Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

Challenge prompt: The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed.


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.

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What I liked:

I saw this book advertised as Gossip Girl meets The Crown. I enjoy both of those so I had a feeling I would love this. I was so completely right. It’s the kind of book where as soon as I heard about it, I needed it.

I loved Beatrice so much. I really connected with her as the eldest child – not so much as the heir to a throne part.

The world building in this book is fantastic. A lot of information is given on how America became a monarchy, and insights given into how much different events throughout American history have changed.

What I didn’t like:

There are some flashbacks in this book that aren’t always very clearly laid out, which did confuse me a little.

Out of five:

Five. I utterly adored this book, and I cannot wait for the sequel to come out later in 2020.

4 thoughts on “Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

  1. I really enjoyed this book- until the end, because I didn’t realize that there was going to be a sequel 😂🤦‍♀️. Once I realized that, I could safely say that I loved the story! 🙃

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