If you want the glamour of royalty and the drama of every day families with ambitions, fears, and love affairs, this is the story for you! Told through four different point of views (Beatrice, the heir; Samantha, the spare; Daphne, the manipulator; Nina, the best friend) you see the various aspects of life in a fictional monarchy. If America ever did have a royal family, this is pretty spot on to how I think it would be.
There are plenty of things I loved about this book, but first, here is the blurb (courtesty of GOODREADS):
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.
Nobody cares about the spare except when she's breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.
And then there's Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson. If he'd been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
Author Katherine McGee weaves a fun, captivating and surprisingly real picture of what America's royal family could look like. A dedicated but uncertain heir is faced with her future; the future she wants, versus the one expected of her. It shows the struggle royals may face when trying to balance their job, and their true self, the two always colliding.
One thing I noticed lacking, was the corruption factor. Not to be pessimistic, but no government, or royal family in history, has been without corruption. Sure, there is no shortage of drama, but much of it (in reality, all of it) is wrapped up in the characters love lives, and the place as a monarch seems surprisingly without conflict. In that, I wasn't able to give this book the full five stars.
Also, for the first few chapters, I found myself thinking 'telling', 'info dumping', 'tangent'. All the things authors are told NOT to do, where found in the first few chapters of this book. Yes, it cleans up as it moves on, but after spending years learning the craft, it is almost grating to find broken rules in a NYT bestseller.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and will definitely be buying the second, since book one ended on a HELL of a cliffhanger!
All writers belong to a club. The plotters, the pantsers, and, as Fallon DeMornay call it, the Pantyliners! Some of us need to plot every aspect of our stories, using charts, story boards, or whatever means work for us. Others just sit at the computer and let the world pour forth. And then, there is a place somewhere in between.
None are right, and none are wrong. There isn't one that is better than the other, or more likely to lead to success. It is all about finding what works for you, and will help you tell your story.
These writers like organization. They like rules, structure and control. I am definitely a plotter, and find that by planning ahead, I can catch plot holes or conflicts in my story before I get too far into the tale, and write myself into a corner.
Plotters use outlines to plan their stories, whether it is through a story board, or on their computer. For me, I write the blurb for the tale (a short summary that gives the GMCs and main aspects in a paragraph or two) then break the story down chapter by chapter. Here, I can see at a glance the character development, plot arc, and any issues that may arise before I write them in full.
Some plotters use index cards where they breakdown the plot, characters and development. All this is done before you place a single word on the pages of your manuscript. A lot of the work is done upfront. This may cost you in time if you are on a deadline, or if you spend too much time on the plot, and never get to actually writing the story itself.
Free spirit, fly by the seat of your pants, and let the wind take you where it will are descriptors of a pantser. There are benefits to pantsing, as you just go with the flow and allow for the natural progression, but it could cause you to miss key elements of a story, or drag your pacing.
Let the words flow, and get on the page. If you are a pantser, it is all about that first draft, and the 'rules' will come later during the editing phase.
For those that fall somewhere in between pantsing and plotting, you are a pantyliner. I am definitely in this group, as I do outline my stories, but when it comes to writing, I follow a natural flow and let the characters dictate. Since I have an outline, it is fluid document that can change as the story itself changes. Like I said, you can catch issues as you move through the story. If you have an ending in mind, one that you want to make sure you reach, you can adapt the chapters as needed through this process.
You probably have an opening, ending or certain scenes in your mind, but everything in between just happens. Your story arc and character development remains at the forefront, but isn't as stringent as with hardcore plotters.