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Secondhand Charm

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,039 ratings  ·  434 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 apprentice. But Evie wants more than ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (first published August 24th 2010)
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Elinor I think it is different and from what I remember better than the amaranth enchantment. Both take place in a fantasy setting and both of the heroines a…moreI think it is different and from what I remember better than the amaranth enchantment. Both take place in a fantasy setting and both of the heroines are around 17, but they differ significantly in storyline.(less)
Anab Umm I think the girl is like 17 years old so it's like YA.…moreUmm I think the girl is like 17 years old so it's like YA.(less)

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Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
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
pink (not just another shade of red)
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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
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult

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!
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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. ...more
La Femme Readers
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Amelia, free market Puritan

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
May 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Caitlin Mcg
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own

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
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"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
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, fantasy, ya
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
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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 13 year old daughter read Secondhand Charm and liked it as ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn't picture anything else along the way but this:

and this:

She gets a very close relationship with the snake... As 'much' I tolerate snakes I was truly surprised by how I loved their relationship. If there is a list for BPF (best pet friends forever) on GR I'm voting for them.

The Plot In a fiction Kingdom in I guess the time that mostly resembles the middle ages lives 17 yo, Evelyn. At first, she looks like a normal girl who just hasn't a day been ill and can easily deliver babies. Suspic
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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
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
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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! ...more
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an intriguing story with as many twists as a sea serpent.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars if I could. Its a fine enough story. The beginning grabbed me right away. Never saw the twist coming, but then, unfortunately it devolved a star or two, to what felt far more like a farsical (Did I just make that word up? Maybe.) version of its previous self. I was invested enough to finish. Entertained enough to not feel my time was wasted, but not blown away enough to, well, give it more stars. A nice clean, diverting story.
This review (ahahah i don't write reviews, I write absurd reactions) comes in two parts.

a.) snakes are better than boys

b.) I have absolutely zero ability to tell where a Julie Berry plot is going at any one time. I like it. I think?
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my TBR pile for some time and was excited to finally read it. This was a cute and sweet YA fantasy read about a girl who finds out she’s not a girl at all but a Serpentina. When her dreams of education take her to the palace, she ends up embroiled in a plot with a fellow Serpentina.

This is one of those cute "fairy tale princess" type of YA reads with some interesting twists to it. It was a quick and easy read and I enjoyed it. There is a love interest for our heroine as w
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Emily Coleman
Dec 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, received-arc
Younger readers will enjoy this fun, lighthearted story about a girl with big dreams and ambitions who suddenly finds out that everything she thought she knew about herself and her past isn't true.

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
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