Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Published by: Flatiron Books
Top 3 Genres: Young adult, Historical, Fantasy
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: ARC kindly provided by Raincoast Books
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Hi guys! Pretty excited today as I’m ending the blog tour for Enchantée by Gita Trelease, coming out on February 5th! I’m very grateful to Raincoast Books for the chance to promote and present you this book! Set right before the French Revolution of 1789, between Paris and Versailles, it will transport you without a doubt back in time! I let you discover my full review, what I enjoyed about this book, and what, unfortunately, was lacking for me to truly love it!
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 medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
In Enchantée, we follow young Camille Durbonne in her struggle to survive through poverty and provide for her little sister, while Paris is buzzing with revolutionary ideas. And when she reaches the bottom, when she feels she has no other choice, she decides to use glamoire, a very dangerous form of magic and to become some sort of con artist in Versailles. She plays the role of a Baroness and uses her magic to win card games and more. But if she thought it would be easy and no string attached, she was wrong. Because she discovers a new and very attractive world, full of traps and wonders. And once you are in, once caught in the web of court games, it is dangerous to get out!
Come to Versailles and see its decadent beauty
I loved the glamour of Versailles court, Paris, always so lively and on the verge of Revolution… as a French reader, I know very well this part of history, Louis XVI and Marie- Antoinette and how the people started this chain of events that changed France forever. I truly enjoyed reading about it in this book, the author did her research and it was really like walking in Paris streets, the bad ones, stinking and dirty, and the good ones, with their mansions and shops.
A little something missing…
My problem was… there was not enough beyond that. The setting was wonderful, the magic system pretty dark and painful and interesting but the action was lacking, there was no rhythm to this book and it felt a bit flat. When in the end, there was finally some action making my heart beats faster, Camille went from a very interesting character to way too naive and irrational. Thankfully, there were some very interesting characters, such as Lazare and his dream of a balloon to spice up the story a bit!
In a few words
I understand how people can love it because truly, the universe created by the author, this mix of Versailles decadence, historical events and hidden magic was beautiful. But for me, one aspect was missing, this thing that makes you want to turn one page after the other… and it prevented me from truly enjoying this book.
Q&A with the author
I was lucky enough to be offered by Raincoast books to ask the author of this book, Gina Trelease, one question:
Q: What is your favorite quote from the book?
A: There are so many, but I’ll share this one, a dark Cinderella moment when the protagonist, Camille, has become desperate enough to work her blood-magic disguise for the first time: “The mirror was as clear as if it’d been newly made, all its underwater blurriness gone. The girl she saw reflected in it was as sleek and hard and perfect as the diamond brooch she wore. Like her ancestors before her, she would use this dark and creeping magic to go to court, to glitter, and to win.”
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