Uncommon Charm – eARC Review

Title: Uncommon Charm
Author: Emily Bergslien, Kat Weaver
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Adult
Publication Date: May 17, 2022
Publisher: Neon Hemlock Press
Themes: Greif, Magic, Mystery, Family Secrets, Friendship


In the 1920s gothic comedy Uncommon Charm, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren’t beholden to their families’ unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, a milieu that slides far too easily into surrealist metaphor, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.

Thank you so much to the author for an eARC of this title.

I really enjoyed this book. It was quiet and cozy, and was exactly what I needed. I have really been loving cozy, soft books that are just a soft place to land. I loved Julia and Simon. Julia was wild and so much fun. I loved that she was just absolutely herself regardless of what anyone thought about her. Simon was quiet and shy, but I loved watching him slowly open up to Julia and for them to develop a beautiful friendship together. This was a short little story with so much heart.

It honestly did not go in the direction that I expected it to, but I really enjoyed that. I loved watched the two friends explore their worlds and lives together, and confide in each other. The magic in this story was also so interesting and mysterious. I really loved how that mystery and magic was so normal and natural but kept mysterious in a lot of ways.

I have really been enjoying books that give me those slice-of-life feelings, and this was no different. I loved seeing snippets of Julia and Simons lives and how they learned and grew together. Overall, the vibes of this book were impeccable and I loved it.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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