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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I learned first impressions are really unreliable.
Minus 1 star for:
Blurry Plot and Weak storytelling
This event that you'd think important and would lead to something as the story progress would be completely for ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
I had previously read and reviewed Julie Berry's debut novel The Amaranth Enchantment (link). While I found the story delightful, I think I needed just a little more to push me over the edge to loving it. I feel very much the same about this book.
Evie is a great heroine with strong ambitions and talent ...more
The book was good, and had an interesting story. However, I ran into the same trouble with this book as I did with Amaranth: TOO MUCH IS GOING ON.
First off, she wins a scholarship, and so does her best friend, when the King comes to visit their village. They set off, along with potential love-interest/neighbor, plus best friend’s aunt for the sake o ...more
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 ...more
Evie was the sweetest girl. She was very simple and, in the beginning, full of simple thoughts. She is a great healer and never questioned her abilities. Given the opportunity to study at the University, Evie and a small crew ...more
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