Book Review | Majesty: American Royals

I have been looking forward to this book for a while, and I was so pleased to finally read it.

Is America ready for its first queen?

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….

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I have so been looking forward to this book ever since I read the first book at the start of the year, it ended on such a cliffhanger and I have been desperate to know what the repercussions of that would be.

Majesty was every bit as consuming and entertaining as American Royals, I was a bit worried that this book wouldn’t quite hit the mark in the same way, which can sometimes be the curse of the second book, but once I started reading it I knew that was not the case here. This book has all the drama and scandal of the first book but also gives us a bit more depth to the characters.

I really enjoyed getting back into these characters lives and seeing how events of the first book would change their direction and to be honest there were a lot of changes. I was happy to see a different side to Beatrice, she is under so much pressure but instead of letting it get to her, she starts to push back against what’s expected of her and her position.

I really enjoyed her developing relationship and that they are well suited to each other, I thought it was nice that she could find something unexpected in it. I was pleased that the relationship between Beatrice and Samantha gets explored a little more in this and that they come to understand a lot more about each other.

I think I loved Samantha even more in this book than in the first, she becomes even more vulnerable and I love how self-aware she is, she really works through what she is feeling and does it in a self-reliant way. I enjoyed her back and forth with Marshall, despite their understanding of being together to make other people jealous, they had a connection that jumped off the page and I was actively looking forward to her chapters just so I could find out what would happen next.

I was a little disappointed with how Nina’s character progressed in this book, I felt like there was something very interesting there to explore with her being ‘a commoner’ and Jeff being the prince, once you add in Daphne who is scheming to get Jeff back it makes for a lot of tension. Unfortunately, this whole storyline went a different way and to be honest I do feel like it wasn’t quite as captivating as I was hoping. I also thought it was a shame that Jeff got kind of relegated to an almost non-existent character from someone who was so integral to the first book.

In a surprising turn of events, I ended up quite enjoying Daphne’s chapters you start to see a slightly different side to her and whilst she is still the love to hate character it was good to get a more rounded view of her personality. I don’t know if it makes me a slightly evil person to admit that I quite liked seeing her comeuppance, it’s not often that a book gives the antagonist what they hoped for and also what they deserved.

I am quite surprised that there won’t be another book, or maybe I’m just disappointed because there won’t be one and I have enjoyed these characters and their stories so much.

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American Royals

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