Enchantée by Gita Trelease
|| Young Adult Historical Fantasy || Feb 5 2019 ||Flatiron/Macmillan ||
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…
*ARC kindly provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
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I went into this with high hopes. It’s Paris! In 1789! The ///French Revolution//// is about to occur!!!!!
I have a lowkey secret passion for the French Revolution.
It’s because I’m in love with Sydney Carton.
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?????????
But I was completely indifferent to everything about this. And it’s 459 pages, so you have to *truly* be committed. And I was not.
This book is a YA Historical Fantasy in which there three types of magic in France. Magie Ordinaire (can change objects), Glamoire (change your sorry self), Magie Bibelot (I’m still confused).
Camille can do magic. but it comes at a price.
If she continues to turn scrap metal into money,,,she might be…………
Can I please state, for the record, that I’m tired of protagonists feeling bad about doing bad things. For the love of god, if you’re going to be bad, BE A BADASS about it. Don’t tremble at the sight of pastel morals!!!
BE A PROPER VILLAIN, HAVE FUN WITH YOUR SINFUL WAYS. Will we ever get another Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows???? I’m v sad bc our odds seem low.
Give me recs in the comments pls.
Camille’s parents are dead. Her younger sister Sophie is always sick. Her big brother, Alain, is the least helpful human being to ever contain life.
I have no doubts that if I were in a book I’d for sure be that one crazy person who poisons the annoying character’s tomato soup. I wouldn’t feel bad about poisoning Alain at alll.
The plot follows them all trying to make it in this big world.
Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I’m grateful to have been on this blog tour, though!!!!
TW: slut shaming, physical + emotional abuse, smallpox, alcoholism & gambling addiction
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