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American Royals II: Majesty Hardcover – September 1, 2020
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“With elegance, saucy secrets, and forbidden love, American Royals is fast-paced and utterly charming. Katharine McGee’s prose sparkles, capturing the glamour and pressures of an American monarchy.” —Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series
“Inventive, fresh, and deliciously romantic—American Royals is an absolute delight!” —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses series
“Imagine a world where Meghan Markle is the queen of the United States of America…. American Royals is the next closest thing.” –Teen Vogue
"For all the glamour and intrigue, there's also a reality check. All four central characters struggle to reconcile the expectations the world imposes on them with the internal selves they discover through heartbreak and struggle." —The New York Times Book Review
“A soapy, escapist blockbuster [following] the drama, scandal and romances of the impossibly glamorous young court. An unabashedly frothy romp, and enormous fun." –The Guardian
A fun, fast-paced read packed with drama, scandal, and romance” –The Sun
“Mixing scandalous secrets and political intrigue, American Royals is thrillingly addictive.” –Shelf Awareness
"Critical questions tantalize readers through the foibles and flaws of characters who are frustratingly human… readers will eagerly await the next installment to find out whether true love will win or stodgy tradition will triumph.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A deliciously soapy American royal family… McGee’s characters are well-crafted and flawed, giving the narrative emotional texture that elevates it above the dramatic formula.” —Publishers Weekly
“Readers will be hooked…. A fun twist on history as we know it, and the ending will have readers hoping for a sequel.” —School Library Journal
“For readers looking for intrigue—and for those who like their royal fever with a twist—this is a quick and delicious read.” —Booklist
About the Author
- Grade Level : 9 and up
- Lexile Measure : HL800L
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198483021X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984830210
- Product Dimensions : 5.78 x 1.19 x 8.53 inches
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2020)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, I found this book lacking after enjoying the first one, and I feel as though there should be another one and am shocked that this is the final of two books in the series.
Things I did like about it:
-I liked finding out more about what America was like in this alternate universe. There is still a lot of tongue in cheek about how absurd our reality would be if it really existed, but it wasn't as in your face as the previous book. I appreciated that.
-Katherine McGee is great at setting a scene where it feels like you are right there. Maybe because I grew up in the area and even visited where all this is based (if expanded upon) it made me feel like I was back home in a way and connected with it.
-We did get more backstory for the other characters, not just the main players that are in the family. It gave more scope to the universe.
Things that weren't as enjoyable:
-With the exception of Nina, all of the characters feel like they are completely different than what they were in the previous book. I did have to remind myself that these were teenagers/just young adults, but the quickness of personality change among other things just made everyone less enjoyable on the whole.
-Jefferson, while having been a BIG part of the last book given his common connection with all of the women, does very little in this story and is just letting things happen to him. I feel like his part of the story was replaced by the new characters, and that is a shame because I feel like there could have been room for everyone.
Overall, it was a decent read but a bit of a shock after the last one. Maybe I read them too close together or am just older and wiser than to have fits of flightiness that is kind of being shown by the characters. It would be a good stand alone, but with the other book the series feels disjointed.
I was so excited to continue the American Royal journey.
I absolutely enjoyed the book, albeit a bit less than I did the first. I think it is the curse of the bridge book. Often authors use the second book in a trilogy to simply carry the readers to the third act. They do not create the book to have its own life and individual space. I fear that this book has fallen victim to that curse.
The book served as a vehicle for the main characters to commit to their arc. Everyone came to their “truths” and became fully realized, whether that be to their better selves or their worst.
For some of the characters and relationships, it was centered in growth and depth, like Beatrice and Teddy and Sam and Marshall. For others- Nina, Daphne, Jeff and Ethan - it felt a bit tiresome.
Though there may be sone ingenuity in the writing of Jeff- that he is not just completely daft, but rather so self-absorbed he just can’t see anything or anyone beyond himself. But, I fear I may be giving the writer too much credit. It is probably more the fact that she has absolutely abandoned him as a character in this book. She wrote very little about him and basically left him at the start gate while the rest of the characters ran a full lap of life. He is completely one-dimensional- almost like a paper stand-up in this story-a placeholder- here stands “the prince”.
Everyone else is on this journey to self- love, acceptance or at least acknowledgement of who they are. Yet, Jeff sleepwalks through this book like a monopoly piece.
I do have to reserve my final judgement until the series end. Perhaps the author has something up her sleeve regarding this character and I will be blown away with his story.
I felt like this book was too short and also rushed. The part of the story the author decided to share in this installment was very small, unless this isn’t going to be a big story packed with depth. The first book definitely implied that it would be, but the second’s shallowness and brevity imply that it really could go either way.
I enjoyed where we are in the story and how we got here, but I felt it needed more time to breathe a more voluminous path. It was sparse.
I did enjoy the book and it has me primed and ready for the next (final?) installment. And I will reserve casting any finality to my judgement until the author has finished telling her character’s story.
I hope she doesn’t wait too long to release her next installment, this second book is standing on some thin legs and runs the risk of falling down and getting tsunami-ed by other books in this genre that will inevitably come after it.
Top reviews from other countries
Like a teenage-focused Danielle Steel, the book is very readable, the characters likeable and the story manages to explore the American constitution, women in power and at the same time give a good rundown of parties, frocks and handbags - great fun!