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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,846 ratings  ·  357 reviews

In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms-no more than trinkets when worn by others-are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's son. But Evie wants more than a quie

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Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 24th 2010)
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Monica!
I really super-di-duper wanted to love this book.

I want to make that clear before I start whining.

Because it sounded epic, and I am all over Smart Girl Heroines, and also Sea Monsters, and also Bitch Queens With Murderous Agendas. And I like foofy girl fantasy novels. And I am sure the author is a wonderful human being and nothing I write after this sentence is meant as an insult to her personally.

But I just couldn’t… get into this story.

It actively fought me.

I’d be all, “Hey, this isn’t going
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Cara
I can't believe how dense I am. The part of the book where it's revealed what "power" she has I was suprised. Now, if I had just paid more attention to the cover and the clues given I wouldn't have been so taken aback about the revelation.

Evelyn has grown up in the small town of Maundley, where unfortunately her prospects of becoming a doctor are small. Her chance comes when King Leopold III comes to their little town and he grants her admittance to the college in Pylander. Evie is excited to go
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Allison
Secondhand Charm is quite a unique fantasy with a fairytale sort of feel. It’s not a retelling, which I enjoyed because it was fresh and new, but still with the feeling of a fairytale. I read it all in one sitting, and was pleasantly surprised by the turns it took. There’s a bit of romance, very mild, and not the focus of the story. I found it a very enjoyable YA fantasy that stands alone and doesn’t feel teenagery. I’d recommend it to any fairytale fantasy reader. Well, unless you really hate s ...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Secondhand Charm was a magical and adventurous story that captured the essence of its time period. Julie's story was stunning and presented the qualities of detailed descriptions, and solid character definition. Evie, a vibrant and intelligent protagonist won me over with her strength and poised maturity. Possessing the skills of a healer, she longed to follow in her mother's footsteps as a doctor. With luck, her goal of attending a university worked in her favor. However, the journey to reach h ...more
Jessica
Delightful!

This was a very fun book, with quite a few surprises. And I hate to say much else, in case I spoil something! I really didn't see most of this book coming . . . each chapter was a fresh piece of the puzzle! Julie Berry has created a truly unique world and unique type of magic that I just adored!
Julie
Apr 01, 2010 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Once again I reveal my bias. I'm more than a little fond of this title. Advance copies are starting to trickle out; books come available in October. I hope YA fantasy/historical readers will find something to love in Evie's story. More details to follow soon.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist

Every once in awhile a book comes along that you'd never heard of before and would have otherwise missed entirely. Many thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of Secondhand Charm and bringing author Julie Berry to my attention. I'm going to have to check out her other novel - The Amaranth Enchantment, because I certainly liked this one.
First of all, the timing of this novel was perfect. I'd just finished The Knife of Never Letting Go, a powerful but emotionally exhausting novel and was reall
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Rebecca
I’m going to start by saying that Secondhand Charm was not what I had expected it to be. That being said, I didn’t really enjoy it. I guess it just wasn’t my kind of book.
I did like the premise of the book. The summary of the book I read sounded amazing. Maybe, I read too much into it, I’m not sure, but I think it could have turned out a little better. There were parts where I was really enjoying the book and was sucked into the world with Evie. It was really good in that aspect.
Then there were
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Valerie
Dec 03, 2010 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara
Shelves: fantasy
As with a lot of fantasy books I wasn't surprised by the formula of this book (smart village girl + unknown ability/identity + romance + journey). This usually isn't a real negative for me; it’s gotta be pretty predictable for me to hold it against the book. And this book did have unique aspects to it, like snakes being sort of good guys. My sister didn't even know what Evie's special power was until Evie herself found out -that almost never happens. There’re a few twists and turns in this book ...more
Lauren
*4.5*

Julie Berry has certainly crafted a whimsical, well written tale in Secondhand Charm, one that's sure to entertain readers from all backgrounds with its interesting premise!

Secondhand Charm tales the tale of Evie, an ordinary girl who dreams of doing extraordinary things, such as being a doctor and studying at her kingdom's grand university... a dream that certainly isn't going to happen to a girl from her background. But everything changes the day she helps heal one of the king's men, mark
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Angelc
"The Amaranth Enchantment," Julie Berry's first book, is one of my favorite books of the year, so I couldn't wait to read "Secondhand Charm." This book is filled with all of the things I loved about the first book, magic, adventure, a strong heroin, and a sweet, swoon-worthy romance.


I loved Evie's bond with her leviathan and how the story touched on how this had caused jealousy in past generations of her family. Her leviathan had many qualities of a loyal puppy, if your puppy could instantly mo
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Caitlin Mcg
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April
Maundley is putting on a celebration for the king. As the king comes to the celebration, the town is in a whirlwind. Evie, a young (read: teenage) resident, impresses the king with her academic prowess. Her good luck and skills help land her a full ride scholarship to the university provided by the king. What ensues in Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry, is adventure, as Evie journeys toward the University. As for matters of the heart, Evie is at a crossroads where she must choose between the one w ...more
Rebecca
I read an advanced copy of Secondhand Charm yesterday, and couldn't put it down. It's fantasy fiction, so expect the unexpected. I really liked how the main character, Evie evolves from simple girl to strong young woman by the end of the book. She's stands her ground and learns through experience who she is, and what she's capable of striving for and achieving. It's always nice to find such a character for teen girls to read about....my 13 year old daughter read Secondhand Charm and liked it as ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I really enjoyed reading this! It is a really quick read (the ARC is just under 300 pages), and I read straight through it in one sitting. Plus, its a stand alone novel. I love finding books that aren't going to be dragged out into a series. Beyond being just a regular fantasy, it has a very fairy tale/mythological feeling. I love the extra innocence and magic that those vibes added to the book. I would definitely recommend this as being appropriate for younger middle grade readers as well as te ...more
Kiirsi Hellewell
I LOVED this book. Loved, loved, LOVED. I rarely read a library book that makes me want to race to the bookstore the second I finish the last page and buy my own copy...this one did.

From the cover and synopsis, I never imagined what a delightful, fantastical journey lay inside. This is a lovely fantasy with strong, likable characters...and a very unique fantasy element that I've never seen anywhere else. I loved how unique it truly was, and that I couldn't see what was coming next. I don't want
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Evelyn Pomeroy is a small town girl from the village of Maudley in the kingdom of Pylandrian - but she has big dreams. It has been her greatest hope and dream to leave Maudley to attend university in the kingdom capitol and become a healer, though the likelihood of her ever attaining that dream is a slim and distant thing indeed. When the announcement makes it to town that the King himself will be visiting to partake in the local festivities, however, Evi
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Michelle
Because you never know which authors read reviews of their books, I prefer to be constructive where possible. If you look at "Secondhand Charm" as an original fairy tale, many of what would otherwise be confusing and inexplicable plot points and character inconsistencies can be glossed over. Ultimately, this was not a satisfactory book. Despite being a first-person narrative, much of the story is told to us, instead of shown to us. The narrator reacts to pretty much everything that happens with ...more
stitchnsnitch
This was a great read. Julie Berry did a great job of letting her characters' voices shine through and carry the storyline along.

I think this is a great book for younger readers, particularly those who are fans of Jessica Day George, Patricia Wrede, Jane Yolen and others who write about dragons.
Nicole
Quote from WORD for Teens:

Yes, it was fast paced. Yes, it was slightly odd and not what I was expecting. But I really enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down.

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Annabelle Marie Veronica
It was awesome! Sweet, believable, and utterly intriguing, I fell completely in love. I can't say too much though, without having to mark my review as containing spoilers, so I'll won't say too much more. I will say it's totally worth anyone's time and an amazing read!
Suey
I really loved this one. It was like a movie playing in my head and the movie it reminded me of? Princess Bride. Yeah, I loved it.
Adrienne
I loved this book,
I've read it twice and i loved it both times.
I love books with kings and princesses and
Mixed up fairytales
Barbara
This was an intriguing story with as many twists as a sea serpent.
Lady
This is a really sweet book that's easy to enjoy. I liked Evie almost immediately which made it easy to like the story even when there were those times it didn't go fast enough for me. For the most part I really liked the story and I really liked the characters, which is why those stretches where Evie is left to her internal monologue weren't as interesting for me. I wanted something to happen and for her to be interacting more than observing. But those were just moments and then it would pick b ...more
Krystle
Forgive me if this review isn’t as thorough or detailed as I usually try to make my reviews be. I read this a while ago so I don’t really remember what happens for the most part in this book.

I picked this up because I thoroughly enjoyed Julie Berry’s first book, The Amaranth Enchantment, so I was expecting more of the same. And it is for the most part. It’s got this fairy tale touch on it and retains some of that lighthearted and sweet atmosphere. A great read if you wanted to relax and let your
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Dottie
Julie Berry - whose first YA Fantasy, The Amaranth Enchantment, was a Junior Library Guild selection, will be releasing her latest title, Secondhand Charm, on October 12. Evie's parents are gone and she lives with her Grandfather. She has just finished school but wants more than anything to continue studying and be a physician like her parents --and she has reason to think she would be good at it since she has some surprising healing powers. When she gets a scholarship she excitedly leaves her s ...more
Chelsea Denisse
So hard to rate but I think my rating is good enough. 4.5 stars!!!

Characters: How must I say this. The characters were... Magnificent . They all were extremely believable even though it was fantasy you could see the characters with the same personality living. The only thing that I honestly didnt enoy was that there was never a lot of detail of what they look like, sure she gave some hints but not a lot of detail that helps you to picture them. There were alot of characters but not too many that
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Emily Beeson
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Kelsey
Secondhand Charm was a thrilling and beautifully written sophomore novel by Julie Berry.

Evie is now one of my favorite protagonists. She is brave, determined, and has a mind of her own. I loved reading about her different trials and triumphs and my heart went out to her whenever she got caught in a rut. Her dreams are to attend the University and use her knack for healing to help people everywhere. I also loved Evie's Grandfather and Aidan, the sweet boy next door. Both of them would do anything
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