Enchantee Review

Synopsis from Macmillan Publisher:

Love. Magic. Revolution…Enchantée is Gita Trelease’s imaginative debut fantasy about an impoverished magician desperate to provide for her beloved sister on the eve of the French Revolution.

Paris is a labryinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome younge inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.

But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic—before Paris burns.

About: Enchantee is a historical young adult fiction written by Gita Trelease. It will be published on 2/5/2019 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publisher, paperback, 464 pages. The genres are young adult, historical, fantasy, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 12 to 18.  According to the publisher’s website, “Flatiron Books is committed to publishing intelligent fiction and nonfiction with commercial appeal by authors with distinctive voices.” It is “named after the historic building in which the company is housed.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: 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 Paris is always advertise as the glamorous tourist destination. I like that Queen Marie Antoinette play a role in this book.

This book is told in the third person point of view following Camille Durbonne, 17, the responsible middle sister to drunken brother Alain, 19 and ill sister Sophie, 15. Camille can turn metal into coins using sorrow, but it weakens her when she overdoes it. They all are orphans living on minimum and behind on rent. It was the year 1789 in Paris, where the poor are abundant and aristocrats are wasteful. Sophie dreams of marrying rich to get out of the slump and Alain takes what little his sisters have to pay off his gambling debts. Camille dreams of a change, the forbidden magic or the hot air balloon explorer Lazare she met, may just give her the new life she craves.

Enchantee is very well written. I enjoy the romance a lot, especially all those flirting. I like the magic, though it seems not something to celebrate as the magic conjures sorrows instead of happiness. I like the communication at the time because it’s proper and sophisticated even between teenagers. This book has great set of characters, main and supporting. I like Rosier and his passion for the balloons. I like the twist to the dark magic. I like learning some french terms from this read! I recommend everyone to read this book.

Pro: fast paced, page turner, magic, Paris, hot air balloon, siblings, flirting, revolution, gambling

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita Trelease has lived in many 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. Along with her husband and son, Gita divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine. Enchantée is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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