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12 August 2019

Book Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee *AD Gifted

Penguin Random House UK Children’s sent me a free electronic review copy of American Royals by Katharine McGee via NetGalley.

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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. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded--and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

Source: NetGalley

5 Words: Family, royalty, fame, responsibility, friendship.

American Royals is a really fun read, and honestly perfect for summer. I have read some of Katharine McGee's books before (check out my review of The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee) so I knew what to expect. Or so I thought. 

I loved the extravagance and vividness of the alternate reality. This book is pure enjoyment, and I loved how readily I could suspend disbelief and lose myself in it. It all felt so real and I loved it. It did feel more New Adult than Young Adult, but I this is more down to the age of the characters than the content as a lot of the drama is quite juvenile.

There are a range of narrators for the story, and I felt that they all had pretty distinct voices. I did find myself a little confused now and then, but ultimately I really enjoyed being in the different character's heads and seeing their points of view. I think my favourite was Samantha, even if she did have a lot of problems and I ultimately didn't even like her that much.

American Royals is somewhat predictable, but that does not detract from the enjoyment. It's like watching an episode of Gossip Girl, seeing all of these privileged people racing towards a trainwreck of privileged drama one privileged mistake at a time. I feel like the wider story with the next book (it's a series I think?) will be just as predictable, but equally fun to read.

This is definitely my favourite of the author's books, and I will absolutely read on if there are further American Royals books - and after That Ending I certainly need more.


  1. I knew the author sounded familiar too me! I have to admit I am very intrigued by the concept so I think I will have to get it from the library once it's out. Great review Cora!

  2. I have heard of that book and had heard good reviews! Sounds like a very fun story for summer!

  3. I love anything Royals related - I find the whole thing fascinating but I've never read a fiction book based on that. So I think I'd love this!


    1. I am fascinated by power dynamics and I loved how power and privilege was explored. I think you'd enjoy it!

  4. I've not heard of this book before but it sounds really great and super interesting, I'm a sucker for royals x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  5. This sounds like the kind of fun read that I'd enjoy floating in the pool or kicking back in the hammock. I'll definitely have to check it out - thanks for sharing!

  6. Great review,I think I actually really enjoy predictable books sometimes, this sounds like a great read!

  7. This definitely sounds like an interesting read and I've seen a lot about this book on social media so I may have to give it a go some time :)

  8. Oh I do like a predictable romancey book! Great review x

  9. Great review! I will definitely be picking this one up!

  10. Lovely review! I'm not really for romance books but it's nice to see you liked it!

  11. Great review! I'm really interested in this one and I'm glad to hear more good things!

  12. dont think this one is for me, but your review was great, could really see your enjoyment!!

  13. After reading the premise of this book, I am so intrigued. I am definitely adding this to my TBR.


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