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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….
Title: Majesty (American Royals, #2)
Author: Katharine McGee
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Romance
The girls seem to do the same thing at the same time and it kinda confuses me. In the first book, they were all with the man they wanted to be with at the same time, and then they all broke up at the same time. This book has a similar effect just with something else. What’s the point of this? Is it to show that the girls are very similar to each other but different, in the end? I don’t think that I completely dislike it, but I could live without them all having the same storyline.
As usual, I’m super confused by Jeff and his character. His character just seems to do whatever is best for the storyline instead of acting as Jeff, a distinct person with the ability to make his own decisions. Perhaps we’ll see more of a person in the third book.
It felt like this happened to Nina a little in this book as well, but maybe that was just because we didn’t see as big of a character arc in her like the other girls.
I did like that we were able to see significant growth in each of the characters. For a second, I thought we were just going to be hit with the fact that they were different, but there was some gradual growth there. The most growth, however, seemed to come from Beatrice. The resolve and power that seemed to come from her told me she was beginning to understand what it meant to her to be queen.
I also liked the fact that each character, mostly the new ones or ones we didn’t get to know well in book one, seemed to have “another side” to them. I’m still not sure how I feel about exploring these depths in the form of new relationships. Part of me wishes we could have seen this depth and other sides of the characters through different methods and other parts of me are okay with how everything happened.
Overall, I have lots of mixed feelings from this book. I’m still trying to understand how I feel about all the new relationships and changes we’re seeing in the characters. I think most of it is for the best, but I still have an assortment of thoughts and feelings to go along with it all. I did enjoy reading the book though, which contributes to the higher rating. It was a good book, but in my opinion, not better than the first.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I only just found out that this series is actually a duology! Looks like there won’t be a third book. This book ended as if there was going to be a third book, that is to say very open-ended with lots of issues not resolved. I’m really sad about this and probably would have given it a lower rating based on this ending had I have known when I first read it. However, I’ll keep my rating and previous thoughts the same. Maybe, sometime in the future, we can get the third book. *fingers crossed*