Meghan and Harry. William and Kate. Who doesn't love following the Royals? In Katharine McGee's speculative novel American Royals, the United States has its own royal family, who are the descendants of George Washington. Princess Beatrice will be the first woman to ascend to the throne, younger sister Samantha is "the spare heir", and their brother, Prince Jefferson, is just dreamy. In alternating points of view, the royal offspring, along with two girls vying for Prince Jefferson's heart, weave a narrative of what it is to be a royal (or a royal wannabe). Beatrice, 21, has always been the perfect heir, but finds herself chafing under her parents' expectation that she find a suitable husband. Rebellious Samantha knows that nothing she does matters, and her exploits frequently land her in the tabloids. Jefferson, mostly known for his complicated love life, has recently dumped the girl whom the public adores for a commoner, but the ex-girlfriend has a plan to win him back. Lots of royal intrigue will satisfy fans of The Crown and Crazy Rich Asians.
Can't get enough of the ruling class? Try Royals by Rachel Hawkins. Sixteen-year-old Daisy's perfect sister is expected to marry Alex, the future king of Scotland, and the tabloids can't get enough of Daisy's "commoner" family. Hounded relentlessly by the press, Daisy travels across the pond, where she is expected to learn to fit in with the royal family. Instead, she falls in with the "Royal Wreckers," led by naughty Prince Sebastian, younger and hotter brother of the crown prince Alex. Hijinx ensue, and Daisy finds herself on the wrong side of the royal family. Enter Miles, best friend of Sebastian, who makes a perfect image-saving fake boyfriend for Daisy. Unfortunately, they can't stand each other. What's a reluctant almost-royal to do? Read Royals to find out!
If the darker side of royalty intrigues you--and I do mean darker--you might like Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood. In every generation in Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born. All three are equal heirs to the crown and each is a master of a different area of magic. Mirabella is able to control all of the elements. Katharine is a poisoner, who can ingest any poison without ill effects. Arsinoe has the ability to cultivate the most beautiful gardens and control the wildest of wild animals. But winning the throne isn’t determined by birth order. Each sister has to fight for it --- to the death. The day the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. Who will be the last queen standing? You won't know unless you read Three Dark Crowns.
Are you the type who likes to hear both sides of a story? If so, Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi is for you. Indian-American teen Dimple Shah is passionate about coding and living her best life as an independent woman. She doesn't understand why her parents are obsessed with finding her a suitable (read Indian) husband. Rishi Patel is a traditional kind of guy who doesn't mind the idea of arranged marriage. Doesn't sound like a match made in heaven, does it? When the two meet at a six-week coding camp (Dimple doesn't know their parents set her up, Rishi does), sparks fly. Not in a good way. Disaster seems imminent when they are assigned to complete a project together, but will these two opposites finally attract?
If you like the alternate history aspect of American Royals, try Michael Grant's Front Lines. Imagine World War II with female soldiers fighting on the front lines instead of men. It is 1942, and a recent court case has ruled that women are subject to the draft and eligible for combat. This story is told by three girls, each of whom sign up to fight for a very different reason. Rio Richlin fights to honor her sister; Frangie Marr's family depends on her for money and Rainy Schulterman just wants to kill Germans. These three brave young women will fight to defeat evil and save humanity, and in doing so, they discover themselves. The publisher claims that this book is perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity.