How I Read It: Print
Dates Read: 9/7/20
How I Found It: Continuation in Series
This is a review for the second novel in a series. If you haven’t read the first novel, this post will contain spoilers. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book, you can see my post here, otherwise please read this review at your own discretion.
So here’s the thing, I just reread the review for American Royals since this is its sequel, and I am kinda disappointed with how I handled it. I definitely could have been more verbose about the book, so I’m going to be giving a much more detailed account of my reading experience.
So this story (and American Royals, since I described it so badly) is told from 4 women:
1) Daphne Deighton: The high-profile socialite ex-girlfriend of Prince Jefferson who is trying to rekindle her relationship with the prince in order to become a princess. She is willing to fight dirty, including using her romantic counterpoint, Ethan, to ruin Jefferson’s relationship with Nina, pushing him into Nina’s arms. When Daphne’s childhood friend, Himari, recovers from her coma (which Daphne caused, mind you), Daphne thinks that she got away with everything she did in order to get the crown. But karma finds a way of catching up to you.
2) Nina Gonzalez: Following her split with Jefferson followed by the death of the King, Nina is trying to be respectful for her grieving best friend. But soon Nina is back into the public appearances as Samantha’s best friend, but that still is a complicated part of her life. When Nina and Ethan connect for a school project, they start to develop a relationship. Since Ethan is Jefferson’s best friend, and Nina is Jefferson’s ex-girlfriend, things get complicated FAST. But juxtaposed with the reader’s knowledge that Ethan was talking to her for the sake of Daphne, it becomes a trainwreck of a situation that we know will be really bad, but we can’t look away.
3) Samantha Washington: Following Beatrice’s engagement to Teddy, Sam is looking for any way to not be the perfect heir. She ends up meeting Marshall, the heir to the Duke of Orange, who she forges a fake relationship with in order to make Teddy jealous. But soon, their relationship becomes more and more real, causing heart confusion. As Sam struggles with the new responsibilities as the heir, she is trying to find her place within the family, especially as a sister to Beatrice.
4) Beatrice Washington: Now that she is the queen of America, Beatrice is expected to marry her fianceé, Theodore “Teddy” Eaton. Following her breakup with her Revere Guard (the Secret Service of the monarchy), Connor, Bee finds herself falling for Teddy. But Bee is reminded at every turn that she is a woman as a monarch and that she will be a better monarch if she was married. Struggling to find her place as the monarch, Bee reveals more of herself to Teddy, causing them to fall more and more everyday.
Since it’s been a solid 7 months, which also included a pandemic, killer wasps, and protests, I reread American Royals to try and refresh myself with what happens. It took me a solid 3 days to get through the book (keep in mind that rereading books means that normally I can speed-read through books), with times where i felt like I read 50 pages in 2 minutes, and other times where I only picked up the book again because I wanted to finish. Now that I have the power of hindsight, I can tell you that I think that American Royals is a book that I really enjoy, but it isn’t a book that I could imagine picking up and rereading often (though I will definitely reread it if there ends up being a 3rd book, which I don’t think will happen, but I’m here for).
I read Majesty in one day. I didn’t feel the need to put down this book as often today, and that’s crazy because I had many things I also needed to get done around the house today. I think that the first book is great when you are just falling in love with the characters, but is hard to reread because once you know kinda the arc of the characters (assuming you remember them, which according to my friends, they normally don’t remember the books they read? Are they okay?), the characters are hard to re-fall in love with, if that makes sense. Since this was the first time reading Majesty, I think it was incredibly easy to find myself drawn in to all of these characters. I cannot guarantee that it would be this easy to delve into this story now that I know what happens in this story. And I’m not sure if anything I just said in the last two paragraphs made sense, but essentially, I’m not sure that these books are totally rereadable.
I was slightly disappointed that this book was not as stylistically marked as the first book. While I first book was red, white, and blue, this book was just blue. There also was not a crown embossed into the hardcover, which I’m embarrassed by how badly I wanted these markers. But I also realize I sound like a petulant child that didn’t get my way.
Quick spoiler warning: I truly would love for there to be a third book. I think now that Daphne is now completely alone, I would love for her storyline to progress. I also think we could know more about Nina’s break from Ethan and how that will change the dynamic in their relationship. Plus, I really like Marshall and Teddy, so sign me up for more Washington sisters love.
And we are back. Okay, so I rated the first book at 3.75 out of 5, and I think that the second book is better, so I am going to go with a 4-4.25 out of 5 for this book. I think this book has more of an ending, it flows better, and it’s connections between characters is much stronger.
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