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The Heir and the Spare

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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  3,169 ratings  ·  571 reviews
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 ou
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 18th 2016 by Merit Press (first published December 4th 2015)
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Angélica The Royal We by Heather Cocks might be a good option. Also Paper Princess by Erin Watt has a similar plot. Hope it was useful!
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher.
*one character is described as being “mocha-skinned;” no points ever for describing POC skin with food
*lesbian couple tacked on at the end

I came for the cute and stayed because The Heir and the Spare was a review book. Solely because it was a review book. I had some hope at first that things would get better, but that hope was extinguished the first time I came across the words “Miss BitchyBoobsInYourFace” as a
Jen Malone
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was so super cute and fun!! I loved the premise and the story moved right along- I finished in one night. Kind of a Princess Diaries meets The Royal We:)
I've seen this book called a mash up of The Prince and Me and The Princess Diaries, and I've got to say, that wasn't too far off the mark. In The Heir and the Spare, American Evangeline Gray is set to go to Oxford University, on a sort of scavenger hunt left by her late mother. Since her mother died when she was 6, a letter has reached Evie every year on her birthday, giving her a last connection to her mother. When she starts to receive other ones, urging her to discover more about her family, ...more
Royal Hearts by Emily Albright is a sugar-sweet love story of Evie and Edmund. Evie comes from America to Oxford University and meets the attractive Edmund. But soon she finds out who Edmund is, which is a problem for Evie. Her life becomes more complicated, among other things because her mother shows her a secret that brings her closer to Edmund.
The book is a bit sad on one page, but also sweet and that's pretty much it. The characters are not very developed and the romance is kept to a minimu
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing

updated 1/11/16

Though it may not be clear when you take a look at my blog and the past books I've read, I'm a huge fan of the United Kingdom. I love shows that take place there (Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, to name a few) and I absolutely love music from British artists. So, obviously I was SUPER pumped to get the chance to be part of the blog tour for this book!

This wonderful novel follows Evie who just g
Tegan Wren
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review***

Wow...what a fun read! I was super excited to get to read this book and it did not disappoint. There are many things to love about this royal romance.

The first person storytelling worked very well because Evie has a strong, engaging voice. It was wonderful to have a front row seat as she was discovering the wider world, getting comfortable at a new school and new-to-her country, and figuring out some of her deceased mother's
I loved this! I stayed up until 3AM reading this. I've been on a William & Kate kick lately and this was just different enough from their story that I was still kept guessing. I loved the story of Evie's parents and how Evie learned about her mom's background. This book would fit well in both young adult and adult collections. I will be purchasing a copy for my library. ...more
Heather Fleet
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an endearingly sweet read. I loved the blooming relationship between Edmund and Evie, and, even with all the push and pull between them, I was an endless pile of swoon. It's like all my childhood princess fantasies had come to life between these pages! Definitely one I rec if you're in the mood for something a little lighter in the contemporary world. ...more
David James
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for royalty. And with a touch of diversity, this one made me smile. ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Heir and the Spare fits into one of my newfound favorite subgenres, romance with royals. I am by no means a royal watcher but, I do love these modern royal romance stories. I received a copy of The Heir and the Spare through Edelweiss and loved it. It is the story of Evie who is accepted at Oxford not only following in both her parents' footsteps but also following one of her mom's requests. Evie's mother gave her some really poignant and heartfelt letters that include some hints from her ti ...more
Kris Mehigan
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've always been a *royal watcher* ever since I woke up at zero-dark-thirty to watch Lady Di walk down the aisle to marry Prince Charles live on TV. So I'm the perfect reader for Ms. Albright's novel.

THE HEIR AND THE SPARE is like THE PRINCESS DIARIES goes to college. In Oxford. With Prince Harry (oops, I mean Edmund). And a quest.

What's not to love about this charming story with a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to hobnob with royalty? But it's not all gilt, gowns, and apres-ski...we
The Heir and the Spare was a cute book. It was honestly a fun book filled with some drama, romance, twists, and turns. It was also a super quick and easy read - I definitely feel like I flew through it and I definitely enjoyed the entire ride.

I adored Evie and Edmund. Their friendship to lovers romance was simply adorable. They definitely had a genuine relationship and the sweet moments shared between the two were basically everything to me.

Evie's sarcasm was on point. It probably made me love
I was super excited about this book. London is one of my favorite cities in the world, so of course I loved the premise and the cover.

I liked Evie well enough. When she wasn't fighting with Edmund, they were adorable together. The push and pull of their relationship got really old really fast. A lot of their problems would have been solved by better communication {she's 20, FFS} or common sense. I find it hard to believe that after a semester of hanging out and constantly studying together, she
Amy McKinley
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I was a fan from the very start.

Witty and bright Evie Gray never expected to receive mysterious letters from her deceased mother. Within the coveted scrawl lay a challenge, one Evie chose to accept by attending the University of Oxford, where her mom had also attended.

An American in a strange place, Evie soon made fast friends. Among them was Edmund—who she couldn’t get out of her mind. But amidst the sprawling majestic campus, her mom’s past began to unravel, and so did her future. W
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet romance full of swoons and sighs and heartbreak, but the HEA puts us back together by the end. Edmund is the prince of my dreams, and Evie's scavenger hunt to learn about her mother keeps the pages turning. It left me wanting to hop a plane to England. ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Things I liked:

It ended.

Things that were meh:

It had words.

Things I couldn't get behind:


Look, I'm not gonna lie. I hate read this book. I knew on the first page I was going to hate it, but sometimes you just gotta do things you don't like because you NEED TO KNOW YOU'RE ALIVE, RIGHT? WELL I NEEDED TO KNOW I WAS ALIVE. THIS BOOK IS SO AWFUL AND I'M GOING TO TELL YOU WHY IN MY RIGHTEOUS RAGE.

So let's start with the setting. This b
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really liked the overall premise of the story - Albright has hit on something unique with her premise. I think we've all wondered just how a fictionalized version of Prince Harry would react to his role in life.

However, the story and the writing just didn't cut it. Evie felt way, way too young for a nineteen/twenty-year-old. I kept feeling like I was reading the exploits of a young woman in high school, verses a young woman in college.

Also, Albright has clearly done zero research into how a
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Doesn't that premise sound adorable? It does, right? And so far as that aspect goes, it was. It was just the execution that I found almost unbearable.

For starters, I don't think the author did very much research, if any. I've never been to England, but I've read many books set there and watched many a travel show featuring England, and I think I could have done a better job with the slang and the attractions and the overall experience of an
Nicole M. Hewitt
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Heir and the Spare was a cute, quick read that gave me pretty much what it advertised – a fun take on modern day royalty and the pressures of living up to expectations, whatever they may be.

What I enjoyed:

Letters from Mom.
My favorite part of the book was the letters that Evie got from her mom and her quest to discover who she really was. Obviously, we kind of knew where it was all headed, but it was fun to watch E
Jessie Potts
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: rt-booklovers, arc
3.5-4 stars.

I couldn't decide it was a great read for a rainy English day yet certain things bothered me. The mystery was very easy to figure out (the title and picture duh!) I also didn't like that Evie had a boyfriend (ahem ex-boyfriend) in Seattle where they were just waiting to see 'if it worked out' since Evie didn't do long distance relationships. I wish that could have been tied up a bit nicer. I also didn't like how stubborn Evie was at times. I mean she was super relatable but did she r
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Evie Gray's deceased mother has left her a letter on everyone of Evie's birthdays, except this year it's different. This year it's more of a quest. Evie has to enroll in Oxford University (her father and mother's alma mater) and the quest will continue from there. Evie, being a clueless and American, meets Prince Edward Stuart, but has no clue who he is until after the fact. The two hit it off and become fast friends; Edward even helps Evie uncover the truth surrounding her past, which is also p ...more
It would've been better and far more intresting if what's written on the cover didn't spoil the entire plot .
With that being said It s still enjoyable and good light read if you're in a slump like myself :(
Emily Albright
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I had to give it 5 stars. ;) Hope you enjoy it!
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evie enrolled at Oxford as part of a quest her mother planned for her prior to her death. She wanted her daughter to uncover her roots, but Evie was lucky enough to make some amazing friends and fall in love along the way.

I won't lie, I bought this book years ago fully expecting allusions to William and Kate's romance, and not to worry, it was there. However, I felt that Albright took the story up a notch by including the storyline involving Evie's mother. Her mother had passed away many years p
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
Evie follows her mother’s letters in a P.S. I Love You fashion, which lead her to Oxford to uncover secrets she never could have imagined. At Oxford, she is immediately enveloped in a circle of friends that include Edmund, the prince. Despite his royal status, he takes a fancy toward Evie and together they unravel the secrets Evie’s mother kept from her.

This was an adorable book which is sure to capture any romantic’s heart. The romance kindled between Evie and Edmund began with a sweet, but sas
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute read! Anyone who has ever dreamed about dating or being royalty will be charmed by this romance. Evie is a smart, strong heroine, who has pursued her dream of going to Oxford, only to find out Edmund, the boy she's crushing on, might be a little out of her league. As in, he's an actual prince, out of her league. Despite knowing Edmund's family would never let them be together, the pair can't help falling for one another, and I fell completely for Edmund.

Probably one of my fa
Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
3.5/5 ⭐️'s This was a really fun read. It was like a mix of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We. ...more
this kinda exceeded my expectations.

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Hazel (Stay Bookish)
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The last time I read a book with modern royals was a complete disaster. I ended up being royally disappointed by Royally Lost.

So when I came upon The Heir and the Spare, I hoped that it could restore my faith in YA romance novels with swoony contemporary princes. I'll get into my verdict on that later. Now, let me tell you my thoughts on this book.

The Oxford Girl
Evangeline Gray, the protagonist, was born and raised in America. A letter from her departed
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
(This one I would list as NA instead of YA as the characters are in college.)

THE HEIR AND THE SPARE started off fairly well. I liked the idea that the main character, Evie, was following letters from her deceased mother to learn about her lineage. It was sweet. I liked the relationship between her and her father as well. I also liked that even though she is in a completely new place, at a new school, she still has some backbone and confidence. I also liked the initial interactions with Edmund an
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Emily Albright is the author of EVERYDAY MAGIC and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, both available now from Simon Pulse. Her next novel PERFECT HARMONY will release 9.25.2018.

She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).

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“Edmund stood up quickly and cupped my face in his hands. His thumb traced the track of my tear, wiping it away and sending shivers through me. “Are you crying?” I sighed. “Yes, I’m crying.” My voice didn’t sound right thanks to my plugged nose. “It’s been a really rough day and I’d just like to be left alone. So, can you go?” I feebly pushed against his chest. “Evie,” he whispered, my name a plea. “Please, tell me I’m not the reason you’re crying?” The way he looked at me made me want to bawl even more. From his face, I could tell the idea that he’d made me cry was torturous. I looked up at him, wanting him closer and hating myself for it. “Today was really crappy and yes, you’re part of that.” I pulled my face away from his hand. “But you’re far from the only reason.” He pulled me into his arms and kissed my forehead. “I’m so sorry. I never wanted to make you cry. I was a complete arse.” “Yes, you were.” He leaned me back and smiled softly. “Well, at least we can agree.” 2 likes
“Oh my God. It hit me in a dizzying rush. I love him. The colorful room tilted in my vision. I’m in love with him. There was no going back; I was in too far and felt too much. I wanted him. There was only one option: take the leap, enjoy the ride down, and pray the landing didn’t kill me. My heart’s going to get so mangled.” 1 likes
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