Thursday, October 10, 2019

My Thoughts: American Royals by Katharine McGee
American Royals
(American Royals #1)
by Katharine McGee
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9781984830173
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy | Finished Copy from Publisher

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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. (Goodreads)

I had not originally planned to read American Royals by Katharine McGee, but after hearing a lot of interesting things about the book, I decided to check it out. TI thought I knew what to expect when starting this book, but it was actually not at all what I was expecting.

Imagine a world where George Washington became king after the Revolutionary War instead of president. And two and a half centuries later, his descendants are still on the throne. That is the world you will experience when you read American Royals.

Let’s start this off with the characters. There are a lot of characters in this book, and you read the story from quite a few different viewpoints. (I admittedly got confused by this more than a few times, especially when I wasn’t paying close attention between the chapters.) There are two princesses and one prince in the story, and all are children of the current king. One of the princesses is set to become the first queen ever, which I thought was interesting, and I am definitely curious to read more about this as the series goes along. My favorite from the story was Nina, who was a friend of one of the princesses, and who felt the least dramatic and most down to earth.

The storyline was definitely my most favorite part of this book, and I like that it felt very original. I can’t think of any book I have read with a storyline like this, though I am sure there are probably some out there. It was interesting to think of American with a king instead of a president, and I think the author did a good job of creating this world where that actually happened. That was all definitely interesting, and I’m curious to see where it is going to go in the next book, especially after a pretty massive cliffhanger ending.

Overall; American Royals was not at all what I was expecting, but was a pretty interesting read nonetheless. I’m curious to see what happens in the next book, which is currently untitled and without a release date, and I’m also curious to know how many books will be in the series. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for that information.

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