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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241365953
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

American Royals

Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl in this completely addictive and gloriously fun modern-day royal fairytale

HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She's the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties. It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She's demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first - no matter what her heart might really want.

But they're not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be 'newly noble' but she won Prince Jefferson's heart once, and she'll do anything to get back into the court's favour - and his bed. If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody - plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king's secretary.

Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. There's everything to play for - but there can only be one queen.

  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241365953
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for American Royals

If American History class had been about the Washington family, I would have paid much better attention. The lives of the American royal family will hook you in the very first pages and never let go. Katharine McGee does the remarkable thing of creating an alternate American world that is both relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive. What really shines is the perfect balance of blending real history and an imagined kingdom and creating a story that reads both like a fairy tale but also something utterly modern and fresh. I loved, loved, loved this book and can't wait for the next one.

Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars and Perfectionists series

Inventive, fresh, and deliciously romantic - American Royals is an absolute delight!

Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses series

With elegance, saucy secrets, and forbidden love, American Royals is fast-paced and utterly charming. Katharine McGee's prose sparkles, capturing the glamour and pressures of an American monarchy

Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

I really enjoyed this book. For me it was The Crown meets Gossip Girl which was always going to be a fun combination. The structure, pace and characterisation made this an easy and very enjoyable read.


There's enough palace intrigue, royal shenanigans, and even a smidgen of sex to satisfy anyone who loves a bit of gossip . . . An entertaining royal family modeled after the residents of Buckingham Palace.

Kirkus Reviews

McGee crafts a deliciously soapy American royal family . . . McGee's characters are well-crafted and flawed, giving the narrative emotional texture that elevates it above the dramatic formula

Publishers Weekly

A fun twist on history as we know it, and the ending will have readers hoping for a sequel

School Library Journal

For readers looking for intrigue-and for those who like their royal fever with a twist-this is a quick and delicious read


With the seemingly endless influx of new novels hitting the real and virtual bookshelves every day, the choice can seem overwhelming. But, occasionally a novel comes along with the promise of delivering escapism by way of a subject matter - royals, romance and a Gossip Girl-esque scandal - that is a no-brainer must-read . . . American Royals [is] just such a novel set to ignite and delight book clubs and literary-loving fans of The Princess Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Crown or even just the real-life British royals.

Vogue Australia

A fun, fast-paced read packed with drama, scandal and romance

The Sun

An addictive Jilly Cooperesque saga


Scandals, romance and betrayal abound [...] pure escapism

Mail on Sunday - 'Must-Read Books of the Year'

Relatable, believable, fantastical, aspirational, and completely addictive . . . I loved, loved, loved this book

Sara Shepard, author of Pretty Little Liars

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