Title: American Royals
Author: Katherine McGee
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: “What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.
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. And their country was born of rebellion.
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)
My expectations for this book were a lot different than what I actually read. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in a good way and I ended up not enjoying it as much as I thought I was going to.
The plot is quite unique and one that hasn’t been done before, as far as I know. Its one reason why I was intrigued by it. The book was more plot driven in my opinion and the characters seemed to lack because of this. The plot twists were obvious and didn’t make me feel anything for the characters that were involved. I thought that there would be some type of political talk or something of that matter but the plot is really all about the drama.
There are four point-of-views that this book follows: Beatrice, Samantha, Nina, and Daphne. There was nothing that really set them apart and I didn’t find myself enjoying reading about them. There wasn’t any character development and sometimes I can overlook this but since the plot didn’t keep me interested it was just hard to get through it.
Overall, I liked the idea for this book and the creativity of it but to me it was just lacking in certain areas. I am sure that others will enjoy it more than me so definitely check it out if it piques your interest!