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Read + Review: Majesty by Katharine McGee

In this sequel to American Royals, McGee defies all expectations. Reading the American Royals series, you are immersed in a monarchical America where George Washington’s ancestors rule. Majesty follows the Washington children and others within the royal circle while they navigate their lives with the scrutiny of the press ever-present. As Beatrice takes the throne of America in the aftermath of her father’s death, she must grapple with her future as the first female monarch as she reluctantly commits to her relationship with Teddy, her fiance. Sam is devastated that Beatrice, her sister, will be marrying her crush and decides to enact revenge. Daphne, an ambitious young woman who will do anything for the power that royals hold, pulls Sam’s twin Jeff into her villainous hold, while her dark secret threatens to end it all. Nina, a commoner, finds unexpected love post-Jeff while strengthening her friendship with Sam. As Beatrice’s fate looms above her, she must come to terms with her true feelings. Her siblings, on the other hand, must learn to choose what they value the most. This book will keep you on your toes with all of its unexpected twists and turns. Alongside its romantic exterior, Majesty delves into heavy topics, such as grief and misogyny, adding depth to the characters.

Though I enjoyed the book, it was disappointing when compared to its predecessor. Many relationships seemed rushed or forced, not natural when looking at the characters themselves. The story abandoned many plotlines or smoothed them over too easily. The characters, though nuanced, seemed a bit superficial at times. Most decisions were not made to strengthen the characters but rather to enhance a storyline that was rushed. Full of cliche tropes, this book had some sweet romantic moments but was full of predictable endings.

McGee highlights women in this book, writing solely from their point of view. She shows their strength and vulnerability, giving them a multifaceted intensity that many authors fail to enact. In Nina, a LatinX character who grew up with two moms, she includes a diverse viewpoint to exhibit the unique challenges minorities face. Majesty also explores the challenges Beatrice faces as the first female monarch. It highlights the systematic misogyny of America while supporting the strength of a female ruler.

Reviewed by Adhya, Twin Hickory Library

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