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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review: Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry

Age: 10-14
Publication Date: October 2010
Pages: approx 304
Series: no
Book Acquisition: received an ARC from the publisher

Book Summary:
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. (from Goodreads)

Quick Thoughts:
Loved the fantasy in this one! Removed from reality with very cool paranormal elements.

What I didn't like:
The story line is a little predictable.

What I liked:
The fantasy was spot on. There was lots of details and a good back story. After being reunited with the ocean, Evie discovers her destiny in the form of an adorable character. I don't want to give too much away but the fact that who Evie discovers is powerful, loyal, cute, smart and hers forever makes for some great story telling.

The plot twists were ok. Predictable but it worked with the story.

Reminded Me Of:
The fantasy and magical aspects reminded me of Sharon Shinn's Truth Teller's series. The paranormal elements however were very unique.

Who Would Enjoy It:
A perfect fit for younger readers. Nothing too mature and the storyline moves along well. A perfect stand alone book for young adult fantasy fans.

Overall Rating:
4 / 5 Stars

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  1. wow, a stand-alone! I mostly run across only series in fantasy/paranormal, which is nice but sometimes I wanna know the begginng middle and end already,lol

  2. Oh, I liked the Truth-Teller's Tale! This one sounds like a sweet fantasy read :)


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