American Royals (Hardcover)

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Alternate history meets The Bachelorette in AMERICAN ROYALS. All eyes are on Princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington (that’s right, descended from the first King of America, George Washington) as they navigate life in the public eye while balancing their own personal romantic interests. As Princess Beatrice prepares to be the first woman to sit on the throne, she’s faced with the ultimate decision—loyalty to her country or her own heart. Fans of the Royal Family won’t want to miss the first in what will hopefully be a new series from Katharine McGree!

— Beth

American Royals was a wild ride from start to finish, full of the magic of royalty and the people that inhabit these roles. Beatrice, Sam, Nina, and Daphne are all multifaceted characters with rich inner workings that lead the reader through an interesting journey that twists and turns and somehow comes to surprisingly tragic, cliff hanger end. Underneath it all the history carved out from what we know of America and reworked into something new, a world where monarchies reign still, is utterly fantastic. McGee clearly spent a lot of time building this world up and it shows in every single sentence spoken where the characters assume that you too, live in this world, and honestly, the entire time, it really did feel like I lived in the world with them. Magical, heart wrenching, fun, romantic, dazzling, and world changing could all be used to describe this book, and that's certainly how I'll be recommending it to people. This one is going to be smack dab on the top of everyone's favorite reads of 2019, shining like a beacon.

— Cat

Fall 2019 Kids Indie Next List


American Royals has all the drama, love triangles, and expensive vacations one would expect from a book about royalty. But it is also so much more. In an America where George Washington was crowned king instead of elected president, his descendants still sit on the American throne. Beatrice, first female heir to the throne, has always been the perfect princess. Samantha, her younger, wilder sister, has not. As Beatrice gets closer to the role she has been training for her entire life, she begins to feel stifled by her duties and is then forced to consider an arranged marriage when her father gets ill. As the two princesses’ once-secure lives spin out of control, secrets are revealed and relationships are broken and repaired. It’s a spectacularly engrossing first in a series.”
— Stacey Pyle, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD

Description


New York Times Bestseller

What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!


Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince's heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

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. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren't just any royals. They're American.

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 spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded--and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

"The lives of the American royal family will hook you in the very first pages and never let go. Relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive." --Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars and Perfectionists series

About the Author


Katharine McGee is the New York Times bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor trilogy. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. She now lives in Houston with her husband. Visit her online at katharinemcgee.com. Follow her at @katharinemcgee.

Praise For…


“The lives of the American royal family will hook you in the very first pages and never let go. Relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive.” —Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars and Perfectionists series

“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

"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

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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 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 
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984830173
ISBN-10: 1984830171
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 448