I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So let me start with this. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not. I never picked up Katharine’s other series, The Thousandth Floor, even though I was intrigued by that series mostly because that cover was so beautiful. But that kind of drama is not my cup of tea. I like some drama, don’t get me wrong. But I can’t handle overly extra highschool drama like the old tv shows I used to love. But since I got approved for American Royals I thought I’d give it a try, plus the synopsis really interested me.
I was not disappointed by this book at all. Also, I had no idea that there would be a sequel to this book. I kept seeing that I had 10 more pages left and nothing was getting resolved. And what an ending that was. But let me not get too far ahead of myself. I ended up enjoying this book. There was just enough drama in it to keep me interested but not make me roll my eyes. And I really liked the characters a lot. I loved how each character was so much deeper than you originally thought.
In American Royals, instead of having a president and a democracy, Katharine creates a new America. An America that has Queens and Kings and Nobleman. This book is a multi-POV. We follow Beatrice, Samantha, Nina, and Daphne. Beatrice is first in line to inherit the throne and the oldest of 3 children. She will be the first American Queen regnant ever. All her life she has known that this was her duty and has been planning her life to take this roll. She has always been fine with this until one day she realizes she has no control over her own life and she is no longer happy about it.
Samantha is Beatrice’s younger sister, and twin to her younger brother Jefferson. Samantha is the complete opposite of Beatrice. She is not tied down like her sister is to the crown and she does whatever she wants when she wants. She and her brother are always having fun and getting into trouble. There is so much more to these twins than the world ever gets to see, but because they are just the siblings of the Queen they are not as important as her, and that really bothers Samantha sometimes. Jefferson is just as outgoing and fun as Samantha, but because he is the prince he doesn’t get in as much trouble as her. Even though he doesn’t have his own POV he is a pretty main character, especially since 2 girls want his heart.
Nina is Samantha’s best friend since forever. They met when they were younger because Nina’s mom worked for the King. Even though Nina was a commoner, she grew up right along with Samantha and Jeff doing everything with them. Until they all graduated they were super close. But once Nina started college and Samantha went on tour and then when out exploring the world with her twin, they drifted apart a bit. Nina has to figure out if she is really cut out for that life or if she is happy living her college life not being in the limelight at all.
Daphne is the ex-girlfriend of Jefferson. They dated for 3 years and everyone absolutely loved them together. Especially Daphne. But because of certain events, Jefferson ends up breaking up with Daphne. But Daphne has not worked her whole life to become a princess just to be dumped. I didn’t just love Daphne’s parts, but they were very entertaining.
Overall, I liked this book. I am not sure if I will reread this book before the next book comes out, honestly, I probably will, but I will definitely be reading the second book when it comes out. I have to know how everything is going to turn out. This was a fun, quick read and I didn’t want to put it down. I recommend this book for those of you who like drama and romance. What a crazy world America would be if it was anything like it was in this book.