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American Royals

(American Royals #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  13,509 ratings  ·  2,252 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
TWO DISAPPOINTED, ANGRY, TIME-CONSUMER, MOOD-KILLER, WORSE THEN YOUNG AND RESTLESS EPISODES STARS!


When NetGalley rejected me to send this book, I gave the same reaction every time when I get rejections. I threw myself on the floor, punched the rug and gave my ugliest cries! Even my neighbors were scared that a wild animal escaped from the zoo and jumped in from our window. When I said I was the wild animal, they only shrugged. I think I should move sooner!

And after reading this book, flashbacks
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Monte Price
Omg, I'm living for the drama. I NEED BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW
Cheska the Great is Not Okay
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-be-released
EDIT: Oct. 8, 2019. This is not the most liked review for this book anymore, but a Good Samaritan took the time out of their day to send me this message and inform me of my account settings!



I read my review again after they sent this message and it literally says 'has commented or messaged me', rendering their message completely pointless because my point still stands as anyone is allowed to message me even if we're not friends. But hey, they're the first ever person to send me a message about
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jessica
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
this story reminded me exactly of KMs other series, ‘the thousandth floor.’ which is to say, i had fun reading this.

this isnt as drama-filled, but the heavy cast of characters and how their lives intertwine and mix with each other is very on-brand for KM. i know some people may complain about the length, especially because there essentially isnt a plot, but i didnt mind it. i had fun and enjoyed reading about each of the characters and their relationships with each other.

like i said, there
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emma
Well. This didn’t go very well.

I love a fun, fluffy, romance-y read. I love royalty tropes. I love Ragtag Groups Of Quirky Teenage Friends. I even love...some drama. And when I picked this up, I thought I would either get that or a big heaping cereal bowl of disappointment.

Maybe my expectations have been irrevocably made too high by Red, White & Royal Blue, but...boy oh boy did I get the latter.

It also could have been my fault for not realizing this was the first in a series. I was
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Larry H
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
"From now on, you are two people at once: Beatrice the girl, and Beatrice, heir to the Crown. When they want different things, the Crown must win. Always."

Katharine McGee's American Royals is an entertaining, soapy romp built on a terrific concept: when the Revolutionary War ended, the American people offered George Washington a crown, and he accepted. The House of Washington has remained on the throne for more than two-and-a-half centuries, and America is as obsessed with stories about the
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C.G. Drews
You know when you read a book and feel like it is directly meant to be on Netflix as a romcom? this. So it was fun! I hoped it would be a bit like a YA version of Red White & Royal Blue, but it wasn't (that's on me for expectations, not on the book!). It's very much about the pressures of a life under the scrutiny of the public eye. Tbh I thought it'd be MORE stressful with scandals and paparazzi and clean up and all that. But I really liked how each character responded to their lot in live. ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
American Royals is a fun and frothy novel as one would expect from the blurb. It reimagines history so that George Washington became the first king of America...the background detail of expanding upon this alternative history is a little lacking though. I would have liked a few more nuggets of info about the how and the why America came to be ruled by a monarchy.

The story is told from a number of different viewpoints which was enjoyable but it also meant that it was quite hard to ever truly
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Somebody was comparing AMERICAN ROYALS to CRAZY RICH ASIANS, and I think to do so is really unfair because CRAZY RICH ASIANS tapped into a lot of dialogues about race, class, and culture that AMERICAN ROYALS doesn't really do. Oh, it tries, but if anything it's just a thought experiment designed to write yet another frothy story about princesses. And if that's your cup of Earl grey tea, more power to you, but I think it's dangerous-- and
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Christy
4 stars

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What if America had a royal family?

This book was a drama-fest and I couldn't get enough of it. It's one of those stories you don't want to put down because it's so entertaining.

American Royals takes place in a world where America has a royal family instead of a democracy. The Washingtons' have been in power since the start and this is their family's story. This follows a few characters, the first being Beatrice who is next in line for the crown. The next is her sister, Samantha,
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Hollis
AMERICAN ROYALS was a concept I was excited about because, for all the royalty romances out there, we've never had one that reimagined, and rewrote, American history to fashion them with royalty (or at least I’ve never seen/read one!). Beyond that, however, I didn't really know what to expect. My guess was drama, politics, and many things in between.

It's definitely drama. Politics, not so much. This is all drama. It's like Gossip Girl on steroids in some ways, I think. Maybe. I only watched like
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Amy Imogene Reads
Come for the concept, stay for the drama. This was a near-perfect blend of Gossip Girl, modern day royalty, and drama.

Concept:
Drama: 1/2
Pacing:
Romance:

What would have happened if George Washington had accepted the offer to become America's king? As our history books state, he said no, and the Presidency was created.

But what if...

American Royals follows the modern-day lives of America's royal family—the House of Washington. A perfect mishmash of British royalty with a distinctly American
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Ishmeen
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
I WILL READ ANYTHING THIS WOMAN WRITES
Nina
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

This was auch a quick and entertaining read. I really enjoyed American Royals and can’t wait to read the sequel next year!

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Thank you so much to Penguin Teen Australia for sending a review copy my way!

"How hard it was to be a woman in this world of monarchies, whose structures and traditions had all been built by men."

trigger warnings: cheating, death of a grandparent (in the past), death of a parent (in the past), being roofied, character in a coma, (view spoiler)

representation: f/f relationship (Nina's mums), Latina rep, Japanese American rep.


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Sara
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed McGee’s previous series of novels, The Thousandth Floor, and was intrigued to see her take on the alternative history genre with an America ruled by the descendants of King George Washington. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This has a lot of froth but no substance, and although the The Thousandth Floor has interesting characters and an overall plot arc, this just doesn’t really have anything, with a plot that feels
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
2.5 stars, rounded up

What if America hadn't gone the radical route of elected government officials and democracy, and instead had offered George Washington a crown and he had inexplicably taken it?

This is the intriguing alternate history of a world that could have been, with the royal siblings—Crown Princess Beatrice, twins Samantha and Jefferson—and their friend Nina, navigating the world of love, romance, expectations and social media.

It's very gossipy and filled with the glitz, glamor, gossip
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Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can see the content of the very cute promotional box of swags I was sent here

4/5


"Writers got to pick the ending of their novels, but Beatrice wasn't living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever."


Have you ever wondered what society would be like if George Washington had accepted to become king after the Revolutionary War instead of president? Then search no more,
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Erin
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had seen low ratings for this book, but hadn't read the reviews, so I had hoped that I could find some enjoyment from this book but I did not.

In an alternate history, George Washington became King after the American Revolution was won. Centuries later, House Washington is still on the throne. Now, Princess Beatrice is first in line for the throne and will be the first Queen, but her parents are pushing her to get married.

This book is a disaster. First, the world really isn't explained well at
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Yusra  ✨
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
YES MORE DRAMA
MORE BEAUTIFUL COVERS
Emma
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.75/5 Stars

Full review here

I’m always down for a good royal romance and I definitely did enjoy this one here, even though there were some things that, in my opinion, could have been developed a little better.
This novel is basically all about the characters’ feelings which is okay but following four main storylines all about the same thing, romance and relationships, can also become a little
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Trina (Between Chapters)
Although this was fairly predictable, I think fans of royal romances or dramas (AKA meeee) will enjoy it. I liked the variety of POVs and the alternate history of the United States was very interesting to think about. I definitely feel like her writing has grown since her first book and I look forward to what's coming in this series.
Jenna Bookish
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oof. Soooo, that was certainly... a book.



I think my major issue withAmerican Royalsis that this book doesn't seem like it knows what it wants to be. Does it want to be a thought-provoking story set in an alternate version of the United States with a monarchy? Yes. Does it also want to be a fluffy young adult romance novel? Yes. Does it also want to be a reality TV-esque teen drama? ...Yes. Are any of these elements playing nicely together? Definitely not.

This book is 448 pages and it felt
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Sahitya
I’ve never read this author’s The Thousandth Floor series, especially because it has a lot of mixed reviews and I didn’t feel like investing my time in it. But the alternate reality version America in this new book felt very interesting and I thought it’ll be a great foray into the author’s works. After really adoring RWRB (which is also like an AU version of America), I thought this book will be equally fun, but it’s very unfair to even try to compare the two books. I’m actually not sure what I ...more
Megha Patel
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I swear Katharine McGee tends to write such gripping stories with great characters. It such an interesting concept to think of monarch ruling America and, in my opinion, it was done very well. We get history and a little modern aspect of it as well as Beatrice is about to be the first ruing Queen. It was super fun to see all the behind the scenes of the royal family. It doesn’t seem to be all perfect on the inside as it may seem and that really resonates with me. We all put on a face for the ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
All the hate that this book is getting because it's like a daytime soap opera or Gossip Girl just makes me want to run out and pick this one up even more. That is completely my jam, am I the only one that loves trash drama? #sorrynotsorry
Gretal
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yarc
I went into American Royals hoping it would be better than the author’s first book, The Thousandth Floor, but honestly it might have been worse. Probably the only thing it has going for it over that one is the one non straight main character doesn’t die at the end of the book, but it’s only because there isn’t one. Don’t worry though; Katherine McGee still loves to make marginalized people have great falls (one of the few people of color in this book is a Japanese girl who is in a coma). There ...more
Krystal
Ahhh, drama.

I mean, I could definitely have used more - I liked all these characters too much - but it still hit the spot.

The setup: In an alternate world, Washington became the first king of America, and here we are in present day to witness the inner happenings of America's reigning royals. Mum and dad are regal and proud and of course thrusting ridiculous responsibilities on their first born, Beatrice, who will be America's first ever queen (hooray for abolishing sexism in the monarchy).

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Kayla Brunson
Man oh man. I don’t even know what to say about American Royals. I was expecting so much from this book and I was let down H A R D. The premise of an alternate America sounded so good. However, this is basically her previous series in a new setting.

Beatrice - Next in line to be Queen of America
Samatha - Sister to Beatrice, the spare
Jefferson- Twin to Samantha, ex of Daphne, has feelings for Nina
Nina - Best friend of Samantha, commoner, in love with Jefferson
Daphne - Ex of Jefferson, America’s
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Taylor
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Right off the bat, I have to say that American Royals is a book release that I had been highly anticipating ever since Katharine McGee had announced her new American Royal series due to me being intrigued by the premise of the series and having enjoyed the first book in McGee's The Thousandth Floor trilogy, which is also called The Thousandth Floor. I went into reading American Royals hoping that it would prove to be an interesting and fun book, and McGee definitely delivered on that front.

I
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Katharine McGee is the New York Times bestselling author of American Royals and The Thousandth Floor trilogy. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. She lives in her hometown of Houston, TX with her husband.

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