Title: Secondhand Charm
Author: Julie Berry
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
From: ARC from Bloomsbury (thanks Kate!)
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 . . .
Secondhand Charm was not my most favourite book. One, to was way too fast. Each scene moved so quickly! Second, the focus wasn't really on the snake, it was on almost everything else. Third, the fiction was way too much. Maybe it's because I've grown out of pure fantasy fiction.
Beginning: Started out with school, hmm. And the dialouge. Not really a catchy lead for young audiences.
Middle: The events had a little to do with each other. Picture a gorgeous, vividly coloured tapestry. Now picture all the threads snapping loose, save for a couple. The remains of that tapestry is what Secondhand Charm is. I mean, the characters were good and the plot was promising, but the writing didn't meet my expectations.
End: Confusing and fast. Now this is just my opinion. I didn't think the beginning was too good and I was hoping for a better ending, which I didn't get.
Overall: Great for younger audiences (12 and under) but not recommended for teens.
Conclusion: Thick with fantasy, Secondhand Charm is sure to be loved by young children!