could never be with, for the people of America would scorn and not understand. I definitely couldn’t help but feel sorry for her throughout, I just wanted her to be happy! Though I definitely admired her composure throughout, and really enjoyed those personal scenes between her and her younger sister, Samantha, who has been begrudgingly known as The Spare.

See, as The Spare, Samantha can do whatever she wants! She and her twin brother, Jeff (or Jefferson), weave their way through exciting parties, exotic getaways and everything, where Beatrice is the perfect model daughter, Samantha rebels and parties like there’s no tomorrow. I really found her character growth satisfying throughout, as initially I thought she was just a bit of a brat in her party going ways, her seemingly careless nature, but also I could see that she meant well, her close friendship with Nina Gonzalez is utterly adorable, though it’s not without its struggles too. I mean, Samantha could effectively do what she wanted, though within reason, eg she couldn’t be seen driving herself around, so she would enlist Nina to drive around in Samantha’s car, it was little things like this that sort of made both of them see that their friendship wasn’t always two ways, but I know both of them would have always had their backs.

Then we have Samantha’s twin brother, Jeff, who is definitely an interesting one. I think he’s far too trusting of his frankly venomous ex, Daphne, but I loved Jeff’s scenes with Nina! They were just so freaking precious! That’s another thing that I love about this book, is that how the romance was written so brilliantly, with a dash of the dramatics but completely addictive!

Nina is a amazing character, I completely shipped her with right from the get go! I mean, who doesn’t love a royal and commoner romamce! But I love how Nina is just so comfortable she is in her own skin, until the internet trolls unleash on her! Which brings me to my next point…

It was really interesting to see how these characters, namely Daphne and Nina, respond to those internet trolls. See, being on the arm of the Crown Prince is not an easy feat, well, it comes with all sorts of internet slur, which is just awful because frankly Nina is the loveliest character and I thought she would have just been so perfect for Jeff, you can tell that she loves him, unlike that horrible schemer who just wants his title!

It’s funny, Daphne is a noble woman in her own right, the daughter of an esteemed Baron, so you think she would be confident in herself and content?

Absolutely not! Okay, I acknowledge that her upbringing was full of a toxic mother who tries to ensure that Daphne successfully ensnare Jeff once again, but I mean I felt like even towards the latter part of this book, even she was starting to tire herself out. I mean, she remained as menacing as always, but through a flashback it was discovered that she did something even worse than what she was doing with Nina, causing a friend of Daphne herself to fall and hit her head and remain comatose! This just shows Daphne’s utter blind determination to keep the Prince, I just can’t help but feel sorry for her, but also I’m looking forward to seeing her perfect world hopefully crumble around her in due course!

Overall, a fabulous first instalment to a perfectly illustrious world! I am going to miss these characters so much, honestly! I feel like Beatrice and Samantha are new royal obsessions! I can’t wait to read the next imstalments in their lives! I cannot recommend that you check out American Royals enough!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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