American Royals explores the idea of a monarchy in America. Beatrice, the perfect eldest daughter, is in line for the throne. Her parents are pressuring her to get married, but want her to pick from a small list of potential suitors. Samantha the next oldest. She and her twin Jeff love to party, but Sam endures the wrath of the press while her brother is adored. Nina is Samantha’s best friend and often feels overshadowed. She’s secretly in love with Jeff. And Daphne was Jeff’s girlfriend and she’ll do anything to get him back.
Honestly, this book didn’t do much for me. It’s an intriguing concept, a monarchy in America, but the author didn’t do much with it. The entire book was essentially a royal soap opera: entertaining, but nothing inspiring or new. Reading it was like watching a movie that plays in the background: you only do it because you have nothing better to do. That being said, it wasn’t entirely awful. The characters piqued my interest enough to keep me turning the page, and I already have the next book on hold (this one ends on a cliffhanger– I need to know what happens.) Some, like fans of the Selection Series, might really enjoy this book, but I’ve never been much of a romantic. Maybe that’s why I didn’t quite get the hype.