American Royals by Katherine McGee – eARC Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

Meet the Washingtons – the most scandalous royal family ever!

HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She’s the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties.

It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She’s demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first – no matter what her heart might really want.

But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the court’s favour – and his bed.

If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary.

Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. There’s everything to play for – but there can only be one queen.

My Review

American Royals is a fun and frothy novel as one would expect from the blurb. It reimagines history so that George Washington became the first king of America…the background detail of expanding upon this alternative history is a little lacking though. I would have liked a few more nuggets of info about the how and the why America came to be ruled by a monarchy. 

The story is told from a number of different viewpoints which was enjoyable but it also meant that it was quite hard to ever truly engage with one particular character and their storyline as the book kept flip-flopping from PoV to PoV too frequently for my personal taste.
I probably enjoyed Beatrice’s story the most as it was interesting to see how her life was dictated by her (mis)fortune of birth as she is heir to the throne and is due to be the first ever ruling queen.
Samantha’s story frustrated me the most. I felt she was quite a cliched character with the stereotypical chip on her shoulder at being the forgotten Royal sibling. 
Nina’s story was quite engaging as it was interesting to have the “commoner’s” take on the royals.
And I did enjoy Daphne’s story as the villain of the piece as she was just fabulously over the top with her schemes and vendettas. 

What was disappointing however, is how every story is dictated by paint-by-numbers romantic plot lines. It’s easy to see where ultimately this story will finish up with every character happily paired off no matter how illogical their romantic plot line is/will be. I’m also not a fan of the ending. Because this book felt like quite a long read and ultimately the story went no where except to a cliffhanger-style ending and therefore is reliant on its sequel to finish out the tale. 

Overall this was a fun read but I do wish this was a standalone rather than a first in a series.

*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Penguin Random House UK Children’s, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  • American Royals publishes in the UK on September 5th 2019
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18 thoughts on “American Royals by Katherine McGee – eARC Book Review

      1. I don’t really mind cliffhanger endings, but it helps to have the sequel right after. Some books should really just be stand alones. I felt like The Selection series was made into 3 books when it should have been 1

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                    1. I’m on the blog tour so I’m trying to finish it… but apparently I’d rather be on social media and responding to every blog comment and commenting on tons of blog posts. It’s gotten better as time has gone on, but it is SLOW and SO easy to set down

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                    2. Oh that’s the worst. I always finish out my arcs even if I’m not enjoying them just so I can give what I feel is a more accurate review. So that does suck that you have to read it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for this review when it comes!

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                    3. It’s just so… wordy. Like for no reason. And the plot seemed to be going nowhere for the first third of the book. It’s written in third person and the POV has switched between 5 different characters at one point, now it’s down to 3. I was forgetting what was going on with one character by the time I got back to their storyline. It’s just so easy to set down. While I am enjoying the world building, it could be so much better. I’m a little more than halfway through and I’m just hoping that it starts moving faster soon.

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                    4. Oh I’m not a fan of books with that many PsOV because the author really needs to be clear and focused with how they craft each individual character. And too often with multiple viewpoints the characters blur into each other. I wish you luck with it!

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