Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Heir and the Spare, by Emily Albright
Her mother's letters keep coming and they lead Evie to the realization that she is herself from a noble background. This is eminently convenient, as it removes the potential barrier of Evie the commoner trying to ingratiate herself with her prince. But it raises another problem: will the prince love her for who she is and not for her title?
An entertaining read, but ultimately silly and frivolous. While ostensibly about college-aged young people (and featuring some steamy -- but largely non-explicit -- romance), the mindset of the book is adolescent. From the fantasy of the cute unattached boy who is always available and obsequious in all ways, to the friends who always have Evie's back without any needs of their own, to the easily vanquished baddies, Evie and her world are a simple place. There's no need to study, no worries about money, and complete self-centricity. The only thing that matters in this book is whether the prince will kiss her or not.