Title: Secondhand Charm
Author: Julie Berry
Genre: YA / Fantasy
Source: Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours
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 . . [via GoodReads]
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.