Book Reviews

Book Review: American Royals

Although I read American Royals by Katharine McGee long before this blog existed, I figured it would be apt to ~officially~ review it with the second novel, Majesty, out TODAY! I pre-ordered a copy and cannot wait for it to get here!


Imagine a world where George Washington became King instead of President and set forth a governance of his own lineage rather than election. Princess Beatrice, descendant of George Washington, is preparing to step into her role as Queen. She and her twin siblings, Samantha and Jefferson, have spent their entire lives as American royals. As Beatrice prepares for the throne, something that has always seemed natural to her suddenly feels difficult. Her sister Samantha, wild as ever, finds herself finally caring about someone who is off-limits. And her brother Jefferson is torn between a girl he loves and the drama that comes with his good looks and title.

Why I picked this book:

I don’t remember exactly how I came across this book, but I think it may have been listed under the immediately available section of Libby!

Honest Review:

Because of the highly anticipated release of the second book, I won’t be posting any spoilers in this review. Which, trust me, made writing the summary and this review super tough!

I thought American Royals was fantastic. I’ve always loved THE Royal Family, so the idea of an American Royal family was just too fun. There is something so charming about this romcom book that I haven’t found in many others. I think my prior aversion to multi-character perspectives that change in each chapter was officially cured by this book. I did not find it difficult at all to follow along. Truthfully, I enjoyed reading from each perspective because of all the details we get.

Everything about Beatrice is SO relatable. I mean, aside from the fact that I’m not 21 and my parents aren’t forcing me to find a husband. She’s clearly a perfectionist through and through, and my heart just wants her to find happiness. I remember being 21 and falling in love and UGH my heart just aches for Bea. And can we talk about the way the book ends and mutually agree that tears were involved? Ok, good.

I love the way Sam was written and the character development that she gets. I really hope to see more of that in the sequel! Here’s hoping for more Jeff+Nina and way less Daphne. Although, every story needs a villain, so I guess she can stick around to keep things interesting.

The Bookish Bronde Rating:

I loved this book so much and could NOT recommend it more, especially if you’re looking for something cute, romcom-y, and fun.