Book Review: American Royals #2 – Majesty by Katharine McGee

Published in Australia on the 1st September, 2020 by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Firstly, a huge and heartfelt thank you to Penguin Books Australia for gifting me a copy of Majesty in exchange for an honest review! This has been one of my most anticipated releases since last year, I absolutely became enthralled and obsessed with American Royals, it was one of my favourite reads of last year and I just found myself instantly needing to know what’s next for Beatrice, Samantha, Daphne and Nina! Bear in mind that whilst I’ll try and keep my Majesty review spoiler free, the Sypnosis may allude to some events that take place in American Royals!

Add Majesty to your Goodreads TBR:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51518972-majesty

But remember! This is book 2 in a series, so be sure to add American Royals to your Goodreads TBR if you haven’t already:

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

You can also find my review of American Royals here:

https://wp.me/p82sSb-oF

I’ll just add a thought too, at the time of starting to string this review post together (well, the Goodreads links and such!), on the 18th August 2020 after reading a couple more chapters of Majesty and feeling all of the feels! I found myself learning that my assumption that this series would be a trilogy was wrong! *Cries*. I’m actually low-key devastated, truly! I’d personally read all of the books featuring these characters and reading the last few chapters is definitely going to prove all the more bittersweet now! *Sniffles*.

Majesty Purchase Links:

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/american-royals-2-katharine-mcgee/book/9780241365991.html

Dymocks:

https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/american-royals-2-majesty-by-katharine-mcgee-9780241365991

Amazon AU:

Angus & Robertson:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/majesty-katharine-mcgee/p/9780241365991

Australian RRP: $16.99

ISBN: 9780241365991

Format: Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Alternative History Fiction, Contemporary Fiction.

Page Count: 384

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Penguin Books Australia

Your favourite royal family are back for another thrilling instalment of gossip, drama and romance!

Beatrice Washington now rules America as its first ever queen, but her family are more concerned about rushing through her arranged marriage to a man she barely knows. No one can know that her heart really belongs to her bodyguard – but even their love is under threat.

Meanwhile, Princess Samantha is under more scrutiny than ever before – and she still longs to be with her sister’s fiancee. But with no sign of Bea’s wedding being called off, she’s surprised to find someone else catching her eye.

Nina Gonzalez is also tangled up with someone she never expected to be. She and Ethan are both nursing broken hearts, and it’s not long before they find themselves pulled irresistably together.

Luckily for Daphne Deighton, Prince Jeff’s grief for his father makes him a prime target for her attentions. She’s the closest she’s been in years to getting what she wants . . . so why can’t she let the idea of her and Ethan go?

As the royal wedding of the century creeps ever closer, will these four young women get what they want – or will their hearts be broken forever?

My Review:

I received a finished copy of Majesty from Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

I really love the alternate reality idea of what if George Washington had of been King of America rather than President and what if his ancestors reigned? I definitely hadn’t read anything similar to this premise before and being low-key obsessed with Royals (namely British throughout history, but still!) and being one who always enjoys a Royal family or reigning Queen, a fiesty Princess and a brooding Prince throughout any book, I couldn’t wait to read Majesty practically as soon as I finished American Royals! Now, having finished Majesty, I already am finding myself missing the characters and this fun world and would happily read an infinite number of novels featuring these characters!

Majesty was every bit as wonderfully fun, dramatic, exciting and completely royal as its predecessor! I absolutely loved Samantha and Beatrice (the Spare and the Heir, respectively), but now in Majesty, Beatrice is America’s first Queen after the tragic death of her, Sam and Jeff’s Father and Samantha is now Heir Apparent! There was just so, so much I loved about Majesty, but reading about Beatrice stepping into the role of Queen as a yet to be married young woman was definitely nothing short of a lot of fun to read about! See, she’s still engaged to one Teddy Eaton, who Sam was quite taken with in American Royals!

I absolutely loved how Teddy and Beatrice developed as a couple throughout Majesty and I found their scenes so much fun to read! Teddy’s such a sweetheart, really and I love how supportive he was to Beatrice throughout, just reading their scenes together was completely lovely reading about them develop from a betrothed couple set up for the good of the Crown (and to aid Teddy’s family from financial ruin), to see them flourish into a couple that completely were starting to naturally fall for one another, too.

Reading about Beatrice transitioning from Heir to Queen of America was nothing short of great fun, too. I love how fiercely determined she is to be Queen, equally wanting to lead her people into the 21st Century, never before has America had a Queen rule, an unmarried one to boot! It was fun reading about the public getting excited for Beatrice and Teddy’s upcoming nuptials, definitely reminded me of Royal Wedding Fever when Kate Middleton and Prince William were married, then of course Harry and Meghan!

Majesty, just like its predecessor, is told from not only Beatrice and Samantha’s POVs, but also Sam’s bestie Nina (who in American Royals found herself in a complete whirlwind romance with Prince Jeff, only to then be on the receiving end of some horrible gossip (not to mention the recipient of some toxic treatment from the Queen of Schemes, Daphne Deighton!).

I absolutely loved Nina’s scenes and narrations throughout Majesty too, I definitely had my hopes for a reunion between her and Jeff truthfully but I found the surprising path that Nina went along to be all the more enjoyable! There was still more than a healthy proportion of angst any time Jeff came into the picture, but Nina’s growth throughout this potential final installment of American Royals was completely a joy, especially seeing her stand up to Daphne, who I found my love/hate relationship with to be completely reignited!

Daphne, Daphne, Daphne. Oh, where do I start? Let’s just say that at the end of Majesty, she’s exactly where she’s always poised herself to be, from her constant pushing from her middle class titled Mother, forever pushing Daphne towards Jeff, ridiculing Daphne when Jeff has been seen with Nina or frankly anyone who’s not Daphne. I expected to feel more pity for Daphne really, especially after she pours her scheming self out to someone, only to get her manipulation thrown back in her face, which was completely satisfying and really just shows what do you have left when you finally get what you want but gave to sacrifice quite a lot to get there!

I say sacrifice, it really should be scheme! It’s really Jeff that I feel pity for, because I’m wondering if Daphne even loves him a tiny bit? Though I don’t think she does, so I’m really hoping that he learns how rotten she is because he’s currently so blinded by her and it’s low-key infuriating and yet amusing at the and time!

If she wasn’t such a spiteful, jealous and white frankly wicked human being, I’d find myself admiring her sheer determination to not stop until she’s got herself where she’s always dreamt, though I definitely found myself questioning Daphne’s scheming ways from time to time throughout Majesty and frankly I found myself thinking that Daphne questioned her pitiful yet sheer steely wags too and honestly thought she was going to throw in the towel too, but alas, if you’re familiar with these books you’ll know Daphne Deighton is most definitely not one who does things by halves, that’s for sure!

I really enjoyed Sam’s whirlwind with Marshall, heir to a Dukedom and in posession of every bit the flair for partying that Sam herself has! Their scenes were completely fun to read and the way they came together was completely fitting given their effervescent and dramatic ways!

Another highlight of many throughout this book were Nina and Jeff’s best friend, (though there were a couple of moments where I found myself cringing waiting for the reveal as to how they came to be, per se!), but it’s kind of amusing how they came to be an item, as it were! I also appreciated Sam and Nina’s friendship being so wonderfully wholesome and found myself feeling many a feel when Beatrice and Sam were able to reconcile as Sisters, as that was something I’d looked forward to!

If you’re looking for further encouraging to pick up this frankly majestic duology, then I’ll close by saying that even though I’m crossing my fingers and toes for a third installment, I’m actually almost content with it being open for readers imagination and interpretation for what might happen next for Beatrice, Samantha, Nina and Daphne! I’ve low-key started imagining and let me tell you, it’s great fun!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

Let’s talk! Have you read American Royals? Will you be reading Majesty?

2 comments

  1. Okay so first of all , I love your article ! I just wanna say that I’m a little bit disappointed about the relationship of Nina and Jeff.
    I would have preferred that they ended up together 😦 But I really love American Royals it was a super adventure ^^.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.