Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .
When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille is left to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to...more
There isn't any depicted sexual content more explicit than making out. The main charact…moreWithout 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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
➸ It's set in 1700s Paris, mostly in Versailles.
And oh wow, the COURTS. The mad richness of the aristocracy a ...more
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 ...more
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.
Immersion into time period: ★★★★★
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 a ...more
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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✨✨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... ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I still think it was a good story, but I don't think I'll be continuing with the series. ...more
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I was born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents and have lived in lots of places, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in central Italy. I attended Yale College and New York University, where I earned a Ph.D. in British liter ...more