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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,996 ratings  ·  779 reviews
Love. Magic. Revolution. Enchantée is Gita Trelease’s lush and imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished girl who must use magic to impersonate an aristocrat in Versailles to provide for her sister as her own political awakening forces her to choose sides in the French Revolution.

Paris is a labryinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionari
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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)
Savanna Without getting too far into how one defines "inappropriate":
There isn't any depicted sexual content more explicit than making out. The main…more
Without getting too far into how one defines "inappropriate":
There isn't any depicted sexual content more explicit than making out. The main character has a fear that poverty will force her to become a sex worker, but they don't go into much detail about the actual horrors of 18th century sex work.

Gambling is a major plot point throughout. The main character's brother has obvious issues with alcohol and is physically abusive, particularly in one pretty graphic scene.

There is some violence, including sword fighting, the previously mentioned physical abuse scene, and some aspects that have some self-harm overtones. (less)
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
merging historical fiction with fantasy is so IN right now and i am here for it!

this is your classic les mis meets aladdin who is close friends with caraval and introduces them to glitter. its honestly just a great time for all involved, myself included. and although it feels like there are many elements gently borrowed from other familiar stories, this still has a fresh and unique feel to it.

the magic system in this is really quite something. i do think it could have been developed a little bet

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
C.G. Drews
This was like a visual war between intoxicating Parisian magical delights...vs extreme poverty and desperation. And books that blend such extremes so well just deserve total applause. It really took you to Paris! I love travelling through books (less expensive and also less jetlag, which is nice) but it's tricky to get that balance where you really feel in the story. Enchantee nailed it.

➸ It's set in 1700s Paris, mostly in Versailles.
And oh wow, the COURTS. The mad richness of the aristocracy a
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
Let me just take a quick second here to say that I finished four novels during the weekend. It feels like I’m binge-reading (so you know it won’t last), because I only recently got back into reading fiction so it’s like my subconscious (and body overall) is trying to make up for the ‘‘lost time.’’ That said, if this book had been awful, I would not have forced myself to read it. My experience reading it may be a little different than an Anglophone’s experience because I went to a Francophone sch ...more
Enchentée is a debut novel that will make you believe in magic, set in the most beautiful city of the World Paris, Gita merges magic and romance in a perfect way to give us an addictive and utterly delightful story! So the story takes place during 1789 or better known as The French Revolution, and the story elaborates very fascinating topics which we all want within a book, cheaters, people fighting in streets, magic, a bad government and French romance! Gita makes this a very unique and delight ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Le Miserables meets with Caraval in this engaging Fantasy book set in 1700's Paris.

It felt different to read a fantasy book set in pre-revolution Paris and I loved the atmosphere of this book. I am not generally a fan of the YA genre however the story pulled me in from the start. Trelease is a story teller for sure. I strolled the streets of Paris with Camille, brushed the corridors of Versailles. I loved the steam-punk soul of the book, and the magic system of the book might be simple but it wa
Candace Robinson
Beautiful writing but I just think historical fantasy is not for me. However, I love anything Marie Antoinette!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enchantée by Gita Trelease is a young adult historical fantasy that takes place at the time of the French Revolution. While the book has events and figures from this time in history it is a fantasy read with the use of magic being involved with the characters.

Camille Durbonne’s family had never been rich but when her parents both pass away from smallpox Camille and her siblings are left to fend on their own. Camille’s older brother however only gambles away any little bit he gets a hold of and i
Anissa (FairyLoot)
Wow wow wow. C’est dingue!
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

I went into this with high hopes. It’s Paris! During the 1789! The ///French Revolution//// is about to OCCUR. I have a weird lowkey passion for the French Revolution. I think maybe it’s because lol it’s factual I’m in love with Sydney Carton???? I don’t know.

But my hopes went downhill, exploded, and I could only look in horror at the sad remains. This book contains all the elements I look for. Rioting people. A bad government. A cascade
Jessica | Booked J
Review also found here at Booked J. I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form.

I'm calling it now Enchantée: is one of THE books that you can't miss in 2019. It's definitely one of my favourites so far and I'm so in love with the vision that Gita Trelease paints for us throughout this book. This was such an exhilarating, vivid read! I mean--sign me up, all day every day, for historical fictional that is
Umut Reviews
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite fun read and a solid debut.
This fast paced, entertaining book is a Fantasy set in 1700's Paris.
As a setting, it was really original and interesting to read about pre-revolution France. I loved reading about the etiquette, the class differences, the palace, the dresses, etc. It was very atmospheric.
I usually find YA fantasies, especially series dragging on and on. But, this book was very fast paces, and full of action, which was great. I think Trelease is a very good story teller and I'll
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!
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
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Flatiron Books, via NetGalley for an honest review.


There once was a young French girl and her little sister,
Who were poor beyond belief due to their gambling brother.
The death of their parents turned their life quite tragic,
That’s why the eldest sister Camille turned to gambling and magic.
A dress that requires blood to enchant and disguise,
Was all that she’d need to sneak into Versailles.
But little was said about the toll on the
Paulo Ratz
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Preciso desse livro em português!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ pg120

Life is hard enough in 18th-century France, and few know that better than Camille, who's been forced to take care of her younger sister and older, alcoholic brother when their parents pass from smallpox. She uses small magics to convert scraps into coins, but they're barely making ends meet when Camille finally decides to explore a side of magic her mother always warned her away from — a type of 'la magie' that can change her very appearance, and win her a ticket into Louis XVI's pal
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
julia ♥

"This was the Paris of the strivers, of those who dwelt low, not high.
This was not the Paris of balloonists.
It was her Paris, and it was the same as it had been this morning.
But she, perhaps, was not."

I first heard about Enchantée in 2018, and fell in love with the cover (I mean, who wouldn't, come on...). I'm a huge history buff so the premise, set during the French revolution, sounded great to my ears! Enchantée did just what the title teased it would, this stor

Things you should know about me before reading this review:

-Aladdin is my favourite movie of all time
- I'm obsessed with anything French
-My favourite genre is fantasy
-I can be highly cynical when reviewing books

So basically this had all the elements of a book I should enjoy, but if it had been written terribly, this would be a scathing, 1-star review.


I loved it.

I was a little worried at the beginning, b
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
Logan LeDuc
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fantastic retelling of Les Miserables was a powerful and fabulous journey. I am so grateful for this incredible novel. The main character was a powerhouse and I loved the diversity of the characters both sexually and racially. The descriptions were flawless and this was an absolute joy to read.
Menna van Praag
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm on page 16 of Enchantée: I don't usually comment on a book before I've finished reading it. But I loved this from the first sentence & am so excited to read more that I just had to say so!

I knew I’d love this book just from the blurb - magical realism set in Versailles just before & during the French Revolution. I wasn’t disappointed! Strictly speaking, it’s YA but I never felt I was reading a book for teenagers. The story spun along & the prose was a delight.

I started to
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Y'all! I actually liked this WAY more than I thought I would! The asshole brother doesn't get to be an asset and then just get a pass (I've read so many damn books like that. Where it's just never challenged or anything). I liked the mc and her sister. I think the politics and magic needed a bit more fleshing out and I think the use of Marie Antoinette was less of a climax than I had expected. Good twist ending and lots of character development. Was actually impressed with everything Release did ...more
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Magicians needed sorrow. And deep sorrow existed only because of love.

What's great about historical fiction is that it removes, if not embellishes, the "boring" or pedantic aspects of the past. Add a touch of magic, and it becomes even better. Following this train of thought, I hoped to thoroughly enjoy this novel, which was a clever combination of Cinderella and Les Misérables.

Set in 18th-century France, Enchantée depicts the miserable life of Camille Durbonne. After her parents died of smallpo
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5/5 Stars

*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion. All quotes used may be subject to change upon publication.

I was immediately intrigued by Enchantée, as I loved the idea of a YA historical fiction set in Paris, I mean, doesn’t that just sound like a dream. However, I quickly learned that this dreamy idea of Paris is only a reality for the we
Jennie Damron
I had high expectations for this book and I ended up being a tad disappointed. The things I liked: The writing was good, her research was top notch and I loved the sister relationship. I did not like the romance aspect of the story. One, it just didn't seem necessary to the story and two it wasn't believable to me. It felt detached or maybe forced is a better word. I was hoping to love this book but it was just alright.
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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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“This was the Paris of the strivers, of those who dwelt low, not high. This was not the Paris of balloonists. It was her Paris, and it was the same as it had been this morning. But she, perhaps, was not.” 7 likes
“Magicians needed sorrow. And deep sorrow existed only because of love.” 5 likes
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