Since the beginning of time, tales have been told about Eden. But all the stories are wrong.
Running parallel alongside Earth, but never touching, there exists not just a garden, but an entire world of vivid colours and breathtaking beauty where the Seraph reside.
Jazmine has lived in ten different foster homes, in ten different towns and all her life she has felt like she doesn’t belong – not in the trailer park which happens to be foster home number ten, not anywhere on Earth.
After a universe shattering revelation, she discovers why. Far from being the nothing and no one, with no past and no future, that Jazmine had always believed herself to be, she discovers that she is in fact an heir to one of the seven remaining Seraph Dynasties.
She is Jazmine Evenstar, the last heir to the sovereign Evenstar Dynasty.
Thrust into the world of wealth and privilege in which the impossibly beautiful and equally cruel Dynasty heirs reside, Jazmine is forced to manoeuvre the tangled web that holds the Dynasties together.
Against the backdrop of breathtaking star filled nights, sweeping coastlines, grand marble halls and decadent palaces, Jazmine tries to find her place in this beautiful new world whilst fighting not to lose herself in the process.
But the fairy tale quickly unravels.
Half human and the illegitimate daughter of the late suicide King of Eden, the other Dynasty heirs make it clear that Jazmine does not belong in their world.
Raphael St. Tristan, heir to the rival sovereign St. Tristan Dynasty and next in line to the throne of Eden, the guy with the face of an angel but who is as wicked as the devil himself, promises to break her.
Jazmine quickly learns that the beauty of Eden is nothing but a deception as she uncovers the secrets festering at the heart of it. But can she disentangle herself from the web of deception and intrigue that the Dynasty heirs have spun? Can she stop herself from falling into Raphael St. Tristan’s trap before he can fulfil his promise to shatter her completely? Or are those stories about Eden true after all and will she be foolish enough to taste the forbidden fruit that is Eden itself?
Secret Heir is part of the Dynasty series by M.J. Prince.
Jazmine works very hard towards a new future, waiting for the moment when she can leave her current foster home. Her world shifts when she finds herself taken to a parallel realm, one where she is an heir to the Evenstar Dynasty.
Right off the bat, I got this Mean Girls meets Heroes vibe. Jazmine wants a place to belong and while Earth wasn’t it, Eden doesn’t seem to be it either. I enjoyed Jazmine quite a bit. She’s got a fierce disposition, and she’s had to cultivate it because of her background. So, she’s used to moving around and takes the existence of Eden in stride.
Raph is our resident badboy/popular kid who makes life on Eden miserable for Jazmine. He’s very possessive and a bit entitled, but we get to see a softer side too which rounded him out. There’s also a hefty slow burn which I enjoyed.
My favorite part is this world of Eden. I like the parallel universe vibe. All of these kids with elemental powers, and Jazmine’s trying to figure out this new world as well as her place in it. The ending builds the anticipation for the next volume.
The part that made this a 3.5 star read for me was simply the angsty/drama feel. While it’s okay in small doses, I felt the plot goes back and forth a lot. It started dragging down the pacing, and I lost interest in trying to figure out if they liked or hated each other. I started to enjoy the story more when character development happens.
I think readers of paranormal YA/NA will enjoy this series, overall.
*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Michaelene for The Librarian’s Corner.*