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American Royals

(American Royals #1)

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Meet the Washingtons - the most scandalous royal family ever!

HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She's the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties.

It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She's demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first - no matter what
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by Penguin (first published September 3rd 2019)
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Katharine McGee This is such a thoughtful question! In the world of American Royals, the succession goes through GW's nephew George Steptoe Washington, son of…moreThis is such a thoughtful question! In the world of American Royals, the succession goes through GW's nephew George Steptoe Washington, son of Washington's younger brother Samuel. (George Steptoe Washington had three older siblings but none of them lived long enough to become king--in real life they all died before GW's death in 1799).

George Steptoe Washington, aka King George II in the world of American Royals, was a fascinating character in real life! He eloped with Lucy Payne (Dolly Madison's sister!) when she was 15 and he was 22. Their families were originally outraged but later reconciled. So of course, in the world of American Royals she became Queen Lucy!

I started deviating from the real historical timeline in the next generation. George II and Lucy's son Theodore is a fictional character.(less)
Joanne Pang There are three royal siblings in the story, and some other POVs, whom are not blood-related to the royal siblings. It's not incest. The siblings…moreThere are three royal siblings in the story, and some other POVs, whom are not blood-related to the royal siblings. It's not incest. The siblings aren't crushing on each other.(less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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emma
Well. This didnt 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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jessica
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Larry H
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 ...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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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 Ive 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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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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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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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 familythe House of Washington. A perfect mishmash of British royalty with a
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Ishmeen
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I WILL READ ANYTHING THIS WOMAN WRITES
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
4.5 stars - (Buddy read with Heather

I. Loved. This. Book. Talk about addicting! American Royals reimagines American history as if George Washington had accepted the title of King and in present day America, we're still being ruled by the monarchy led by his descendants. This book has a lot of perspectives, but I felt fully invested in each and every one of them. If I absolutely *had* to pick a favorite, it would be Samantha, also known as the spare. Samantha is a Jefferson's twin sister and as
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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 cant wait to read the sequel next year!

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed McGees 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 doesnt 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 siblingsCrown Princess Beatrice, twins Samantha and Jeffersonand 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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Yusra  ✨
Jun 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
YES MORE DRAMA
MORE BEAUTIFUL COVERS
may ❀
honestly the ending is what kicked this book up to a 3 stars for me. it left on an excellent cliffhanger that left SO MUCH intrigue for the coming book(s), well done, katharine mcgee

i'll probably write a long review on my thoughts for each of the characters but for now, i felt there was something strong lacking throughout. the characters are kind of awful (most of them at least) or completely self-centered and i found it hard to sympathize with them

nina was definitely the most fleshed out
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Jenna Bookish
Oof. Soooo, that was certainly... a book. 



I think my major issue with American Royals is 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
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Emma
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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

Im 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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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
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
Sahitya
Ive never read this authors The Thousandth Floor series, especially because it has a lot of mixed reviews and I didnt feel like investing my time in it. But the alternate reality version America in this new book felt very interesting and I thought itll be a great foray into the authors works. After really adoring RWRB (which is also like an AU version of America), I thought this book will be equally fun, but its very unfair to even try to compare the two books. Im actually not sure what Im going ...more
Megha Patel
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 doesnt 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
Gretal
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yarc
I went into American Royals hoping it would be better than the authors 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 doesnt die at the end of the book, but its only because there isnt one. Dont 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 were ...more
Krystal
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, loved-up, owned, dramarama
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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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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