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Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians...

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and
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Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Flatiron/Macmillan
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Gita Trelease I first imagined it as a standalone, so you will get closure, I promise! :) There will also be a second book that follows the characters from…moreI first imagined it as a standalone, so you will get closure, I promise! :) There will also be a second book that follows the characters from Enchantée into the French Revolution. (less)
Gita Trelease Thank you so much! Creating a magic system that would work in eighteenth-century France was a fun challenge. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to…moreThank you so much! Creating a magic system that would work in eighteenth-century France was a fun challenge. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to devise a kind of magic that didn't involve spells. Instead, in ENCHANTÉE, magic is fueled by sorrow. I also wanted magic—like everything else—to have a cost. In this story, magic ends up having LOTS of costs, but on the most basic level, "la magie" has a cost because the magician has to dredge up her sorrow to work the magic. But as I was writing, I realized that there might be more to it than that: this magic actually makes something out sorrow, rendering even our sadness something we can use.(less)

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Melanie

ARC provided by Flatiron in exchange for an honest review.

“Remember—magic is a cheater’s game, and everyone who sees it wants to play.”

Enchantée is a book that is set in historical Paris, during 1789, but this is a version of Paris unlike any other. Yes, the French Revolution is beginning, and the people are starving and rioting, while Marie Antoinette and other aristocrats ignore their pleas. But some people in this alternative history are able to wield magic to help make their lives a litt
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Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I loved this one!

It's a beautiful mix between historical fiction and fantasy, and it's easy to get lost right alongside Camille - a girl struggling with poverty - as she uses magic to thrust herself into the glittering world of the French Court. In fact, what I loved most about Enchantee was not only the high stakes that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but the constant tension thrust into every scene. I found myself turning those pages like none other.

Camille is a fantastic MC - mostly
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading Enchantee on 10/30/2018 and finished it on 11/13/2018. This book is an excellent read! I enjoy reading about Paris life in 1789. It’s definitely sad to be among the poor and definitely fun to be among the rich. Nights at Versailles sounds magnificent. I like how gambling and hot air balloon is the excitement at that time. The fashion with silk dress and hats are interesting to read. The divide between rich and poor is sad, and somehow I didn’t think it exists in Paris because P ...more
Candace Robinson
Sep 18, 2018 is currently reading it
Well, the new cover is pretty! ARC received via publisher!
Anissa (FairyLoot)
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow. C’est dingue!
Kayla Brunson
Before I start my review, I really want to say that this story was beautiful. While it didn't win me over, I have to say that it was well written. The author did her research on how life was like in this time period and it shows.

I really don't know what I was expecting while reading this one. I expect the glam of Paris and to be thrown into magic and that's what I got. We have magic, romance, and friendship. Like I said before I really did enjoy the writing. Trelease really captured the setting
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Paulo Ratz
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Preciso desse livro em português!
Heather
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magic ripples through ENCHANTÉE. Gita Trelease’s imagination, the language she uses, the relationships she builds between characters—that is where the magic begins—and of course, there is la magie (both petty and dark) that the main character, Camille Durbonne, wields. This is my favorite kind of book to read, one where I am swept up in the writing, loving each line as much as the story itself. One where the characters take your hand and bring you into the pages with them. One where magic seems ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing, slow burn romance, magic, courtly politics, revolution--like Victor Hugo and Georgette Heyer had a baby (but with more diverse characters). Loved it!
Gabrielle Byrne
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story of Camille Durbonne is like warm melted chocolate. It woos you with rich velvet details, excites your passions and lingers, so sweetly, on your senses. Her story is rags to riches, but the added twists of dark magic, hidden threats, and a secret double life makes it a heady and unique blend. From the cobbled shadows of the Paris streets, to wild and erudite experiments in hot air balloons, all the way to the lace and luxury of Marie Antoinette’s court, Trelease will deftly lure you thr ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

This book was BEAUTIFUL. The writing was lush without being stifling, the heroine was flawed without being unlikeable… honestly my gripes with this one are very minor.

This one has a very fulsome blurb. 17-year-old Camille Durbonne is dealing with an alcoholic, abusive older brother and an ill younger sister, Sophie, so she needs all the money she can get. So far the family have just been using la magie ordinaire, little magic: it can tu
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Adri
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 STARS****
Katherine Moore
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Warning: words en Francais may appear sporadically.

This book is…enchanting. I didn’t have it on my radar until quite simply everyone seemed to be asking about this novel about two sisters living in Paris during the French Revolution, one with the gift of magic, and with the desperate need to get themselves out of the dire situation they are in. They are poor, with Camille using her magie to turn pieces of metal they find in the dirt into coins, while Sophie is ailing, weak with a terrible cough
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Kelly Coon
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What did I love about this book? EVERYTHING. Trelease transported me from 2018 to late 18th century France, and I was truly enchanted with every second of the ride. Her world-building is stellar as she moves us through Paris streets to the glamorous, but decaying, palace of Versailles sweeping us through Parisian fashion, print-making, hot-air ballooning, and parlor games. Woven into this story of magic, trickery, romance, and loss, is the history of the storming of the Bastille, which highlight ...more
Cody Roecker
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been thinking about this book almost every day since I've read it so I have to update my thoughts a little:

Gita Trelease's debut is strong and beautiful, much like the main character, Camille. With France as a backdrop, a gorgeous bloodthirsty dress, card games, high-class balls, and a boy who flies hot-air balloons Enchantée deftly defies all expectations of reality by wowing you at every turn. Magical. dark, twisty, and wholly inspired, Enchantée sings with a deep vibrato, and is complet
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Daphne (Illumicrate)
Enchanted by the rich historical world that Trelease writes. Unique form of magic and loved the POC representation in 18th century Paris.
Nadhira Satria
Aug 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: most-anticipated
i want this and i want this now
Iryna Khymych
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I received this galley via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!

3 out of 5 stars

Enchanteé is a beautiful written novel about two young women trying to survive in pre-revolutionary Paris. It is a novel of magic, love, sisterly affection, family, splendors and squalor.

Camille and Sophie come from a poor family, their parents are dead and their brother has turned into a drunk. Camille - is the only one brave enough to do magic and try to save her younger sister. While t
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Shannon
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as wish-list
Um. Magician-style magic and Marie Antoinette. Me @ book: will u be my valentine???
JJ || This Dark Material
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, fiction, 2019, to-review, 2018
Enchantée transports you right to the heart of 18th Century France. The comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is quite apt. Practically nothing differentiates Trelease's Paris and Versailles from those of history, except a fine thread of magic that runs through all manner of places, people, and things. Camille, if you'll pardon the expression, enchants. A perfectly ordinary girl, she must learn quickly to survive and thrive in Marie Antoinette's court. She and Lazare have wonderful chem ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are just some books that stick with you and you can't pinpoint why you loved it so much, just that you did. Enchantee by Gita Trelease is exactly that book. I love the airy feeling of the writing, mixed with the romanticism of the backdrop of 1700 France during the revolution and the influence of Marie Antoinette, and the delicate interlays of magic. There aren't crazy plot twists or anything like that, but something about this book drew me in. The protagonist is heavily flawed, but the ro ...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
8/4/18
I don't mind the background, but I'm really not digging the title font =[
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This sounds like my cup of tea ;)

When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets.
Me right away, knowing next to nothing about Lazare:
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I am, haha, enchanted by that cover!

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Hannah
YA historical fantasy is exploding and I am 150% here for it. Bring on more books like this beauty, please and thank you.

Reminds me of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray meets one of my all time favourite series (The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan) set in the early days of the French Revolution. One to watch, read and devour!
Serena
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review: (SPOILER FREE!) 4.75/5 stars

****HUGE THANK YOU TO SARAH BARLEY AT FLATIRON FOR SENDING ME A MANUSCRIPT FOR REVIEW!****

PLOT: Just to start, let me say that this book does everything perfectly. The pacing is perfect, the plot is great, it kept me wanting more the whole time. Now specifically for plot, I loved it. The story follows seventeen year old Camille as she tries to create a life for her and her orphaned sister, Sophie. It is set in Paris, which always makes me !!!!, and the stor
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Kip
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in a magical Paris and Versailles in the days leading up to the French Revolution, Enchantée enchants with beautiful writing, clearly well-researched details, and fantastic characters that capture hearts in the very first pages. The setting alone is a masterpiece, equally capturing the lush world of Marie Antoinette's court and the less desirable streets of Paris. Fantasy fans will adore the magic as much as historical fans will love the backdrop. Absolutely stunning!
Gabrielle
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I heard of this book, I knew I had to read it. Historical fantasy is a trend that’s exploding in YA right now, and I’m so excited to see all the new twists and creative perspectives that authors are coming out with.

Enchantee takes a unique look at the start of the French Revolution. The plot focuses on Camille, and her friends and family that she tries so desperately to protect. I really liked this book—it did a great job of balancing the sweet, fluffy moments with darker themes and
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Kelly Brigid
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

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Samantha Hastings
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book soars above the rest, literally. From hot air balloons to forbidden magic, it is a heart-stopping exciting ride through Paris at the beginning of the French Revolution.

What I loved ❤💙❤:
1. Camille is a very sympathetic character who is coping with the death of her parents and trying to support her siblings. Her sorrow helps her work magic that allows her to transform herself into a baroness and go to Versailles to earn money for her family.
2. Lazare is a hot air balloonist.. and like C
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Megan
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enchantée is a magical adventure through the gold halls of Versailles and the sewage filled streets of Paris. I loved every minute of it and the fact that “Ourika” is mentioned in the acknowledgments made my heart sore. Trelease not only acknowledges the existence of people of color in 1700s France, but openly embraces the fact. Camille is a heroine you can’t help but root for and Lazare is so swoon-worthy, he is in competition with Mr. Darcy for my heart at the moment.
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Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita Trelease has lived in lots of places, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before becoming a novelist, she taught classes on writing and fairy tales—some of which have seeped into this story.

Along with her husband and son, Gi
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