Mini Book Review: The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright


Publisher: Merit Press
Published Date: January 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Series: Yes. #1 in Untitled Series
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Amazon and Goodreads

Goodreads Summary

Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

My Review

What got me interested in reading The Heir and the Spare is the “A common teen finds out they’re royal” storyline. I love that kind of plot! Princess Diaries is one of my favorite movies (Have not had the chance to read the series).

This was a good quick read, as I needed a break from some of the heavier books I’ve been reading lately. Was this book perfect? No. There were some problematic elements in the story and some of the characters (there were moments that Evie annoyed me), but overall, a good book to take a break with.

If you’re looking for a young romance in London, try this one out.

Rating: 3 STARS ~ A good book. I will probably recommend this.

3 thoughts on “Mini Book Review: The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

  1. I actually gave this book one star (REALLY disliked it), which is a shame because I do love that ‘common person finds out they’re royal’ storyline too! I’d recommend Princess Diaries way more — just funnier and way, WAY less problematic and irritating, in my opinion. 😛


    • I do need to read Princess Diaries! Thank you for reminding me 🙂 I loved the movies and I’ve been meaning to grab the books. Yeah, this book wasn’t perfect, but it was a nice change from all of the heavy fantasy I’ve been reading lately.


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