I received this book as an eARC from Macmillan Children’s in exchange for an honest view. All views and opinions in this book are my own.
Author: Gita Trelease
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
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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 pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the `Baroness de la Fontaine` and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life . . .
Enchantee is a compelling historical fantasy and is Gita Trelease’s debut novel.
Firs thing I’m gonna say is, even though the book hasn’t actually been released yet, there was such a hype around it that I automatically became slightly wary. The usual questions of will it live up to all the reviews that are raving about Enchantée? Will it be true to the time that it’s set in? And the answer is, without a doubt, YES!
I absolutely loved the interactions between the characters, the way the characters are hiding their own secrets, for a range of reasons. More than that, I loved seeing the build up to what could have caused the revolution, when you see how the aristocrats behave. It adds to the story. Another thing is the hot air balloon! The wonder and amazement leapt off the page, which is so apt and perfect for the time period it’s set in, that it’s nothing short of breathtaking!
Furthermore, I loved the romance! It wasn’t rushed, it didn’t take away from the storyline and most importantly, it didn’t become the main plot of the entire book! It is so easy to find books where romance is just taking over so that other problems pale in the storyline, but this was perfection.
Now the reason I’m giving it a 4 is not because I didn’t love the story, or because of a problem with the actual book. The pacing just died off for me about 3 three quarters of my way in, and that is pretty much the only reason why the book isn’t 5 stars!
Gita Trelease has managed to weave together an important part of history with such magic and beautiful characters that I cannot help but be amazed! I wish I was with the characters, in the same wondrous moments as them and experiencing all this as amongst the first few ever. I highly recommend this book, especially to historical fantasy lovers!