Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.
As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.
A new reign has begun….
As a follow up to the first novel American Royals, Majesty is possibly even better than the first. Picking up not long after where we left off as Beatrice not only has her love life to deal with but also the small matter of becoming the first Queen of the United States.
The novel is, again, told in multiple perspectives Beatrice herself, Princess Samantha, her best friend Nina and social climber Daphne as each woman finds her way in this new era for America. Each of them has guy troubles, parental expectations, the public eye and their own feelings to contend with.
I felt this novel grew more than the first. I mentioned in my review of American Royals I felt that it had very close ties to The Crown and following the life of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. At the start of the novel I wondered the same but this picked up and I really enjoyed seeing not only Beatrice grow as a Queen but also Samantha as a person.
One small thing I would say is that I’m not sure how needed Nina was in this novel. It may be that 4 perspectives in a novel of this length is 1 too many for me. It feels as if there is only room for Nina or Daphne – in this case we learn much more about Daphne.
Katharine confirmed on Twitter that American Royals is a 2 book series (for now at least) I’m really, really hoping that she changes her mind about this because there is so much that is left open at the end of the novel. I really feel like there are opportunities to come back and let us know what happens next.
I gave this novel 4 stars because I couldn’t put it down. There’s secrets, romance, scheming. It’s an excellent book for when you want to be absorbed into a novel that you can flow along with – a perfect companion to the first novel.
Thank you to the author, Netgalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Seeing as we’ve somehow got to the middle of the year (I know, I know what even is time after the last few months?) it seemed like a good idea to look ahead to some of the books that will be coming out later this year!
The Falling In Love Montage (9th June)
This book will already be out by the time this post goes live but it sounds like its going to be a good one. Saoirse is coping with her Mum’s dementia diagnosis and coming to terms that she may develop it later on – which means she does not have time for love. Or does she?
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour (7th July)
I had very mixed feelings about Hank Green’s first book in this series An Absolute Remarkable thing but I just remember needing to know what happens next. He writes a damn good cliff hanger.
Loveless (9th July)
Alice has been tweeting about this book and how much it means to her and I’m really looking forward to reading it. It is also has an Ace main character, something I’m really interested in reading because I don’t think I’ve read a book with an Ace main character before.
This Is My America (28th July)
Tracy is already dealing with the fact that her father is an innocent black man on death row with time running out, then her brother is accused of killing a white girl. Dealing with the US prison system and someone being seeing as instantly guilty because of the colour of their skin this one is going to be heavy but super important.
Midnight Sun (4th August)
Yep, I’m doing it. I really loved Twilight when I was a teenager so I’m going to be buying a copy out of curiosity.
The Black Kids (1st September)
Set during the 1992 LA riots after the beating of Rodney King at the hands of 4 LAPD officers, this one couldn’t be more timely. Ashley is from a well off black family but has to consider who she is, where she stands and what this means to her.
Majesty (3rd September)
I read the first in the series American Royals as an ARC last year. The premise is what if America had a royal family. Kind of The Crown mixed with american culture. The first was left on a big cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Every Body Looking (22nd September)
Described as ‘a heavily autobiographical novel of a young woman’s struggle to carve a place for herself–for her black female body–in a world of deeply conflicting messages’ told in verse.
I’ve started to really enjoy novels in verse and think this will be a great addition to my growing collection.
Watch Over Me (15th September)
I’ve only discovered Nina LaCour this year but I’ve fallen in love with her way of writing. This looks different to her other contemporary novels, it’s about a young woman fresh out of the foster system who chooses to take a job on an isolated farm but has to deal with her own demons and the ghosts of those who have been there previously.
More Than A Woman (15th September)
This appears to be a follow up to her bestseller How To Be A Woman. While I know now that it was problematic Caitlin really got me to embrace feminism while at university and I’ve enjoyed her other books so I’m looking forward to a new perspective in this one.
Dear Justyce (29th September)
This is titled on NetGalley as Dear Martin #2. Dear Martin was an incredible book and showed Nic Stone’s talent as an author. The novel follows Quan during his time in a holding cell while he awaits trial after pleading not guilty in the shooting of a police officer. I have a feeling I’m going to cry at this one.
The Invisible Live of Addie LaRue (6th October)
V.E Schwab’s next release and that alone makes me super excited. This is also a book that Victoria has been working on for years. It’s about a young woman who makes a deal to live forever but she’s cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Hijab and Red Lipstick (15th October)
A debut by Yousra Imran who is an absolute gem on Twitter and Instagram. It’s about a young woman with a strict Egyptian father finding herself and her voice.
The Midnight Library (20th October)
The latest novel from Matt Haig whos books I absolutely adore. Firstly its set in a library, which is a instant plus for me. It also talks about the ability to live other lives as you choose, I’m intrigued, especially after I loved How To Stop Time so much.
The Book Of Two Ways (22nd October UK Release)
Jodi Picoult has been one of my favourite authors since I was a teenager. From the information that has been released it’s about the choices we make and you can expect a Picoult twist as is standard and one of the reasons I love her books.
The How & The Why (5th November)
Told across time as a young pregnant woman writes to her unborn baby, 18 years later her daughter is looking for answers to who she is and where she comes from. This sounds like it could be a really beautiful novel and I love the idea of seeing both young women at different points in their lives.
Admission (1st December)
One of the first novels I’ve seen that deals with the college admissions scandal in the US. I’m really intrigued when real life news topics are explored in fiction. I’m interested to see how the author tackles the topic.
What are you looking forward to in the second half of the year? Let me know below!
“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 her heart might really
But they’re not the only ones with
their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won
Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the
court’s favour – and his bed.
If only she knew that her
competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of
the king’s secretary.
Together these four young women must navigate the
drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the
world. There’s everything to play for – but there can only be one queen.”
Wow, welcome to your next fun royal
read. This year I’ve really found myself loving books about fictional royalty
and this has been a great addition. Set in an alternative United States, the
Washington family have been ruling for generations Princess Beatrice is next in
line with worries about heart vs head, Princess Samantha, on the other hand,
can’t live up to her older sister and future Queen. Royal life is pretty
complicated when you’re young.
Each of the women that narrated the
novel has their own quirks and viewpoints. Personally, I loved Nina and Sam the
most and found them the easiest to relate to. That said, I had a real soft spot
for Beatrice because her life was set out for her – she reminded me a lot of
depictions of a young Queen Elizabeth II and what it must have been like for
her. The only character I could not stand (and I’m pretty sure that’s
intentional) was Daphne but I kind of loved to hate her too.
There were points that I feel we’re
very similar to The Crown and tales of the royalty we have here in the UK.
While I can’t go into too much detail without getting into spoiler territory I
could kind of work out bits and pieces of the novel ahead of time. While I
completely get it – there isn’t a royal family in the US to base this on, it
was a sticking point for me.
I would love for Jefferson’s point
of view to be included in a later book – as the only male heir I wanted to know
his thoughts, his motivations. We only see him through the eyes of his sisters,
ex-girlfriend and love interest and I definitely think it would add to the
narrative of the story.
I gave this 4 stars, for a while I
was set on 3.5 for a while but the last few chapters cemented a higher rating
for me and we end on a cliff-hanger and I need to know what happens next. Who
will clean up the mess of the American royal family? Who will end up with who?
I need to know and I will definitely be pre-ordering a copy of the second book
in the series…even though the first hasn’t come out yet. Definitely a