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American Royals Book Review

My Reasons For Reading This Book

 It feels like I haven't reviewed a book in a long time, but really I have just read more books this year that ever before. Something I have not talked about yet on the blog is that I am a part of The Readheads Book Club, which is a podcast book club. I joined the book club because one of the hosts also has a Bachelor podcast that I listen to during the airing of the show. I was so excited to join a book club because I always struggle to find books and people to talk to about the books I read. A different host chooses a book each time giving you a variety of different genres and book topics. As of the time I am writing this, the book club is on book 9 of the year. I have read all but book one and book eight. I chose not to read the eighth book because I read it in high school and did not want to read it again. Now where am I going with this if the book I am reviewing today is not one of the books read for the book club, well that is because Margo or Snitch one of the hosts, highly recommends American Royals by Katharine McGee, which is the book I am reviewing here. Not only did I choose to read this book because it was highly recommended, but also because it was similar to one of the books Margo chose for the book club, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and I really enjoyed that book. Another reason I choose this book is because the last book for the book club was My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. If you know anything about that book then you would know that I was in need of a lighter more truly romantic read. 

Content of this Book

American Royals follows the exciting lives of the young royals and want-to-be royals of America. Instead of America adapting a democracy after winning independence from Britain, American too became a monarchy with the Washingtons ruling for the past 250 years. The book follows the lives of Beatrice, the first born of King George IV. She is in line to become the first Queen regnant. Beatrice has two younger siblings, twins Princess Samantha and Prince Jefferson. As Beatrice continues the preparations for becoming Queen she finds herself battling whether to follow her heart or her duties as the future Queen, while her Samantha vies to break the rules and battle for the love of someone who is off-limits. At the same time Price Jefferson is caught in the middle of two girls vying for his love and status.

Themes of this Book

  • females in charge
  • forbidden love
  • the need to achieve status
  • vying for acceptance
  • vying for perfection

What I Liked About this Book

For starters I liked that this book was set in modern day America. The book presented the theme of America being hesitant to have their first Queen regnant. This is a theme that is very relatable with the running of Hillary Clinton for presidency in 2016. The book presented some of the same reservations that Americans had in 2016 with Hillary Clinton that the Americans in this book had with the upcoming ruling their first Queen regnant. The book also included one of the current struggles of the British royals and that is the way the media portrays them and their lives. The author describes how the media and the opinions of American's affects each character in the book. The format of the book is that each chapter is told from one characters perspective. The author did an excellent job of cohesively changing between writing style for each character. To give you an idea of how the chapters switched between characters, sometimes the same event would be told, but from the perspective of a different character and how it effected them. Even with the use of this technique the book was not repetitive and always kept you interested. A literally device used by the author was to always include inner dialog from each character during their chapter. This helped the reader to learn more about the character and figure out how different plot points were effecting them. I loved the length of the chapters. I was able to read 2-3 chapters in 30 minutes. The pace of the book and the way the plot progressed was steady and kept you interested through the whole book. I absolutely loved the descriptions of the formal dresses that were worn at all of the formal events. The last thing that I really liked about this book was the way the author wrapped up the plot, but also left open-endings to the plot so that book would smoothly transition into a second book. If you are at all interested in reading this book I would getting on it because the sequel comes out this September.

What I Disliked About this Book 

I can honestly not think of anything that I did not like about this book.

Would I Recommend This Book

If you couldn't already guess I would out course recommend this book. I loved all aspects of it and think that if it fits the genre and style of reading that you like then I have no doubt that you will love it just as much as I did. 

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