What I Loved:
The idea of America’s history going slightly different and a royal family of Washington’s emerging was so interesting to read about. I loved the small changes to history that are mentioned throughout the book that swing America from a democratic nation to a monarchy.
How I Felt:
American Royals is a romance story featuring the American Monarchs. That’s right, in this story, America won its independence and created a monarchy of its own! Princess Beatrice is the heir to the American throne and has been training her whole life to follow in her father’s footsteps. Her younger twin siblings, Samantha and Jefferson, have always lived a bit in her shadow. While Jefferson embraced this position, Samantha has found herself resentful, always feeling like an outsider.
I liked that this wasn’t a single-romance story, but one exploring the relationships of all three royal siblings. Beatrice has been told it’s time to find a husband, but her relationship must be carefully thought out and structured. A somewhat planned marriage begins to be arranged. Jefferson breaks off a relationship with a long-time girlfriend to chase after the love that feels right for him. And Samantha falls for someone she can’t have.
The characters were easy to like and I enjoyed reading about each of their stories. I find sometimes that I connect with some, but not all characters, so I don’t really want to switch to the new perspective, but that wasn’t the case with this book. I liked the development of each character’s relationship and wanted to know where it would lead.
The writing was well-done. The story flowed well, and I was able to just drop into the book and stay there, enjoying everything. I liked the imaginative aspects that Katharine McGee added to the story to make the royalty of America seem real, while the rest of the story felt just like our world today.
Overall, this was a wonderful story that was light and easy to read. I enjoyed the romance development of each character and the overarching storyline. I am so excited for book 2!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend American Royals to readers that enjoy a light, easy romance. This book was a definite YA read, so if you enjoy stories with teen/early adult characters, you’ll enjoy this one!
Where to Find This Book:
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What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown.
Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!
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.
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.
The duty. The intrigue. The Crown.
Just the Facts:
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 443 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: September 3, 2019