American Royals hit so many of my favourite things on the head I couldn’t help but love it even if I tried. This ensemble novel gives a taste of this amazing amazing cast and I’m all too keen for the sequel.
The premise for the novel is really cool and honestly the reason I picked it up in the first place. When George Washington wins the war against the British, rather than become the first President of the United States, he becomes king. And so starts the United States monarchy. Years later we follow the lives of four girls. The heir, the spare, the best friend and the girlfriend.
“Writers got to pick the endings of their novels, but Beatrice wasn’t living a story. She was living history, and history went on forever.”
Beatrice is next in line to the throne, with pressure mounded on her from a young age, life has its challenges. But it’s only made tougher by the fact that she will be the first Queen the United States has seen.
“The only people free from censure are people who’ve never taken a stand.”
Samantha is the spare. Her sister is the future ruler and her twin brother is the only male heir so that just leaves her… there. Forever in people’s shadows Samatha decides that while her sister may be Queen, she will be everything else.
“Who said anything about forgetting? The point of forgiveness is to recognise that someone has hurt you, and to still love them in spite of it.”
Nina is Samantha’s best friend and daughter of someone who is in the cabinet or a minister or… I can’t exactly remember but she works first hand with the monarchy but they are not privileged. Nina has always struggled to reconcile her average normal life and her life as best friend of the princess. Doesn’t help that she’s in love with Samanthas twin brother.
“That was the thing about success, it could be even more draining than failure.”
Daphne is the girlfriend Prince Jefferson and will do whatever it takes to stay that way. With her family on the fringes of high society her only desire isn’t happiness, but to marry Jefferson and become Queen. But is that what she or her family wants?
Switching between these characters we get to know the royal family and each girls lives are like. Each has different pressures, issues and desires all woven together and effecting each other as their lives are heavily linked. I really loved how we had so many point of views, it kept it interesting and was just really fun.
“How hard it was to be a woman in this world of monarchies, whose structures and traditions had all been built by men.”
This novel is a good mix of drama, romance, politics, scandals and laughs. Very Gossip Girl meets What A Girl Wants and I was here for it. It was just a lot of fun yet it still has enough substance to fuel a great story.
That cliff hanger though. Honestly I didn’t realise it was a sequel when I started this book so I was shook! Very keen for the next one.
I used this novel for my Dymocks Reading Challenge for “a book from my TBR pile”. Probably the easiest prompt there since I had sooooo many options! You can check out my progress here.