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ARC Book Review: ‘American Royals’ by Katherine McGee

Title: American Royals

Author: Katherine McGee

Length: 440

Publisher: Penguin Random House


I mean, I think is one of the most hotly anticipated YA books of the second half of the year. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was excited to read it.

The Washington’s have ruled America for almost 250 years. They’re gorgeous, fiercely famous and the beating heart of the most court in the world. But behind the glittering ballrooms, elegant gowns and perfect public personas lie forbidden romances and scandalous secrets that could cost them the throne.

THE HEIR is Princess Beatrice, who knows duty before the crown comes before all else. Right?

THE SAPRE is Princess Samantha, whose only duty is to party hard.

THE SCHEMER is Daphne Deighton, who’ll do anything to get back in Royal favour.

THE NOBDOY is Nina Gonzalez, who’s unwittingly about to steal the spotlight

Welcome to the world of the American Royals

‘They were living fragments of history. Each time she put one on, Sam felt the ghosts of her ancestors whispering to her across the fabric of centuries.’

I enjoyed this book. I really did. Could have it been better? Yes, but it was still an entertaining read. While it felt young, and I loved the concept of Royals in America, parts of the book just felt a tad stale, but by no means boring.

Right, I’m going to get the negatives out of the way first. The cliches, there’s so many of them. The book is basically one big cliche. Don’t get me wrong, there the cliches we all love. Girl in love with sisters boyfriend, princess wants to give up crown for love, ex girlfriend scheming to get back with boyfriend and girl can’t handle the fame of being in love with the prince. See, you’ve read all them before right?

With all these cliches, it didn’t take me very long to get into this book at all. I knew what train I was about to take and was excited for the journey. It was juicy, soapy and everything I expected this young adult book to be.

Told from the perspective of four different characters, Beatrice, Nina, Samantha and Daphne it kept the story flowing nicely. Each of their storylines were entertaining, although some more than others. I don’t know if the I found some of the characters annoy at times because of their personalities, or because their story was marred with cliches. It’s difficult to tell. My favourite character by far was Beatrice, her story just felt more real. It was the one with the most depth to it.

But seriously guys, don’t mistake me, by the end of this novel I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was so into it. I loved how it ended, it was so sad, yet poignant. It conjured up some great imagery in my mind. It was really well written. The ending only left me wanting more, so I was glad to see a second due out next year. But a little angry I’ve got to wait a whole year. It’s a book I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. I WANT MORE AMERICAN ROYALS.

So, like I said this book could have been better. It could’ve felt a bit fresher without the cliches, but overall I think the good outweighs the bad on this. I was hooked.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for a honest, unbiased review. It’s out September 5th.

Until the next review


3 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: ‘American Royals’ by Katherine McGee”

  1. I’m so excited to read this because I’m curious how the alternate world is, how the author transformed our society and all that good stuff


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