American Royals

American Royals

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jefferson, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781984830173
1984830171
Branch Call Number: TEEN MCG
Characteristics: 440 pages

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Chapel_Hill_KatZ Jan 21, 2020

What if George Washington had decided to be king after the Revolutionary War? We get an American monarchy and this book which feels like the Princess Diaries mashed up with a soap opera. Seriously, there was quite a bit of drama. There were secret relationships, scheming and backstabbing, misunderstandings and "misunderstandings", and all sorts of young adult shenanigans and all of that done with the scrutiny of a nation (and paparazzi) that comes with a crown. The story is told through four different perspectives which allowed for some unfolding of characters in fun and unique ways, but also amped up the drama levels since the perspectives tended to end in cliff-hangers. I feel that it lead to a lack of deeper development for most of the characters and their relationships (and I wanted a bit more when it came to the politics). I did enjoy that they provided different perspectives to the royal life, though. The pacing is a little slow (seriously, so slow) and not much happens for such a large book, but I enjoyed it for what it was -- a fun, dramatic romance novel with lots of fluff.

Tigard_LindsayD Dec 30, 2019

The Crown meets The Princess Diaries in an alternate universe where the U.S. is a monarchy. Featuring an ensemble of sympathetic royal siblings and their love interests, it's both soapy and fun.

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midori_hon
Oct 27, 2019

hard stop DNF at page 111. ironic it was to start this book the week of the enthronement ceremony of the new emperor of japan. this author didn't conduct the most rudimentary of research before creating an ancillary (= comatose) character with a ludicrous name, i.e. girl's given name as surname whose parents are the earl and countess of 'hana' (literally 'flower')

vpl_teens Oct 11, 2019

Reviewed by Regan T. for Teens Read it First

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This book was an entertaining read. At first I found it hard to relate to the characters, seeing as most of them were literally royalty. However, as the story progressed, it became easier to understand the characters, as, although they were raised in an aristocratic and noble environment, they all still had to deal with both classism and sexism in life. One of the main protagonists would be the first queen that America would ever have, which meant that there were a lot of people rooting against her. Overall, it was very eloquently written, with beautiful descriptions that make it easy for the reader to imagine what’s going on in each scene. The four main characters each have a very different voice, and each of their personalities jumps out in a different way: one ruthlessly ambitious, another noble and righteous, the third wild and careless, and the fourth cautious and intelligent. It had a fast pace, and even though the actual timeline of events spanned over several months, it definitely didn’t feel that way. However, I do wish they had included more politics in the novel, such as what America’s role would be as a monarchy in today’s modern political society. As well, I felt that there were many loose ends not very well tied up in the story, but then again, the author may also be planning to write a sequel. Hopefully, that’s the case!

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allysunsun24
Oct 05, 2019

This book presents a very intriguing concept: if America had been founded as monarchy. I personally believe this book was done quite well although I will cite some erasure, simply because of the alternate history, nothing about the Indigenous lands being taken over and very little about slavery was mentioned. It was fun to learn the history of the monarchy as well as to see history being made with Beatrice going to be the first ruling Queen. Overall, I quite enjoyed this book and it dropped off with quite a cliff hanger and I would like to see the solution.

ArapahoeKati Sep 20, 2019

It's intriguing to imagine if America had a monarchy, and this frothy (and somewhat predictable) teen novel still held my interest with all the drama, romance and betrayal. Fans of "The Selection" may enjoy.

OPL_KrisC Sep 17, 2019

A fun and modern take on what it would be like if the United States had a royal family. Contains drama, intrigue and power struggles. For fans of Rachel Hawkin's "Royals" series.

DCLteens Aug 14, 2019

A Must-Read YA pick. What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha—two princesses vying for the ultimate crown, two girls vying for the prince's heart. This is the story of the American royals.

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