Majesty

Part of Series:American Royals #2
Published Date:1st Sep 2020
Publisher:Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN:9781984830210
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:374 Pages
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About Katharine McGee
Katharine McGee is the New York Times bestselling author of American Royals and The Thousandth Floor trilogy. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. She lives in her hometown of Houston, TX with her husband.

Majesty Overview

Is America ready for its first queen?

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 Reviews

  • Whhhaaatttt theeeee heeeecccck juuuuust happpeeeneeedd?is that all? No, it can’t! This must be a prank, right? This cannot be the real book! No! No! Noooooooooooooooo! ( a few denying hours later) Yes, my friends, unfortunately this book is real. During my reading, I thought I would find a chapter telling us this was all a bad dream and real story would start up sooner with better conclusion but that chapter never appeared! I wrote an extremely unpopular review to the first book cause I found the world building nonsense and the girls’ sisterhood dynamic were faker than Kardashian sisters ( maybe author plans to write a sequel named: “Nina and Samantha take Washington.”to clear the messy storylines she recently destroyed in this book but I’m not really hopeful she can!!!) I was thinking maybe this time the characters start magically growing on me. And there were some unresolved angst and lovely blooming relationships between them which gave me enough hope the second installment would be better! But the author decided to do something so radical and killed those relationships we’d pleased to see their HEAs and the create the most nonsense and illogical couples! Yes, the couples we we’re introduced at the first novel are separated and matched with not so compatible characters. I felt like somebody hacked the author’s manuscript and changed the entire storyline ( hacker might be a ex screenwriter who was writing the worst drafts and got fired from her/his daytime soap opera gig! ) for revenge and poor author has no idea the released version of her unique work! It’s the only explanation I can find! Only reliable character from the beginning of the duology is Daphne. At least she was mean, disgusting, shitty person and she never surprises us as bu turning into a gold hearted sweetheart! She plays her mind games and with her detailed devilish schemes, she gets the guy. Poor foolish Ethan has no idea he was manipulated by her to dare with Nina! Yes, Nina and Ethan became the unreliable couple with no chemistry, love sparks, nada!And as soon as the author flipped her fingers, Beatrice also turns into a lovesick puppy who adores her sibling’s ex! I cannot take any more! I’m gonna stop here! My notes:-I thought the first book was disappointment but this one is extremely truly heartbreakingly disappointment!-I don’t know this is a good or bad news but this is final book. Is there a chance the author can save the destroyed storylines of the lovely couples? ( Big and bold NOOOOO!!!) -Do we get the satisfying conclusion? I didn’t! I hope you think otherwise. -I wish my future self would come to save me before I started my reading and delete the digital copy from my e-reader! But my lazy future self still watches last episode of “The Boys” on the Amazon prime, nursing her Pinot Grigio, already forgetting this book! That’s why I plan to do! My future self is always wiser than me! I am gonna act like I never read this book and I never wrote this review !
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  • If you're looking for a fun and quick read Young Adult Romance, you can try this series. The first book is American Royals. I was little worried how this book going to turn out. I didn't expect it to be so good and it didn't disappoint! All of my favorite characters are back and this time they a little bit more matured than they were in the first book. A lot of soapy drama and the world building was just good. Sometimes I felt like the pacing was off and that bothered me. Beatrice is now a queen after her father died. I liked her character in this book and I think she is now my favorite. Not to forget I liked how Samantha's character developed. If you're rooting for Beatrice and Teddy, you might love this book because they're spending a lot of time together in this one. Other characters like Nina and Daphne were just okay. Daphne is still annoying, though. Jeff is the only character that I don't care as much anymore. Like his character was underdeveloped. Jeff could be better if there's another installment in this series.The ending left me unanswered questions. I hope there's a book 3 coming out soon. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book because it was a fun read.Thank you, Times Reads for sending me a copy of Majesty in return for an honest review. This book is available at all good bookstores.
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  • This was just SO fun. Better than the first.
  • The main reason I didn't enjoy this was just because IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY GO ANYWHEREThe only character that had any sort of resolution was Daphne, and she did not deserve to - the others are all more or less stuck in their loops of anxiety? And I feel like some characters like Jeff were just horribly mistreated here.
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  • My only complaint: Not enough Jeff.No, but seriously. This series is so much fun. It’s light and entertaining, like watching a cheesy tv show. I wasn’t expecting many turns and my ships haven’t sailed as I wanted to, but the road is worth it. Those books don’t have the most beautiful prose nor the most original story line or characters, but I always have the most fun reading it.UPDATE: I have been told this was a duology... So I am lowering my rating to 3 stars because THIS ISN’T A CONCLUSION. WHAT WAS THAT ENDING. WHAT HAPPENED TO JEFF. AND CONNOR. AND-
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  • This followup was perfection! I expected some soapy fun a la Gossip Girl, and it certainly delivered that. But it also went in directions I didn't expect and I LOVED the ending for all of the characters. And I would read more in this world if she wants to write it. Just saying... I can't talk too much about this one without spoilers, but I will offer a few thoughts. - Book 1 kind of glossed over the impact that slavery and the colonization of America & treatment of Native people would have on this alternate version of the U.S., but I'm happy to say this book course corrected in a significant way. A major side character is introduced who is a Black member of the nobility which opens the door for discussions of what happened after emancipation. Also, members of the royal family acknowledge the damage their ancestors did through colonization and the enslavement of people.- Without saying too much, I loved that some of the themes of this book are finding your inner strength and being who you want to be- resisting misogyny, racism, and elitism. I loved the way that it handled storylines in that vein.- Some of the endings might be polarizing, but I thought they were perfect. The author didn't do what I expected in the best possible way.- In many ways this felt realistic to peoples actual experiences of relationships, i.e. (view spoiler)[ not staying with your first love, going through difficult breakups, finding a new person (hide spoiler)] and I was HERE for it!This was an easy 5 stars and such a pleasant surprise. I expected to have a good time with this, but it gave me more than I expected. I received an audio review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Utterly delectable. But how dare people tell me there won’t be a third in the series!?!? How can this BE?
  • ✯ [2.5/5] ✯The first book of this series made me enter a crazy need for read all the contemporary royalty romances I could find, but this one was a let down for me. And I will say this: the author still has an amazing writing style, I read this really fast and loved every second of it (until the middle and end parts). Truly this feels like a middle book and not an ending! I was so disappointed with Nina storyline in this one, I really disliked where this went. Beatrice parts were nice to read but I think the romance that It was introduced didn't make sense (for me at least, but I didn't like neither of her romances so...). Samantha chapters were amazing, she deserved this new romance, and I will say and repeat it: this book was worth it because of her chapters. And Daphne was annoying as ever, I really liked that we had more depth to her character, I just hated her and her last chapter was the worst.So yes... I really hope the author changes her mind and makes a third novel!
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  • More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind The Old Switcheroo Imagine reading a first book in a series where you spent the entire book getting attached to the characters and their relationships with each other. Imagine that the focus of the book was the romantic relationships, there are several of them, and they’re all built up over the course of 300 pages. There’s angst, there’s pinning, there’s miscommunication and SO MANY OBSTACLES, but they’re all in love and they have to eventually end up together, right? Because everyone has great chemistry with each other and it works. And it’s fun. That’s American Royals for you.Now imagine the second book in this series showing you a huge middle finger and doing the old switcheroo with everyone’s love interest. Scrap everything that happened in the first book – the relationships developed? WHO NEEDS THEM. The character arcs? NO ONE CARES. Out with the things that make sense, and in with absolute nonsense. That was American Royals 2.At the beginning of the novel, all of the previously established pairings and ships just get abolished, and everyone gets paired up with a new person, that was previously someone else’s partner. I think this made the first book obsolete and moreover, it made everything feel incredibly forced and contrived.I absolutely loved Beatrice and Connor’s relationship in the first book. And we spent the whole of the first book rooting for them. More importantly, it made sense for Beatrice and Connor to fall for each other. It was believable and it felt very organic. Moreover, this relationship was juxtaposed with the fact that Beatrice was supposed to marry Teddy, which she felt absolutely nothing for, which made the whole dynamic really interesting. But for some godforsaken reason, the other decided that is not interesting enough, so Connor was out and Beatrice falls in love with Teddy. WHY? Beats me.Same goes for all the other characters. Ethan and Nina were an atrociously bad coupling, that had nothing going for itself, and was used as this supposedly juicy and controversial pairing (on the count of Nina being in love with Ethan’s best friend like a week ago). This was probably my least favorite of all the new dynamics we got, because it was so boring, it had no chemistry and I just kept thinking WHY. WHAT WAS THE REASON. Sam got a new love interest at least, which is better than her dating her sister’s boyfriend but still, her relationship was just as uninspired as the rest of them. I Love When Things Make Zero Sense This book succeeded at one thing – it made me hate all of the characters. I just think they made zero sense and as if they got a retouch of their personality from someone who has not used Photoshop before and is like gRaPhIc DeSiGn iS mY pAsSiOn.Beatrice was such an interesting character in the first book, with her inner struggle between everyone’s expectations and her wanting to live her own life, but in this sequel she just became a character that swooned over Teddy and had this meek, annoying approach to everything. The author also decided to sideline Jeff as a character in this book, which was annoying on a lot of levels, since he is important to every other character in the novel. Nina was such a bland, uninteresting PoV, made insufferable by her relationship with Ethan.Most frustratingly, I hated that Daphne’s character was so bad. She is like a mean girl in the first book, but you keep seeing this complex side to her, and her trying to compensate feeling worthless by becoming someone important. I think she was a really interesting character, and this book said fuck that. Daphne goes through no growth, ends up in the same place, does not learn and she deserved better than an ending in which she ends up with a person she does not love, being unhappy despite finally getting what she wants. It was such a sad ending to her arc. I mourn for her character. There was so much potential for the narrative to give her what she deserves while still letting her grow. Instead, we got her still being awful and yet she gets all that she wanted. But she’s sad. The point eludes me.An Unsatisfying Ending Is Putting It Lightly I think it’s obvious that this was supposed to be a trilogy and then something fell through. The ending was so unsatisfying and I really felt like no one of the characters ended up where they were supposed to. Moreover, a lot of them felt like they ended up back where we started, as if they had no character arc at all. There was a tone of stuff that was left unresolved and even the attempts to wrap somethings up were so poorly handled. The dialogue in this book also felt so contrived, and fake and stilted, it was so annoying to read and left such an unsatisfying feeling overall. If You’re Gonna Do Something, Do It Right This book also made some really lame attempts to handle some important topics, such as race and feminism. Firstly, the way this book tries so hard to make some supposed feminist statements and then frames them as these amazing, groundbreaking things really hurt my head.This book also decided to introduce a Black character and did a lot of things poorly in that aspect. First of all, when we meet Marshall, Samantha introduces him by saying that his family was born into slavery and that they joined the kingdom after the abolition of slavery, and the whole discussion ends there. However, it really begs the question who were the slave owners if not the royal family. Supposedly, Washington became king instead of president and there’s a royal family now, but I feel like there was a discussion here that needed to be engaged and it was not. I feel like Samantha had to acknowledge and engage with her privilege there, but that just did not happen. She is also painfully unaware how the press might treat Marshall because he is Black and yet she is also represented as this woke queen that is dragging the monarchy into the 21st century. There was also a bit at the end that where Beatrice applauded Sam for being so inspirational to her people and stressing that it’s nice that she is dating Marshall because it would be nice for their family to represent the nation. As if Marshall is a token to be paraded around for the fucking royal family. It was just kind of gross to be honest. To Sum Up One of the most disappointing books I have ever read. I am sad and I might go cry now. I received an eARC of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 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  • I'm not going to talk at length about this installment because in a lot of ways this shares some of the same issues as the first book does. If you were on the fence about American Royals I don't think that Majesty is all too concerned with winning people over. The character dynamics are a little less involved this go 'round because the pieces are pretty much set for where they need to be. That doesn't mean that this book is as smooth sailing as it led me to believe and while in a different story the number of third act shifts might have annoyed me, here I was only fueled to continue on and see what was going to happen.I don't agree with where certain characters ended up or what happened to them, but I did enjoy watching them on this journey. Part of me will always be sad this series is only two books but each one was such a trip that it's hard for me to be too bitter. As a sequel I think that Majesty did everything it needed to do to live up to my love of the first book and conclude the story. If you haven't already placed a preorder or hold at your library I would highly encourage you to fix that as soon as possible.
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  • The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 StarsFull review HEREBefore starting this book I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen in the main romantic relationships. Well, Boo boo the fool here to tell you that I didn't know anything and that I didn't expect the author to flip the tables like this! I want this review to be spoiler free because I don't want to ruin the fun for anyone, but just be ready for what's going down in this book.I enjoyed reading the inner feelings and thoughts of the four POVs, apart from Daphne that I literally cannot stand, the girl is so manipulative. I believe that Beatrice was probably the one character who got to shine the most in this novel, the book totally revolved around her. Samantha did have some pretty good scenes, but in regards to Nina I truly feel like she was left out for most of the time and I was so sorry to see that.The story was very fast-paced, maybe too much for my taste just because I feel like I didn't get the needed time to absorb what was actually happening in the story, it was just one thing after the other. But it was still a fun and very entertaining read and if you've already read American Royals, the first book in the series, then you should totally check this out!
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  • "As if she wasn't a young woman at all, but a queen." Summary Majesty kicks off six weeks after the tumultuous end of American Royals in the aftermath of the shocking events. Beatrice has had to choose between duty and heart. Sam is stuck between being true to herself and living in Beatrice's shadow. Jeff is still stuck between the two girls vying for his attention - Nina and Daphne. While Nina is trying to move on from the events of six weeks ago, Daphne will do anything to claw her way back in to Jeff's- and America's - heart. Review This was a thoroughly enjoyable sequel! I had just as much fun reading this one as I did the first book. There is so much juicy drama and fun plot twists. This truly feels like a Gossip Girl-esque novel set to the backdrop of something wholly unique - the American monarchy. Part of what makes this duology so fun is the royalty set among typical American imagery. It's fun to imagine what would have happened had American been a monarchy - and the drama that would follow a very American royal family around.It felt like there was a complete switch around of love interests and yet it never felt forced. The twists and turns of the relationships were definitely one of the most fun aspects for me! This follow up novel managed to keep the spirit of the first one, but switch it up in a way that kept it fun and not repetitive.If you're looking for a fun read this is definitely a book for you!
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  • THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by Random House Children's through NetGalley.1.5 stars ✨Buckle up kids, you’re in for one hell of a review.If I was going to predict my biggest disappointment of the year, Majesty would never have even crossed my mind. I’m a huge fan of Katherine McGee’s books: they’re full of delicious drama, juicy secrets, complex characters, and angsty romance. I absolutely adored American Royals and I was really looking forward to reading this sequel. Reading Majesty felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. This book was not anything close to what I had been expecting and I’m still not sure what the fuck I read.I’m going to try to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but I have to divulge some major plot points in order to explain what went so wrong with this book. So if you want to go into Majesty completely blind, I would just skip this review altogether.The first major issue with the book are the romances. If you, like me, think you are going to go into this book with the expectation that the characters are going to work through the angst and mend the relationships left broken by the end of American Royals, you will be extremely disappointed. The characters basically play roulette with each other’s partners. This is one of the most frustrating things to me when reading a sequel. Why spend the first book developing relationships and building up the reader’s interest in those relationships only to completely dissolve them all? I’ve already become invested in the relationships introduced in the first book, so not only am I going to be upset with the sudden change of heart, but I’m going to spend my entire time reading actively rooting against them.My second issue was with the characters. I felt like they all had a major personality make-over. As with American Royals, this book is also told through the four POVs of Beatrice, Samantha, Nina, and Daphne.Beatrice – I really loved her in American Royals. I could not stand her in Majesty. In the first book, a majority of her chapters were focused on her struggle between her desires and the expectations of her. All of her chapters here were dedicated to her swooning over Teddy. I will never enjoy reading about a relationship in which the character suddenly develops feelings for their sibling’s ex. Like, it’s a Big No for me when I read. So reading her chapters and her blooming relationship with Teddy was just nauseating. I skimmed most of them. (view spoiler)[Beatrice and Teddy ~fall in love~ and both fuck over Sam and get a free pass? Miss me with that bullshit. (hide spoiler)]Samantha – Opposite of her sister, I actually enjoyed her chapters much more this time. In fact, I would argue that her POV was probably my favorite. I was definitely more sympathetic towards her and began to better understand her as a person. Of all the romances introduced, hers was the only one I enjoyed.Nina – She honestly felt so, blah. There was nothing to her character in this book. First of all, she barely had any page time. And whatever page time she did have was solely dedicated to her romantic feelings. She was my favorite character in American Royals, but I hardly gave her a second thought her because she was scarcely present. (view spoiler)[Can we talk about how much I hate her and Ethan together? Their romance was so unconvincing. It was like they were forced together to make the readers forget about Jeff. Also, as a reader I was so invested in her and Jeff in the previous book and expected a lot more angst and pining in this one. But they literally only speak twice, once off page, and don't give each other another thought. WHAT IN THE HELL. It's like their relationship was completely scrapped and forgotten about to make way for the next thing. (hide spoiler)]Daphne – The only character who remained the same. She’s still horrible. I still hate her. I’m still waiting for her conniving, scheming self to be revealed to everyone who holds her in such high esteem. And her last chapter? What the fuck kind of ending is this? Her shenanigans are never addressed and basically she gets everything she ever wanted? (view spoiler)[Jeff all of a sudden decides he's in love with her again and wants to give them another shot. He never learns about all the things she did to Nina. He (or anyone) never learns about her and Ethan. He never learns that she manipulated Ethan into dating Nina. (hide spoiler)] Jefferson was basically nonexistent. You honestly could have replaced him with a doormat and it would have made no difference to the story. And when he did appear, he pulled a complete 180 towards the end of the book. After everything he went through to be with Nina, now all of a sudden he believes himself in love with Daphne. Gag me.And last but not least: the fact that apparently this is the last book? I was under the impression that this was a trilogy, not a duology, but the author herself stated that this was the final book. If this was only the second book of a trilogy, a lot of my complaints wouldn’t seem so severe. However, as a conclusion to the series Majesty feels grossly incomplete, underwhelming, and lacking. I am shocked that this was written the way it was to be the final book. Nothing has been wrapped up plot-wise. There are multiple loose ends, things left unsaid, broken relationships, and incomplete storylines. The reader is left with so many questions.2020 really did me dirty with this book. Reading Majesty felt like I had wandered into a parallel universe and read a completely different story. Who are these characters? Who are these romances? While I still encourage anyone who enjoyed American Royals to read this for yourself to form your own opinions, I would caution you to curb your enthusiasm and check your expectations.
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  • Its been two weeks since i finished this and im still mad at this book, if i write a review then its just gonnna be me complaining hehe....So I finished this and I'm really disappointed. RTCEdit: I honestly want to cry my expectations were so high and nothing went the way I wanted to *sobs*________________________________________________________Update 3, the same day: I HAVE THE BOOK BYE SEE YALL WHEN IM FINISHEDUpdate 2: It is now Tuesday and I just got an email saying they have sent out my book to me and it is on its way, I'm sooooooooo exiiiiteeeeedUpdate: they didnt have this at the bookstore so i had to order it online, if im lucky ill get it on friday *fingers crossed* Someone give me this book NOW I don’t want to wait I’ve waited long enoughAlso the fact that this book only has 320 pages is really making me worried
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  • I was thrilled to get this e-ARC from Random House Children’s and NetGalley! I loved the first book in the series, AMERICAN ROYALS, and must say the sequel MAJESTY is delicious, with fully fleshed characters and a narrative that cries “trilogy.” Why do some books engross us for hours, leaving us wanting more when the last page is turned? For me, characters are key. I’ve grown to care about heir to the American throne Beatrice, her twin siblings Jeff and Samantha, their intoxicating love interests, even bad girl Daphne. In MAJESTY they mature, with strengths and flaws even more exposed. Some have called the series a soap opera. I find it filled with wisdom about relationships — families, friendships, love — and pressing issues of race, gender, and power.As in the first book, MAJESTY’s ending left me breathless, with big questions still unanswered. I pray the author is hard at work on Book Three. Hurry, Katharine, your subjects ... er ... fans are waiting! Pub Date 01 Sep 2020Huge hugs again to Random House Children’s and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. P.S. Adore that cover!#AmericanRoyalsIIMajesty #NetGalley
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  • Majesty Rating: 4/5Great news...THE SEQUEL DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Beatrice, Sam, Daphne, and Nina are back in all their royal glory as they adjust to their new roles and relationships in life after the death of King George. Since this book doesn't come out for a couple months, here is my spoiler free review of what I liked and didn't like about the four main leading ladies in Majesty. Beatrice - She is as majestic as ever and she makes me yearn for a day when the US will have a strong and competent woman running the country. Her story arc is great and I loved watching her character develop as she dealt with the grief of losing her father, coming into her own as a ruler, working against powerful old white men that think they can do her job better than she can, and dealing with a complicated relationship situation. She was the definition of poise and was easily my favorite character this book. Sam - Sam started off Majesty being a whiny 18 year-old who throws a tantrum because she didn't get what she wanted, but she grows up through out the book. As expected, her shenanigans and relationship with her boy of choice was entertaining!Daphne - Damn...Daphne is as scheming, conniving, and ruthless as ever in Majesty. AND I LOVED IT. Though Daphne's intentions to "marry Prince Jefferson" are annoying, i still admire how she goes after what she wants. Well not the most likable character, she is the most interesting. Daphne did have some unexpected moments of clarity in Majesty that I think readers will enjoy. Nina - Nina's arc was disappointing. It felt like her character was only used to advance the plot of Daphne's arc. I didn't see enough of the outsider with a kickin' personality that I enjoyed in the first book. Now that I've talked about the ladies, I'd be reminisced if I didn't talk about the hunky lads. The love interests for all these ladies were fantastic (except Jefferson...he is an idiot). Based off the first book, the women didn't always end up with the people I expected them too, but I was pleasantly suprised by the coupling in Majesty. Overall, Majesty is a solid sequel that I think fans of American Royals will enjoy! If you decide to read Majesty, a couple non-spoiler scenes you have to look forward too include a scandalous pool party for two, the threat of Daphne's deepest secrets being revealed, and a truly wild Royal Wedding. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for Young Readers for the egalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this ARC! I’ve been aching to find out what happens to Bea, Sam, Nina, and all of the gang since finishing AMERICAN ROYALS and MAJESTY did not disappoint! Seeing Beatrice’s transformation from heir to Queen was inspiring and all of the romance left me reeling! A terrific follow-up!
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  • Y'all, I have been on A Journey™ this evening. I got an ARC of Majesty earlier today (there is a God and she is a woman named Random House), casually yelped and scared my poor mother (whom I'm quarantining with), and read the entire novel in a single sitting without getting up. My butt and my heart hurt.I'm just gonna say it: I really liked American Royals, but I loved this sequel more. Ending the first book on a cliffhanger was a risk, and to be honest, I was afraid that Majesty was going to be predictable and drawn out. But the upside of Katharine McGee giving these characters more room to breathe is that this novel wasn't about establishing who they were; instead, it was all about who they needed to become.I don't want to spoil anything, but for real: There's no way in hell you can guess what happens going into this book. Brb my heart is still screaming.
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  • If there is not a scene when Nina runs into the chapel during Daphne and Jefferson's wedding and exposes Daphne for the snake she is, I am going to cry.
  • Katharine McGee writes a DAMN good story.