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When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail 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 medicine they need. But when the coins won't hold their shape and her bro
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Flatiron Books
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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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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
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
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
Beautiful writing but I just think historical fantasy is not for me. However, I love anything Marie Antoinette!
Anissa (FairyLoot)
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
Paulo Ratz
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preciso desse livro em português!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Camile Souza (This Chamber of Books)
So, I heard high praise for this YA, and it does sound really interesting. I mean, not the typical YA fantasy powers? Historical Paris with known historical figures? Games in the Palace of Versailles? Balloon flights? Also I'm not gonna lie and say that the protagonist having essentially the same name as me doesn't affect me lol

I'm definitely highly anticipating this.
Rosalyn Eves
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
I don't mind the background, but I'm really not digging the title font =[
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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Nov 25, 2018 marked it as to-read

Magical Paris is honestly my Achilles heel.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Gabrielle Byrne
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
***4.5 STARS****
Katherine Moore
*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
JJ || This Dark Material
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
Kelly Coon
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
i want this and i want this now
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!
Iryna Khymych
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Um. Magician-style magic and Marie Antoinette. Me @ book: will u be my valentine???
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
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
♠ TABI ♠
May 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am, haha, enchanted by that cover!

Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 / 5

~review to come~

I didn't know quite how much I wanted a magical realism book set against the backdrop of the French Revolution until I got it! Enchantee was elegant, gripping, clever, and compelling. A delight to read!

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Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review: (SPOILER FREE!) 4.75/5 stars


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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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YA Buddy Readers'...: Enchantée by Gita Trelease - Starting Oct 27, 2018 1 5 Sep 30, 2018 08:39PM  
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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