Book Review: The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

The Heir and the Spare

Title: The Heir and the Spare

Author: Emily Albright

Publisher: Merit Press

Pages: 288


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 thoughts…3/5 stars

This book was clearly a mix of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s love story but with a YA twist. If i were to compare this story, it would be between the real love story of the Duke and Duchess and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Which is okay if you love both. I love Kate and William but Anna and the French Kiss was average at best. And this story turned out to be quite average.

We have Evie who’s trying to figure out her past while also hopelessly falling in love with the spare Prince to the throne and then we have a Prince who’s absolutely smitten with Evie from the start. It was instant love. I know. I thought I didn’t have a problem with instant love until I read this book. The meet cute was so cliche.

“I’ve never met someone like you before.” He says to her after she tells him she loves museums and she’s not lying about it. (Not directly quoted but you get the gist)

Moving on, I thought Evie to be really annoying at first. She was very irrational–getting angry at a lot of things, saying random things, and being very awkward. Everyone loved her for some reason? She shows up and she gets welcomed into the crowd without any initiation or conversation for that matter.

Edmund (the prince) was more of a cardboard cut-out. He lacked uniqueness and was too perfect. When he got angry for a good reason, he would be the one crawling back to her and that just doesn’t make sense. I mean can you please stand up to what you believe in because you’re right!

Finally, this book wasn’t ALL bad. I cried a bit when Evie met her grandmother the first time because her grandmother was just a heartless cold person. However, you can subtly read that she regrets her decisions she made in her life and she’s trying her best to wrap up her business before she leaves the world.

AND CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT HOW THE BIGGEST SPOILER IS ACTUALLY ON THE BOOK? The summary was so good because it was kind of like what’s Evie’s secret and then you look at the freaking cover and go, “oh. Thanks.”



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