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American Royals 4 starsWhat if America had a royal family This book was a drama fest and I couldn t get enough of it It s one of those stories you don t want to put down because it s so entertaining American Royals takes place in a world where America has a royal family instead of a democracy The Washingtons have been in power since the start and this is their family s story This follows a few characters, the first being Beatrice who is next in line for the crown The next is her sister, Samantha, and her brother Jefferson It also follows Sam s best friend and Jeff s love interest, Nina, who is a commoner As well as Daphne who s Jeff s ex that is trying everything in her power to get him back I know it sounds like a lot, but it really was easy to follow Even listening to the audiobook, I never was lost or confused There was, however, a lot going on My favorite storyline was Beatrices Mostly because she has a romance going on with her bodyguard and that troupe is one of my favorites Not all of these characters are likable In fact, most of them aren t in a lot of ways But I was still completely invested in what was happening and what direction things were going in The way this ended has me asking a lot of questions and dying for the next one to come out I can t wait to see what happens with these characters now Totally a guilty pleasure read but I loved it this story reminded me exactly of KMs other series,the thousandth floorwhich is to say, i had fun reading this this isnt as drama filled, but the heavy cast of characters and how their lives intertwine and mix with each other is very on brand for KM i know some people may complain about the length, especially because there essentially isnt a plot, but i didnt mind it i had fun and enjoyed reading about each of the characters and their relationships with each other like i said, there really isnt much going on other than character interactions and some slight world building, but i think a pretty decent foundation is laid for what i hope to be an entertaining series 3.5 stars What If America Had A Royal Family 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 ThroneAs Princess Beatrice Gets Closer To Becoming America S First Queen Regnant, The Duty She Has Embraced Her Entire Life Suddenly Feels StiflingNobody 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 HerAnd 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 Well This didn t go very well.I love a fun, fluffy, romance y read I love royalty tropes I love Ragtag Groups Of Quirky Teenage Friends I even lovesome drama And when I picked this up, I thought I would either get that or a big heaping cereal bowl of disappointment.Maybe my expectations have been irrevocably made too high by Red, White Royal Blue, butboy oh boy did I get the latter.It also could have been my fault for not realizing this was the first in a series I was likeWHERE is the PACING WHY is this so SLOW WHEN is ANYTHING going to HAPPEN.The plot didn t even really start until the halfway point, and plot is a strong word So is start, for that matter.Which, I mean Kinda makes sense, because the story is being stretched out over multiple books But not really.I can t pretend to know what will happen in the next book s , but I want to say AT LEAST the events of the second one should have been included in this.For my own sanity and well being.Because legitimately nothing happened until the book was almost over.And now my brain is broken.This was not helped by the fact that there is not one, not two, not even three but FOUR PERSPECTIVES.FOUR OF THEM.Which is bad even if you re invested in a character or two, or all of them if you can even imagine , but is a neverending hellish cycle of suffering if you dislike them all.And boy oh boy did I dislike them all.Folksthese are some horrible people.They are SO AWFUL To each other They don t care about anyone else, only their own ambitions They act without thinking of others and they hurt each other accidentally or on purpose and the whole entire book is just mean careless people making other mean careless people feel like sh t.And that s not even the worst part.Even terrible This was not like other girls y and girl hate y as hell.And I don t care about any of the 3 4 ships, and I hope all of them perish I know that sounds mean but remember they re fictional and therefore it s fine Bottom line ACK This is such an unpopular opinion it was the second option.review to come 1.5 stars this book seems RIDICULOUS.which is why i m either going to enjoy every second of it or hate it with my life. From now on, you are two people at once Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown When they want different things, the Crown must win Always Katharine McGee s American Royals is an entertaining, soapy romp built on a terrific concept when the Revolutionary War ended, the American people offered George Washington a crown, and he accepted The House of Washington has remained on the throne for than two and a half centuries, and America is as obsessed with stories about the royal family as other countries with monarchies are.Princess Beatrice is next in line for the throne Thanks to an edict from her grandfather, the crown will now pass to the oldest child regardless of gender Beatrice will become the country s first queen regnant, a role she has been preparing for her entire life But while she s always been the dutiful daughter, doing whatever has been expected of her, whatever her parents have asked her to do, the closer she comes to the moment she ll rule, the she wonders whether the sacrifices she has had to make were truly worth it.When her parents tell her it s time she choose a suitable husband read a member of the nobility she prepares to be the dutiful daughter as always But then she realizes her heart wants to go in a different direction, and then she can think of nothing else Is her choice either to ignore her heart and find someone she someday might fall in love with, or follow her heart and disobey her parents and risk losing the throne The choice she must make impacts than just her, and she knows she s bound to hurt someone in the process.Her younger twin siblings, Jefferson and Samantha, have it a little easier, since they re considered the spares with Beatrice as heir to the throne Both struggle with their identities what are they expected to do if they won t rule the country Why does it really matter what they do Even than that, however, both siblings have their own romantic struggles Samantha, who has always been the carefree, impulsive one, is in love with the one man she cannot have, and Jeff, despite the intense attention from a beautiful and suitable young woman who is determined to land him, is in love with a young woman who wants nothing to do with the scrutiny that would be aimed at someone dating a prince, no matter how much she loves him back.I was hooked on American Royals from the first few pages McGee has created a compelling, fascinating story that reminds me of all the reasons people are so fascinated by stories about William and Kate, Harry and Megan, and Charles and Camilla Nothing particularly surprising happens in the book but it s just so well told, with healthy doses of melodrama, that I couldn t put it down.There is one character in the book I absolutely loathed, and of course, you were supposed to feel that way, but I honestly began skimming the sections where she appeared after a while But other than that, I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that the ending didn t quite feel complete, since it was merely setting up McGee s next book, which is due out in the fall of 2020.If you find yourself unable to turn away when the news media covers the latest news about what Princess Kate is wearing, or a trip that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are taking, if you woke up super early to watch one of the royal weddings, American Royals is definitely for you Can t wait for the next book See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at You know when you read a book and feel like it is directly meant to be on Netflix as a romcom this So it was fun I hoped it would be a bit like a YA version of Red White Royal Blue, but it wasn t that s on me for expectations, not on the book It s very much about the pressures of a life under the scrutiny of the public eye Tbh I thought it d be MORE stressful with scandals and paparazzi and clean up and all that But I really liked how each character responded to their lot in live And it has some serious thoughts on expectations, what it means to be strong for women, sexism against girls in media, and power struggles.There are 4 POVs Beatrice future queen , Samantha younger sister, princess, the spare , Daphne social climber, ruthless , Nina unassuming bff of Sam but also in love with the prince but too low in status Look they were all interesting, but I only liked Sam, oops I wish it had had less POVs and gone deeper into fleshing out the romances 400 pages for 4 romances is only 100 pages each, which didn t feel enough to go deep Overall, fun and fluffy, but with meaningful moments And I definitely enjoyed the fact it s America but with a monarchy. American Royals is a fun and frothy novel as one would expect from the blurb It reimagines history so that George Washington became the first king of Americathe background detail of expanding upon this alternative history is a little lacking though I would have liked a few nuggets of info about the how and the why America came to be ruled by a monarchy The story is told from a number of different viewpoints which was enjoyable but it also meant that it was quite hard to ever truly engage with one particular character and their storyline as the book kept flip flopping from PoV to PoV too frequently for my personal taste.I probably enjoyed Beatrice s story the most as it was interesting to see how her life was dictated by her mis fortune of birth as she is heir to the throne and is due to be the first ever ruling queen.Samantha s story frustrated me the most I felt she was quite a cliched character with the stereotypical chip on her shoulder at being the forgotten Royal sibling Nina s story was quite engaging as it was interesting to have the commoner s take on the royals.And I did enjoy Daphne s story as the villain of the piece as she was just fabulously over the top with her schemes and vendettas What was disappointing however, is how every story is dictated by paint by numbers romantic plot lines It s easy to see where ultimately this story will finish up with every character happily paired off no matter how illogical their romantic plot line is will be I m also not a fan of the ending Because this book felt like quite a long read and ultimately the story went no where except to a cliffhanger style ending and therefore is reliant on its sequel to finish out the tale Overall this was a fun read but I do wish this was a standalone rather than a first in a series.3.5 stars An e copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Penguin Random House UK Children s, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewFor reviews and book related chat check out my blog Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestSomebody was comparing AMERICAN ROYALS to CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and I think to do so is really unfair because CRAZY RICH ASIANS tapped into a lot of dialogues about race, class, and culture that AMERICAN ROYALS doesn t really do Oh, it tries, but if anything it s just a thought experiment designed to write yet another frothy story about princesses And if that s your cup of Earl grey tea, power to you, but I think it s dangerous and disappointing to build AMERICAN ROYALS to be anything other than what it is mindless fluff.AMERICAN ROYALS takes place in an alternate universe where Washington did agree to be America s new King, leading to a lineage of nouveaux royales called the Washingtons There isn t really a plot it s entirely character driven, and most of that character development revolves around drama, drama, drama Dating, marriage, secret relationships, catty mean girls, and revenge, oh my This has angst and big misunderstandings than your favorite K drama And just like a K drama, the interactions between the characters make up all the story line.I m including a brief summary of character bios that contain very light spoilers royal common rich and upper class but not part of the royal family Beatrice is the heir to the crown Everything is riding on her to be the perfect American princess In the eyes of her family, it seems like she can do no wrong All that s left for her to do is marry well and make her parents proud but the true love of her life isn t someone her parents would approve of Samantha is the spare and the prodigal wild child She s spent her whole life in her big sister s shadow and always feels like she can do nothing right She s in love with a handsome young noble named Teddy, but to her horror and heartbreak, Teddy is one of the suitors in her sister s lineup Jeff erson is Samantha s twin brother, and Beatrice s younger brother He also has a wild streak, but because he s a boy, he gets away with a lot of the things Samantha does not, and everyone just says he s sowing his wild oats Many girls hope to snag him and have him make them a princess, but he s not too socially keen and has two girls fighting over him a gold digger and a childhood friend Teddy is one of the noble lords Beatrice might marry It seems like he s Beatrice s top choice, but he s actually in love with Samantha It s not clear how far he d go for power, even at the cost of love Daphne is Jefferson s ex girlfriend and a self made noble She s spent her whole life molding herself into princess material and is determined to snag her ex back at any cost But she has some very dark and sinister secrets under her designer belt that could wreck everything she s strived for Ethan is Daphne s friend and accomplice, and would like to be so much He knows all of her secrets and has the power to ruin her, but he d rather she date him instead Connor is Beatrice s bodyguard The two of them are attracted to each other, but they can never be or can they I Will Always Love You intensifies in the background Nina is the daughter of the royal cabinet minister and childhood friend to Samantha and Jeff She is also in love with Jeff, but he s a stupid mcstupidson and doesn t realize that his ex girlfriend is playing a long con to get him back Nina isn t prepared for fame or infamy in the slightest, and when her romantic ventures with Jeff break the news, she isn t prepared for it in the slightest.Now you know the backstory, and if you think those are spoilers NOPE, not really That s just everything you need in your toolkit to understand this 400 page drama fest and why these characters continually make stupid decision after stupid decision I won t lie and say it wasn t entertaining, because it was, but 400 pages made this book seem really long without much in the way of plot, and it ends on the biggest cliffhanger ever, so by the time you get to the end THERE S NO CLOSURE.I think if you re a fan of Meg Cabot, K dramas, and drama for the sake of drama, you ll probably like this book But don t go into this book expecting a heavy plot or serious topics It s pure froth, and while that might not be my cup of tea, you may find that it could quite possibly be yours.P.S All the heavy winking at wow, isn t monarchy so much better than the utter chaos that would be an American democracy got really irritating Monarchies have their own problems, hierarchically based caste systems being one of them So don t get high and mighty with me, book Just don t Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 stars Omg, I m living for the drama I NEED BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW EDIT Oct 8, 2019 This is not the most liked review for this book any, but a Good Samaritan took the time out of their day to send me this message and inform me of my account settings I read my review again after they sent this message and it literally says has commented or messaged me , rendering their message completely pointless because my point still stands as anyone is allowed to message me even if we re not friends But hey, they re the first ever person to send me a message about this review so let s all give them a round of applause for not being a pussy I love how they passive aggressively called me angry and unpleasant but did not include any rebuttals about the actual points I made in my review Why do privileged people always go on the defensive when someone brings up uncomfortable but important topics and frame other people as angry or over emotional It was never my intention for this review to be one of the most liked ones Goodreads simply has this phenomena where a negative review about a book that has mostly positive reviews is treated as a novelty, but I like to think people liked this review because they either agree with me or at least understand the point I was trying to make.As I said in my reply to them Why does not reviewing books I haven t read apply to me if I don t like the premise but don t apply to people who LIKE the premise and are excited to read it They haven t read the book either so why is no one calling THEM out and telling them it s good practice not to review books they haven t read I didn t give this a rating because I didn t want this book s average rating to be affected by my review because I AM aware that I haven t read it Also, what the fuck is the point of a synopsis and or premise if not to help me form an opinion before I read a book I was criticizing the premise of this book I never talked about the writing style or the characters or the actual plot Get a grip, holy fucking shit.You know what they say only hit dogs will holler EDIT This is now the most liked review for this book on Goodreads and I don t really know how I feel.There s still a part of me that has doubts when it comes to reviewing or in this case, complaining about books I ve never read But this review has been up for 3 and a half months now and so far, nobody who has read it or was involved in the production of this book has commented or messaged me to let me know I m wrong So this book is probably gonna be as shitty, insensitive, and history erasing as I think it s going to be Am I the only one who thinks there s something deeply fucked up about a monarchy in a country that was colonized and stolen from its native people One of the reasons why European countries, some Asian countries, and some African countries still have monarchs is because those countries were never successfully colonized They gave George Washington a fucking crownThe point of the Revolutionary War was so that there was no monarchy. How are you going to have a King and Queen of America in the 21st century while knowing that land was stolen from Native Americans What the actual fuckAnd their country was born of rebellion YOUR COUNTRY WAS BORN OF GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY Just because Alternate History is a genre doesn t give you a pass to write what seems to be racist, revisionist bullshit.Anyways people on this cursed website AND publishers who buy shitty ass books with racist premises all share one single brain cell.

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