Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Book Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

Pages: 374
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date:  September 1, 2020
Publisher: Random House 
Source: Publisher for review
Other Books By Author: American Royals
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Goodreads says,"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..."



Majesty picks up where American Royals left off; Beatrice is planning a royal wedding and preparing to follow in her father's footsteps as the Queen.  Is America ready for its first Queen though? To make things a bit "easier" for all involved, she is going to marry the Duke of Boston's son, Teddy Eaton.   He is pretty great, but she isn't in love with him, not like she was with Connor.  But she knows deep down that their relationship can never be; he was her bodyguard! So, she throws herself into her royal duties.  Then there's her sister, Samantha, who has got a lot of drama surrounding her love life in this sequel as well as Sam's best friend, Nina.  Of course there's more from Daphne, who is still planning on winning over Beatrice's brother, Prince Jeff.  She will go to great lengths to get what she wants as we learned in American Royals.  If you are looking for a fun escape this fall, definitely give this series a try.  Majesty by Katharine McGee was such a fun follow-up and didn't disappoint.

McGee is able to juggle all the different points of view in Majesty very well. However, I found myself mostly interested in Beatrice's story.  Beatrice is trying to get over her first love, Connor; however, as the story progresses, she finds herself having real feelings for Teddy. I mean how could she not? He seems pretty great. Even I somehow ended up rooting for their relationship! 

Nina and Samantha's story in Majesty wasn't as compelling as the first book.  Nina is crushing on a new love interest (which is really complicated) and Samantha is deliciously dramatic in Majesty. She wants to make her ex jealous by dating someone new, so she and her new love interest have an arrangement.  Even though this is a common trope, I will admit this part of the novel was a lot of fun!

Then of course there's more from Daphne, the character I just love to hate. She is back at it with her sights set on Prince Jeff. We know from American Royals that she will do just about anything (even her parents' encourage this) to get what she wants. So cue all the scheming!

I love McGee's premise for this series. Imagine George Washington ended up as our crowned king; it's fun to explore this alternate universe and Majesty was a great escape from our current political climate.  If you enjoy all things Royal, I urge you to check out this delightful series.

Are you a fan of the American Royals series? If so, did you read Majesty yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.




  1. I can't wait to get back to all the drama in this series!

    1. It was such a good escape and much needed! Thanks for visiting, Angela! I hope you enjoy the book!


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