Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry

Oct 14, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pub. Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN: 1599905116
Pages: 352 pages
Source: Publisher
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 a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry's debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales—and now she's done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed. 
After receiving Secondhand Charm I realized that it was intended for a younger audience (10-14). I wasn't sure whether I should read it or not, but in the end I decided to give it a try.

The first couple chapters were pretty interesting. I was excited to see what would happen with Evie and the king. After continuing on I started to get even more interested. Towards the middle of the book I got slightly bored. Once I finished the book though I decided it was better than I expected.

There were some predictable parts, but it might also be because I am older than it was targeted for. Maybe not. Even with the predictable parts I found some parts a bit of a surprise. I have never read anything like the plot of this book and it was different.

Evie was a good protagonist, but some things she did were a bit obnoxious to me. She seemed really smart and times and at other times very clueless. I don't think I had a favorite character from the book either. The characters worked well together and made a good story.

Overall this book was better than I expected it to be. I think this book would be good for the pre-teen ages (9/10-13/14). If you are older than that and are interested in reading don't let me stop you, I feel like it was definitely a good book.

Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars


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