Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

Goodreads // 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.
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. 


American Royals has an interesting concept: What if at the end of the American Revolution George Washington hadn’t become the first American president but the first king? This is the story of those royal children.

But frankly, I think the plot failed a bit. It didn’t feel like there was really a direction, it was just character drama. Plus, there were so many things that happened that were so predictable from the beginning, from the romantic pairings to the big reveals in the end. This was a really disappointing aspect. 

The characters and all the drama in general reminded me both of Crazy Rich Asians and Red, White and Royal Blue in both a good and bad way. The events, dresses and atitudes reminded me of CRA and the parents attitudes and behavior were the complete opposite of RWRB and both of these being contemporary focused on the children of American rulers I couldn’t help but compare it (and love RWRB all the more).

Beatrice is the crown princess and she’s always felt alone in the world and suffocated by the etiquette and expectations of others, trapped by her lack of choices in all matters. Samantha on the other hand has grown up thinking she was just the ‘spare’ princess, the one nobody cares about or has any real expectations of her, that she’s free to do as she likes because she’ll always be the disappointment of the family.

Nina’s a commoner, Sam’s best friend and she’s always had a foot in the world of royalty and in the regular world but remained invisible to the aristocrats and the media free to live a normal life – until now.  Daphne’s the extremely determined go-getter, low-level aristocrat who’s obsessed with Prince Jeff and becoming his wife and gaining power. She’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants. 

My favorites were Nina and Beatrice, though Daphne was the most unpredictable and interesting character to read. Sam was a bit insufferable; I just felt that she was so negative about everything and couldn’t even see her priviedge and opportunities until some man pointed it out to her. Though in the end I was disappointed in Nina. I though she was stronger than that, I can’t believe she let herself be convinced that it wouldn’t work out between them so easily.

One thing I did like was the constant critique to the real US political system and against the inequality between men and women even in this world (which I expected to have a bigger role in the book considering Beatrice was going to be the first queen of America but maybe in the sequel). 

Overall, I enjoyed the story while I was actually reading it but I didn’t like it that much, it was disappointing. It was merely fun in the moment. But I am interested in reading the sequel after that ending (hopefully my netgalley request gets accepted!)

3 thoughts on “Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

  1. I found Daphne the most interesting, just because of all the drama she created 😀 I think I saw on GR that you were reading book 2 now. How are you feeling about it?
    My request was also approved this week, but I need to finish Home Before Dark by Riley Sager first. (which I hope to do tomorrow).

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