Secondhand Charm

Secondhand Charm

by Julie Gardner Berry

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ISBN-13: 9781599907383
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

JULIE BERRY grew up in western New York. She holds a BS in communications from Rensselaer and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She lives with her husband and four young sons. The Amaranth Enchantment was her first book.

www.julieberrybooks.com

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Secondhand Charm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
SECONDHAND CHARM, by Julie Berry, was an exceptional tale about an ordinary girl who turned out to be anything but. This book really blew me away, from the synopsis I had no idea where this book would take me and I ended up on a fantastic journey full of romance and fantasy. 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 travel together and meet an unsavory character. After the horrific meeting, Evie and Aidan (swoon) travel across the sea to reach their final destination, in this journey Evie discovers who she really is. I loved (!) the new myth and history of the serpentina's and their bond to their leviathan (snake-like creature). Evie definitely matured very quickly when she realized what she was. She had to make tough decisions and ultimately be satisfied with who she was. Aidan was the only real thing in her life, and she was very lucky to have him as a friend. She was naive at times of his feelings for her, but she realized in due time that he really liked her, and she did as well. Overall, this was a great book, with a fairy tale-esque quality. It was written masterfully with a fantastic plot twist and I am very gratefully for the opportunity to read it.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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 who is familiar or the one who is royal and can give her anything she desires.Ultimately, this culminates into an incredibly charming story with mythology, that to me, was reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley. As you know, one of the hallmarks of Marion Zimmer Bradley is powerful, magical women. This felt like MZB for YA. That is a huge compliment. Granted, this was only 299 pages (ARC), but it¿s a great story. What is examined is luck and charms vs. skills. There is a new magic system called serpentine magic, which I won¿t elaborate on because it¿s best to discover all this while you read the book.Evie is my favorite kind of female lead character. She¿s a bit self-conscious. She¿s academic, and cares about her family. she is loyal. Evie also possesses a sense of adventure. I love well-rounded characters. With fantasy, I feel that sometimes characterization gets sacrificed for the great grand plot (this isn¿t always the case, but I do run into it from time to time). While Evie wasn¿t quite fully realized, I thought on the whole, her characterization was quite magnificent.I very much enjoyed the supporting cast of characters, from feisty town leader Widow Moreau, to a certain character I refuse to name because that would be a spoiler, to sweet and noble Aiden. Also, sidebar, why are most Aidens nice guys? (Think: SATC). I really think the side characters do help make or break a story, and with Secondhand Charm, I loved all of the quirks.Secondhand Charm is a short book. Also, it is comprised of 49 chapters, and as we all know, books with shorter chapters just read faster (or is that just me?). If you are looking for a rare STANDALONE young adult fantasy, look no further than Secondhand charm for an overall pleasant reading experience.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What a charming whirlwind adventure you are taken on in Secondhand Charm. Evie longs to continue her education and become a physician like her parents before her. When she is granted a scholarship, she sets off on a perilous journey along with her best friend and the boy next door. But the journey is not an easy one, for there is all sorts of danger that will have her not only questioning her talents but also her loyalty.Evie is a lovely protagonist. She's simple, yet curious, intelligent, loyal, loves her family and although she's firm in her healing abilities she is also self-conscious. Aside from our heroine there is also a strong cast of supporting characters - who are all very likeable and a treat to read about. Secondhand Charm has an almost fairytale-esque type quality. I love stories like this. They remind me of the fairy tales I used to read as a kid. The adventure and fantasy, the twist and turns, oh, and of course, the romance, all made for a wonderful page-turner. And could it be? A stand-alone? The story has the perfect ending - no loose ends, no wondering what comes next... I truly found this to be a rare treat. Overall, Secondhand Charm was imaginative and charming and a an all-around lovely read. For fans of fairytale and/or fantasy, this is one you won't want to miss out on.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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 teenagers.There are creepy sea serpent creatures called leviathans featured in the story, and they aren't evil! I love that. Ever since Harry Potter, I've associated snakes with Slytherin and Nagini and those are not pleasant associations. Having a snake being on the good side was a pleasant switch from the norm. Very cool.Evie's journey from the small town where she grew up, to a disastrous trip to the city and on to a lot of shocking discoveries about herself and her past all make for very entertaining reading, and I was always excited to see where the story would go next. I also loved reading about her relationships with all the characters around her (especially Aiden! Sa-woon). She was a great MC, a very sweet and intelligent girl.I definitely found this book worth reading. The plot and characters were both entertaining and original. If you get the chance - definitely pick up a copy!
sithereandread on LibraryThing 8 months ago
SECONDHAND CHARM, by Julie Berry, was an exceptional tale about an ordinary girl who turned out to be anything but. This book really blew me away, from the synopsis I had no idea where this book would take me and I ended up on a fantastic journey full of romance and fantasy.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 travel together and meet an unsavory character. After the horrific meeting, Evie and Aidan (swoon) travel across the sea to reach their final destination, in this journey Evie discovers who she really is.I loved (!) the new myth and history of the serpentina's and their bond to their leviathan (snake-like creature). Evie definitely matured very quickly when she realized what she was. She had to make tough decisions and ultimately be satisfied with who she was. Aidan was the only real thing in her life, and she was very lucky to have him as a friend. She was naive at times of his feelings for her, but she realized in due time that he really liked her, and she did as well.Overall, this was a great book, with a fairy tale-esque quality. It was written masterfully with a fantastic plot twist and I am very gratefully for the opportunity to read it.
ashleyann120 More than 1 year ago
I was expecting this to be a fluff, easy to read book that you take on vacation to fill time at the airport. I was pleasantly surprised when I found Secondhand Charm to have in-depth characters and a unique plot line. The only reason this book only got 3 out of 5 was I would have loved to have a little more bonding between Evie and her leviathan. It was obviously supposed to be an important relationship, but I was missing that special connection between the two. I would have also liked the leviathan to have a little more of a personality - a feisty streak, or a stubborn streak- anything to add a little umph to his plain-Jane character.
KonaCakes More than 1 year ago
I love this book and have read it three times (I never read a book more than once). I defiantly recommend this book for a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Enjoyed it so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Met the auther. Awesome book
Jecaph More than 1 year ago
A little different then the normal books i read. However loved the characters and it was an interesting storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very light, but fun read. It started off a bit slowly as or the introduction of the fantastical elements, about 100 pages, but even then the characters and writing were charming enough to keep you reading. Once the action began...it kept moving and was very satisfying. I totally understood how Evie, who just found out that she was different and strange from everyone else in the world and how this could lead to her being an outcast....could lead her to cling to and be carried away by the ones person she found, or found here, that understood her and shared her strange gifts. But even as she was carried away she never fully lost herself or her character and that is what saved her in the end. Never giving up yourself or stop being who you are despite many forces telling you otherwise. I enjoyed the slow reveal of the major plot and bad guys and how their plot of thwarted. It was very clever. Though with how it ended, it kind of left me with a though of a sequel....Annalise does not strike me as someone who forget. And of course...I enjoyed the little splash of romance. That is always nice especially when handled well and not overdone or rushed. So over all a charming book and fun read.
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wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Before I launch into my opinions on the book, I hate this summary. A) It leaves out one MASSIVE plot point - the fact that Evie's a serpentina and has a leviathan to whom she is attached. (And no, that's not a spoiler, not really - you learn it within the first third of the book. The rest of the story is focused on that.) B) It's a king's carriage, not a prince's. C) It's not a footman, it's his tax collector. So the story I got wasn't the story I was expecting - and you know what? I didn't mind all that much. I will admit that the novel is very, very fast paced - events and knowledge are thrown at you, and the book moves on without really giving you time to digest that. Because that, some relationships are hard to believe. Annalise, the future queen, is treating Evie like a sister, and they're supposed to have this immediate connection, which I never felt, even at the end. There were some plot twists I didn't expect, and not all of them were good, but I'm not going to post any spoilers. The one on her Grandfather was interesting, but weird, and the romantic one involving Annalise I didn't expect at all and, though interesting, I didn't really like. I LOVED Clair - the leviathan attached to Evie. That was a character I believed. He was dedicated, adorable, and charming. As for Aidan, I liked his character. He's the kind of guy I love to read about. I wish they had expanded more on his relationship with Evie, but it was one of the relationships in the story that I actually believed. They were in only a few scenes, but I felt their connection. And yes, this review is WAY in advance of when it actually comes out. But I post as I read, unless otherwise asked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazingly written book! Love it!!!!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never bought the book, but i borrowed it from my school library before. The front was a little slow, but once i got into the story, i couldn't stop! A great read, worth every penny, (though i didn't buy it). It is sweet and adenturous story, (the parts about clair was sweet) and had twists and turns, mystery, with a speck of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The romance, the plot aidennnn (swoon) One complaint tho. The ending absolutely sucked. She better make a sequel!!!!!!!!!
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