Title: American Royals ( #1 )
Author: Katharine McGee
Publishing: September 3rd 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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.
Imagine that if in 1789 when George Washington was elected President, he had been crowned King instead, and the America we know today as a Democracy was a Monarchy instead. That is the America you will read about in Katherine McGee’s American Royals.
I adored this book, I went into not really having heard much about it, but the child in me loves stories about Princesses and Kings and Queens.
The story follows the Washingtons, America’s royal family. Beatrice who is the heir to the throne and will be the first Queen of America due to recent succession changes. The “ spare “ her sister Samantha, and her younger by a few minutes twin brother Jefferson. Also thrown into the mix is Nina, Samantha’s best friend who is a commoner, and also Prince Jefferson’s love interest and the mean girl social-climbing ex-girlfriend of Jefferson Daphne who will stop at nothing to get Jefferson back so she can be a Princess.
The story is a quick read and it is entertaining with lots of romance and plenty of drama and love triangles to keep you invested in the 400 plus pages. It does have some triggering storylines so if you are sensitive to things like death etc, keep that in mind.
All in all, you need to remember that American Royal is suppose to be fun, and suppose to be set in an AU. If you read it take it for what it is, a fun FICTION story. It has all the gossip girl, reality show fluff without much depth that is great to pass a few lazy afternoons with. I loved it, it was exactly what I expected it to be and wanted it to be and I look forward to picking up the sequel as soon as I get my mile-high TBR list down a bit!