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 apprentice. But Evie wants more than...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 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
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 loved the setting that Julie Berry created. The kingdom with its big city and small villages wer...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
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
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
Secondhand Charm was a beautiful novel written i...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
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
'Secondhand Charm' centers a young aspiring girl in a series of unfortunate twisting events (view spoiler)[being robbed, board in a shipwreck, broken-hearted by boy-next-door *which will change immediately in the end*, unknowingly own a sea monster, etc. (hide spoiler)] (LOL) and her passion for learning and becoming a healer.
I did not just like the protagonist for her name (Evieeeee<3) but also for HER. She's a strong, fast thinking risk taker who doesn't give up e...more
Evie, our heroine, is a bright young girl with healing hands and a desire to turn this talent into more by becoming a doctor. Opportunity finds it's way to Evie after her skills save one of the king's men. The king himself, extends and invitation for Evie to attend the university, which she gladly accepts!...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
I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this book, but I liked it so much more than The Amaranth Enchantment, the author's first book, and it took me by surprise once or twice, so I'm giving it 4.
This is a pretty predictable YA fantasy novel, but it's engaging,...more
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