Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Length: 480 pages
Published on 21st February 2019 by Macmillan Childrens Books
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Received for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: 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…
If you follow me on twitter or goodreads then you may already know how this mini-review plays out.
If you don’t, then welcome.
In January I read 12 other books, but then 10 days that existed whilst I tried to read Enchantée I made very slow progress on any books.
I really wanted to love this book and the synopsis really dragged me in, however after 80~ pages over 10 days I had to accept we weren’t going to be best friends.
Usually I will group my DNF reviews together due to their shortness but as I don’t think this is a bad book I’m pretty happy to let this review exist on its own.
My trouble with Enchantée is that I found it too slow.
There were a few elements that had been introduced in these pages that definitely held my interest but they just weren’t enough.
I wanted to know more about Camille’s magic, I wanted to get to know mysterious balloon boy better, and I wanted to see Camille’s brother get what he deserves (hopefully?). It was just happening too slowly.
I really don’t think it helped that January was also a very good book haul month for me so whilst I was struggling through this I had a very enticing book pile encouraging me to dive in.
I think when it gets to the point that you’re putting off reading you just gotta accept defeat and move along.
As I do believe this book has potential I think its worth you also read a review from someone who finished it and loved it so here is Beths. I also would like to try and rehome my ARC to someone who is super interested in it!