Thursday, August 19, 2010

Review: Secondhand Charm by: Julie Berry

Secondhand Charm by: Julie Berry
Release Date: October 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Story:

A lyrical and magical new story from the acclaimed author of
The Amaranth Enchantment

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.

My Review:

All her life, Evie thought she was just a normal girl: she had hopes and dreams, ambitions, talents. Though she has never known a day of sickness, she is unusually talented in helping those who are ill; and when she puts on gypsy charms, unusual things begin to happen.

Evie is granted a chance to attend university, she embarks on a grand adventure filled with danger and astonishing discoveries. She is a serpentina, and as such she has her very own leviathan (a serpent-like creature). As she discovers who she is, she must also learn who she can trust, and of whom she must beware.

Secondhand Charm was an interesting book. It has a fresh perspective that I enjoyed. This was a quick read; and I feel that Julie Berry has written a book that will intrigue teenagers, and have girls wishing they could travel to the nearest ocean and find a leviathan of their own.



  1. Oh, it's the first time I read about this book but I like it! It sounds so great, I want to have my own leviathan xD

    Thanks for your review, I'll add it to my TBR list ;)

  2. Love this cover. Thanks for sharing your review.

    I am a new follower, love your blog!



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