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Paris in 1789 is a city filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries - and magicians...

Seventeen-year-old orphan Camille has to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. They survive by using the pretty magic she learnt from their mother - transforming scrap material into coins. But when things take a turn for the worse, Camille must pursue a more dangerous m
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published February 5th 2019)
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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 Enchanté…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 charact…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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jessica
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
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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 live
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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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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
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Travel.with.a.book
Enchantée 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
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
Cristina Monica
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
Candace Robinson
Beautiful writing but I just think historical fantasy is not for me. However, I love anything Marie Antoinette!
Jillian
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book , it’s about 2 sisters and a brother who’s parents have died from small pox . They are very poor but Camille can work magic so she does to try to earn money to make their situation better . There’s an evil villain, a romance and a little action. It’s taking place during the fall of the French monarchy it has bit of everything. It’s was very good I loved it.
Carrie
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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alana ♡
Enchan-TEA time:

After sitting on whether I wanted to write a review on this or not, I've finally decided that I don't. I really don't have anything to say other than this had a whole lot of magic, ballgowns, and boredom. So, I'd rather not sit here and try to find a way to write a full review describing how bored I was.

I hope this works out better for y'all than it did for me.

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Umut Rados
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Jessica | Booked J
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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 his
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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!
JenacideByBibliophile
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Flatiron Books, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Opinion:

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
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Dan Lutts
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Paris, 1789 – on the eve of the French Revolution. With her parents dead from the small pox, it falls to Camille Durbonne to help herself and her younger sister, Sophie, survive so they won’t be cast into the streets to become part of the starving poor. In desperation, Camille turns to la magie, a power she inherited from her mother. But using la magie comes with problems. For it to work, Camille must focus on dark, depressing emotions. And magic can take a powerful toll on the magic user by suc ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
I WAS SO EXCITED - AND SO DISAPPOINTED 😭

✨ Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019✨
✨✨A debut novel✨✨

Actual rating: 1.5 ⭐️ for the wasted potential

French Revolution, magic, YA romance, beautiful cover art... there were many things I was excited about when I picked up this book. Sadly, in spite of the great potential, it fell flat for me. I absolutely hated the two main characters and the plot was so thin I saw right through it from page 1.

👎 THE THINGS I DISLIKED 👎

Plot: Well, if you can call it a plot...
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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 p
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Krystal
THIS IS BASICALLY A GENDER-BENT, FRENCH ALADDIN AND I AM IN LOVE <3

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.

HAPPILY NOT THE CASE.

I loved it.

I was a little worried at the beginning, be
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julia ♥
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG: here 💖

"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
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Heather
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
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
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
Amy Imogene Reads
Enchantee is something unique in today’s current YA fantasy market—it's a luxurious, atmospheric, grounded-in-history tale that I can’t stop thinking about.

Concept: ★★★★★
Immersion into time period: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★

Gita Trelease has done something special. Enchantee is, at its heart, a story about one woman’s quest to have a voice over her own agency in a time period and setting determined to decide her own reality for her. Paris during the reign of King Louis XVI is on the brink
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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
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Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
It took me forever to get through this book... at the end of the day, it was just boring. I really loved the magic aspect and the time at court, but I could have completely done without the entire balloon/Lazare story line.

I still think it was a good story, but I don't think I'll be continuing with the series.
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
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.
Erin
Audiobook narrated by Justine Eyre 12 hours 56 minutes 56 seconds

Before I talk about the audiobook, can we all just take a moment to sit back with our cup of whatever preferred drink and discuss the beauty of its cover? Favorite cover of 2019?Enchantée consider yourself a member of the category. Awards will only be handed out on January 1st 2020. But oh the artwork just takes my breath away.

A novel set in 18th century France, surrounding the events that led up to the French Revolution, and
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Kip
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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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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