ARC Review: American Royals, written by Katharine McGee

ARC Review: American Royals, written by Katharine McGee
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American Royals by Katharine McGee

Publication date: September 5th, 2019 
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 448
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Romance, glamour, secrets and scheming . . . 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 toomuch 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 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 Leon, 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. They’ll either be crowned in glory – or end up as shockingly royal disasters. 

– My Thoughts –

American Royals tells us the story of the American Royals: The Washingtons, better known as “The Most Scandalous Royal Family Ever”. It is set in an alternate version of America where the Revolutionary War ended up with George Washington becoming the king -not President- of America. The main characters are descendants of George Washington and are currently in line to the throne of America.

I love retellings and this is, I suppose, a retelling of sorts but it somehow seemed insensitive to me. I don’t know why but there is no mention of slavery or illegal theft of land from Native Americans anywhere in the text. Even when Beatrice, the Princess and next in line to the throne, is told about the history of her ancestors and America..these facts are completely erased and ..yes, I know, this is fiction but history should be changed for the better only, don’t you think? 

Back to the story…

There are four POVs to comb through and they are of Beatrice’s(The Heir), Beatrice’s sister Samantha(The Rebel), Nina(a commoner) and Prince Jefferson’s ex-girlfriend Daphne(Our Schemer). It could easily have been a chaotic mess but the author’s writing is easy to follow through and engaging. 

American Royals could easily have been Beatrice’s novel because her character arc seemed to be more developed than the others. She’s been groomed to be the future queen of America since she was a child; her every step was carefully monitored and it now seems that her love life will be too. As the future queen, Beatrice couldn’t really have a love life but her parents now want her to meet some potential suitors who’ll eventually become the future King Consort of America. Despite my reluctances, I did sympathize with her inability to assert any control over her own life. I don’t know how I feel about Samantha’s character since I’m an only child and I felt that her parents doted more on her sister Beatrice which made her feel left out. Jeff, their brother, and Samantha’s twin was such a nondescript character that I wondered WHY were two girls fighting over him… Nina’s is the third POV we get and she’s a commoner whose mother works for the Royal household. I would have loved to know more about her since she was the only main poc in the story but all I know are her close friendship with the twins and a huge crush on Jeff. Finally, we arrive on Daphne’s POV and the girl has got some major issues probably due to her upbringing. She’s a noble and since their break-up, she will do anything to get back together with Jeff.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you love Gossip Girls or that Royals show. If you love a book full of drama, backstabbing and a YA standalone that has a major plot twist right before a cliffhanger ending. My feelings about this book are pretty ambivalent..I would not outright recommend this book to a friend.

Thanks to the publisher for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

– About the Author 

Katharine McGee

Katharine McGee is originally from Houston, Texas. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. It was during her years in New York, working as an editor by day and writing by night, that she began a manuscript about life in a futuristic skyscraper. The Thousandth Floor is her first novel.

For more about the author, visit her website and her Goodreads page, or follow her on Twitter.

Thank you for reading! Have you read American Royals? If not, do you want to? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

Author: Book Rambler

Hi! I'm Shalini. I am an avid reader, daydreamer, future scientist. In order to ramble about books with you, I created this blog. You can find me here and on any of my social media channels.

20 thoughts on “ARC Review: American Royals, written by Katharine McGee”

      1. Hmmm interesting idea… I rely so heavily on Goodreads, so I’m not ready to let go of the ratings yet… But it surely must feel a bit freeing for you 😊😊😊

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  1. This sounds interesting – not the sort of content I’m usually interested in, however I do really like books that retell true stories or put a sort of spin on something. Interesting to read your thoughts, and great review!

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  2. I think you’re the only person who said that they totally erased the slavery and other terrible American history in this novel. I almost didn’t even think to ask about that, and I feel really ashamed that I almost forgot. It’s interesting that there’s no mention of slavery or anything. Do you think that it was because somehow Washington supposedly fixed this when he became King, or was it just completely brushed aside?

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    1. My friend Sahi has mentioned it in her GR review and one other reviewer too! I doubt Washington fixed wasn’t hinted at..the whole topic was like completely erased and I was baffled.


  3. I’m currently reading it and I’m a bit disappointed. It’s so focused on romance and nothing else that is misses important things like parts of history as you said or details a bit off (especially if you read “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, their security was far more important than a royal family, how strange). I just find it too girly and not realistic at all. For +18 years old characters, they seems like 15 and not much. Or maybe I’m a bit too “old” for stories like that …

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  4. I actually really enjoyed this one! I’m not American so the erasure of history didn’t bother me at all. I can see where you’re coming from though!
    The one thing I struggled with is how I didn’t feel.. the sparks of certain relationships? Things sometimes felt like they progressed without adding the feeling to it or something. But I did enjoy reading the book. Can’t wait for the sequel to be honest. 😀

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