Title: American Royals
Series: American Royals #1
Author: Katharine McGee
Published in English: 2019
Dansk titel: American Royals
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2019
Finished Reading: November 2019
Genre: Young Adult & Contemporary
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 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.
I read this book despite the author Katharine McGee, whom I really don’t like for her The Thousandth Floor series. I really didn’t think any author, published or not, would be able to destroy a plot similar to The Selection by Kiera Cass, but boy was I wrong. I was hoping to be vowed and entertained but I can honestly say that this book was the biggest disappointment ever.
I really wish that the author wasn’t so fixated upon Gossip Girl, those books aren’t any good either, and mixing it in with a clever idea like this, will resolve in a train wreck. This was all drama, not much else. This was Gossip Girl on steroids, especially the character Daphne, made me conclude this, she was the worst character of them all, and I wish I had skipped her chapters. Speaking of chapters, the author McGee is a huge fan of dedicating a chapter to one character, and it bugs me so much, frankly, I end up not buying books because of this. Wish I had skimmed the book before buying it; I would have saved myself from disappointment.
Beatrice, the only character that I thought was decent. The only character really, that I enjoyed reading about. However, even she couldn’t save this disastrous mess. The whole book, and especially her, was so predictable, that even if you end up not reading it, you’ll know exactly what’s going to happen. Girl born into the role of royalty, problems ahead, choosing a person, in love with wrong person, rebellious phase and the classic: drama at the end. Sounds familiar, oh yeah, almost every YA has a similar pattern.
I couldn’t find myself feeling much for any of the characters or their various problems. I was aware that I was reading about these characters and not actually a part of the world they were living in. I was never lost in the story at any moment, the only reaction I had in terms of the characters, was hate toward Daphne.
The only good thing about this book was the ending. Let’s be frank, even though there’s a second one coming, it’s going to be super easy to predict what’ll happen. Imagine Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, withdraw the part about magic, and there you go.