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Grade: High A
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 And 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 son. But Evie's wants more than a quiet village and the boy-next-door. When the prince's entourage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after ....But this young girl's destiny is no mere romantic fairytale. Her fate, and the journey she is about to embark upon, will take her far from her tiny village, uncovering serpentine powers and a legacy she never dreamed possible.
Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Total Score: 56/70
Obtained: Free ARC provided by publisher (BLOOMSBURY USA)
Age Appropriate? PG
Cursing: Not much, if any
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Perhaps some references to alcohol, poison, and some drugging, if I remember correctly.
Sexual Content: Mild references only
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some blood and murder, but not too much
At first, I thought this book would be predictable and boring, but it quickly became both creative and atypical for this kind of novel. The writing was flat at times; however, the interesting, original plot more than made up for it. It's just what you would expect from a fantasy--adventure, magic, romance. There are some very vivid characters, and the magic itself if fascinating, odd, and new. With wild ups and downs, Secondhand Charm will never leave you bored.
The setting as well is quite attractive. From the lowly village of Maundley to the high seas to the royal life of the capital city, it spans a wide range of equally well-developed and colorful places, each more exciting than the last. Intrigue tags along through the whole book, tying together each separate locale.
I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy; it's nothing too heavy, but with lots of color and heart. It was a pleasurable read, and if there's more to come, I will definitely be keeping up.