*We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Picking up a few weeks after American Royals left off, Beatrice is now the Queen of the United States of America…and she’s only in her early 20s. As she returns to D.C. after the family drama, she’s expected to get married right away– and not to the guy she wants to be with.
At the same time, Samantha is struggling with loss and the desire to break out of her sister’s spotlight now that she is the Heir to the American throne. Nina is getting over a break up and hopes to stay out of the spotlight after her relationship imploded. She’s hoping for a drama-free college experience. Then there’s Daphne– well, nothing much has changed with her, she still wants to be a princess. This social climber will do anything to reach the top.
After the death of the king, the lives of these four girls will never be the same. Now, they’re all figuring out how to move forward and achieve their goals, even if life keeps getting in the way.
Majesty follows the American Royal family, House of Washington, as they navigate the difficulties of monarchies in the 21st century.
Just like the first book, we had so much fun reading Majesty. McGee knows how to world build. Have you ever wondered what the United States would look like with a royal family? Well, alternate history is so fun for us as history buffs, so we loved picturing this alternate universe. Our hometown of DC still looks similar, except fancier!
McGee also knows how to keep her readers hooked. We were dying over the drama and couldn’t wait to see what stunt Daphne pulled next (if ya know, ya know!). Though this book followed the typical plot of “girl-and-boy-have-a-giant-misunderstanding-but-then-it-gets-resolved-with-some-meddling,” we were entertained and rooted for the girls to have their happy endings. We especially liked that Teddy got more of a personality in this book. He got a great edit and we grew to really like his character. Though we wish he hadn’t screwed Sam over, we felt that she really grew as a result of their tumultuous relationship in book 1. She was definitely the highlight of the book for us. Her character had the best romance, too. Just wait until you meet Marshall! We won’t spoil anything, but Sam deserves the best and she got it!
We actually really grew to feel bad for Daphne, as well. She clearly had no one in her corner, but that did not excuse her horrific behavior. Her ending was perhaps the least satisfying of the bunch. Jeff was by far the dullest character and he really had zero clue what was happening around him. He was so dense. We don’t blame Nina for kicking him to the curb in the last book. Nina also had a surprise man in her life and we enjoyed the slow-burn connection.
Speaking of romance, we were so surprised by the end results. Let’s just say that we didn’t expect any of the pairings in this book! Word of advice: keep an open mind. Some of the new pairings surprised us in the best way possible and we really enjoyed the new romances.
Finally: the ending. The ending to this series was bittersweet for us. As you know, we loved American Royals and had high expectations for this book. While it certainly did not let us down, we are sad that the ride is over. We wish there had been an epilogue that showed where all four girls were a few years from now. There were definitely a couple loose ends that needed tying up and left us thinking “this CANNOT be it?!” Think we can get McGee to write us a third book?! So McGee, if you’re reading this, we would love a book 3!