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Reign By Katharine McGee Book Review

Reasons for Reading This Book:

If you read my last book review then you will know that I read Rivals by Katharine McGee in preparation for the fourth book in the American Royals series, Reign. As I shared in the previous post I read the first book of the series when it was first released and enjoyed and planned to finish the series. When I saw on Margo Oshry's Instagram story that the fourth book Reign was coming out I knew I needed to read Rivals to prepare for the final book. You can read my full review of Rivals here. Here are the links to my reviews of American Royals Book Review and Majesty: American Royals 2.

Content of This Book:

Reign is the fourth book in the Katharine McGee's American Royals series. Beatrice is the first reigning queen of America. Her heirs are her twin siblings, Samantha (first born) and Jefferson. Queen Beatrice's life is hanging in the balance following the conclusion of Rivals. The Queen is in a coma. Princess Samantha is nowhere to be found, it is presumed she ran away with her boyfriend, Lord Marshall Davis. This put the last heir, Prince Jefferson on the throne. In addition to his personal life drama, now Prince Jefferson is ruling. This might be what some of the country wants and what Daphane wants, but is this what Prince Jefferson wants?

What I Liked About This Book:

I liked that the ending of Rivals seamlessly flowed into Reign. There was no major time jump from one book to the other. As someone who read them back-to-back this wasn't necessarily needed for me, but I appreciated it because it kept the plot moving without having to back track and fill in if the author had chosen to jump forward in time. One of the main takeaways I had from the first two books was that the author always wanted to show growth/maturity or change in the characters from the beginning of each book to the end of each book and then ultimately from the beginning of the series to the end of the series. The maturity and personal growth that each character went through in this book was captivating and one of my favorite aspects of the book and series. Because the characters are in their late teens/early twenties, they are meant to make immature decisions that help them learn and grow. The personal growth of each character is described not only in their personal narration, but also through their actions and conversations with other characters. Because these books are young adult, someone could say that the writing is juvenile. Compared to adults books, yes it is easier to read and less literary, but it is still just as enjoyable and vivid in its' descriptions. Of course you are not going to get spicy romance scenes, but there are still romanic scenes between the characters. Continuing to talk about the writing, I find the writing to be so fluid, easy to read and comprehend. There is no choppiness or confusion. Everything is clear. Now to speak on the plot. Knowing how the third book ended, I had predictions for how certain parts of the plot were going to play out in the fourth book. Without giving away any spoilers, I was correct in my predictions. With that being said, I still enjoyed the book from beginning to end. The last thing I will praise this author for is the conclusion and 3 months later section from each character. As someone who has read the series and spent time with these characters and this story, I appreciated that I was given an idea for how their next couple of years would play out due to this section.

What I Disliked About This Book:

One thing that I noted in my review of Rivals was the repeated use of the words acute and acutely. This is something I took note of then and then noticed again in Reign. An aspect of Rivals that I complimented the author on was the equal distribution of chapters for each character and how the author would not insert a character's chapter in just to hear from them because they were not involved in the current plot. In Reign it seemed at times that the author did that a little too much and I was left thinking why haven't we heard from this character in a while and then when we would hear from them they would have to give a longer update or would not have an update at all and would act like they have not just been absent from the plot for a period of time. I do understand that the timeframe in which this final book was very short so that could be a reason for why characters were not heard from for periods of time. 

Would I Recommend This Book:

Overall, I would recommend this book. I recommend it one because it met my expectations for a conclusion for this series and two because it is an enjoyable, fun and easy book to read. If have not read the other books in the series I highly recommend you do and if you have read the other books I recommend you finish of the series because you will not regret it.

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