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Young Adult Fiction 574
American Royals II: Majesty
(Updated: August 25, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Majesty begins right after the King of America dies, leaving his oldest daughter Beatrice queen. She was in the process of telling her father that she wanted to abduct and run off with her guard Conner. That all changed when her father dies.

Her younger siblings, Sam and Jefferson have their own issues. Sam thinks she's in love with Teddy who comes from a blue blood family but has no money. He's also the one Beatrice's family wants her to marry. Jefferson has broken up with Nina and she's back in college, trying to get her life back to normal. Only Daphne, the royal circles 'mean' girl has other plans

What worked: This is the second book in the American Royals series. I was a big fan of the first book and couldn't wait for the sequel. So when I got approved to review the second book, I was excited! And this book doesn't disappoint!!!

What I really enjoyed was revisiting this alternative universe where America has royalty. I especially loved how McGee weaves in backstory from the previous book so readers don't forget all the intrigue and secrets.

Beatrice's life changes when her father dies. Her character arcs toward the end of the novel when she has to make the personal decision whether to have the crown be forced on her or to take things in her own hands. That doesn't mean this comes easy. There's the question of loyal and how she fits as the new Queen of America.

Sam's the 'spare' and now finds she has to take her royal calling as the next in line more seriously. She also decides to make the object of her affections-Teddy-jealous by getting a 'fake' boyfriend. Only things don't turn out the way she planned.

Jefferson's story is intertwined with Nina and Daphne. Nina seems to have grown up more and her story and new relationship with Ethan is one that I especially enjoyed. Daphne of course is still the 'mean' girl who plots to do anything she can to get Jefferson's attention and become a princess that her mother desperately wants.Saying all that, Daphne isn't the one-dimensional, stereotypical mean girl. Readers see her vulnerabilities and weaknesses that drive her to make the decisions she makes.

I think the only weakness had to be Jefferson's story. He seemed to take a backseat to the others in the story. I wanted to see more on what he thought and for McGee to dig deeper into his character.

The ending of the novel is fast-paced with many of the loose ends being tied up. Hint, Connor shows up again.

Gossip Girls meets an alternative reality where America has royalty. Fast-paced, with court intrigue, back-biting, and friendship. This sequel is a satisfying continuation of the first book.
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1. Gossip Girls meets an alternative American with royalty
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