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.
American Royals by Katharine McGee was an interesting read. When I first started it it sounded very much like the last book of The Selection because Maxon and American’s daughter was destined to be the first queen of the futuristic America and the whole dateline plotline was similar to that one too. I had to put it down because I had just finished reading that book, but a week later I was able to get into it and forget the other book.
I liked how this put it’s own spin on history. I did like the characters but I felt like every time I warmed up to one of them or felt a connection, a new chapter with a new POV happened. The character connection was there but it just felt like the brakes were tapped on each time I understood them more. I also wasn’t expecting a four character POV with all individual chapters but I got into that about halfway through finally.
There was one obvious character I didn’t like, the one that everybody doesn’t like. I wish we had gotten to know Sam and Teddy more, but I was rooting for Jefferson and Nina the most. (Slight spoiler, but it is pretty obvious.) I did like all of the pairings for once, this doesn’t usually happen. I got a direct comment on Instagram from the author saying nobody’s stories are finished, so it seems like all gloves are off for the second book. Anything seems possible for it. I totally got Chuck and Blair vibes from Ethan and Daphne.
I am a bit torn about the rating of this book. I think it is a 3.5 which is really good still. 3.5 doesn’t mean the book was terrible. 3 star ratings are still good! I think book two definitely will have potential since I thought American Royals improved within halfway throughout the book. It was good overall. I loved the cover, I thought it was gorgeous! This was a library ebook.
What do you think? Have you read this book yet?