Hey all! I’m excited to be partnering with Macmillan + Flat Iron Books to bring you all a fantastic giveaway for 1 hardcopy of Enchantee! But first, check out the synopsis and my review (spoiler – I loved it)!
About the book:
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 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. With her husband and son, Gita divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine. ENCHANTÉE is her debut novel.
Enchantee is 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 because she’s perfectly imperfect. She’s an older sister, who has the weight of caring and providing for her younger sister on her shoulders. Both girls – along with their horrible older brother – were left with nothing when their parents died. And while the brother * could * have provided for the girls with his position in the military, he gambles everything he makes away. Thus, Camille is left with the one thing she does have from her family – a mysterious magic box. And while she knows it is dangerous, she’ll do anything to get her and her sister out of poverty’s choking grasp.
Turns out, the box has a little something special that allows Camille to not only transform her appearance to that of a courtier, but she learns the art of illusion in full – including how to change the face of cards. Which means she can gamble… and win. The problem? The cost might be too high for Camille to play as she learns the consequences of her magic.
I don’t want to say much more, but alongside the high stakes, there’s a romance behind the scenes that I quite enjoyed, and of course, when things get messy – they get REALLY messy.
Overall, I loved exploring this world, and I’ll definitely be hoping for another book from the author one day soon!
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