Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee
American Royals asks the question, what would American be like if George Washington had become King instead of President? Over two hundred years later, the Washington's are still on the throne with a Princess next in line for the crown. Princess Beatrice has been prepped her entire life for this position, but as she gets closer to becoming America's first Queen Regent, she's not so sure she can go forward with the duties expected of her. Then there's her sister Princess Samantha, the spare, as she calls herself, and her twin brother Jefferson. No one pays too much attention to Samantha unless she's breaking the rules. Her brother on the other hand is closely watched by the ladies of America, with two of them vying for his heart and perhaps his titles. America wants Jefferson on the throne instead of a woman. Can Beatrice find the strength she needs to rise above it all and rule America? Does she want to? I'll start by saying I knew what I was getting into when I picked up a Young Adult novel, of course drama will follow when it's a story centered around kids in their late teens and early twenties. I can't help it though, I LOVE Young Adult Fiction! The book centers around several characters, Princess Beatrice, Princess Samantha, Prince Jefferson, Nina (Sam's best friend), and Daphne (Jefferson's ex girlfriend). Each chapter is from one of their perspectives. When I started reading Royals I had a really hard time imagining America even having royals. It's so outside our thinking as Americans. Why would we fight a monarchy just to become one? At the same time, it's that concept that made me want to pick up the book. It took a few chapters but I became hooked. I think it's the writing that got me. I like Katharine McGee's style of writing and I like how she wrote her characters. I have nothing but love for the Princesses and the Prince. None of them were written like I would expect a British royal to sound. They sounded very American even though they were American royals; if that can be believed. The main characters are also so intertwined it's like a soap opera except you're routing for all of them to end up with the one they love. Except maybe Daphne, I haven't decided about her yet. I really liked this book. It was an easy read and would be a fun book to take to the beach or sit poolside and read. Could I have predicted the amount of drama and conflict in this book? Yes. It's easy to see where it is going once you've read a few chapters. But that doesn't mean I don't want to know how it ends. McGee has a second book coming out this fall called Majesty, and I can't wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.