Enchantee

Enchantee

Book - 2019
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After smallpox takes their parents, seventeen-year-old Camille supports herself and her sister by magically transforming herself into a baroness in the court at Versailles, then faces difficult choices as the French Revolution looms.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250295521
Branch Call Number: TREL
Characteristics: 449 pages : map on endpapers ; 25 cm

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JessicaGma May 29, 2019

It was much better than I thought it was going to be - pretty people at Versailles has been done, but the magic was smart, and the action was cracking. I did get angry at one point as the characters put in a down payment on a storefront - not before the Revolution, friends! But the attention to place and time was very well done. Camille and Sophie were perfect.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 27, 2019

In Paris, 1789, Camille Durbonne seeks to enter the infamous court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette for money and power. It was a thrilling and absorbing read that I really enjoyed being so different to the usual stories I read and being a historical novel too that was still very fast-paced and exciting. I loved the romance, the hope and even the sorrow that the main character experienced because it was all so strong for her and it came through the author’s writing wonderfully.

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AConsolver
Feb 21, 2019

4.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy fantasy. historical fiction, and a bit of romance.

Camille's parents are dead, her brother is a gambling, violent drunk, and her younger sister is wasting away in sickness and hunger. As her brother continues to pawn off their only possessions, Camille must turn to la magie, a small magic she learned from her mother. She can turn rusted nails to coins, but not for long. As their situation becomes more dire, she must open her mother's mysterious magic box, and see what else waits for her in the world of magic. The magic dress in the box causes her to appear as an aristocrat. This is all for a price: her blood. As she begins to visit Versailles and turn cards while gambling, she starts to earn money to live on. However, not everyone she meets at court is who they seem. She also meets Lazare and his friends, aeronauts with a flying balloon, and wants a real life filled with hope and purpose, not one that relies on magical tricks and deceit. But can she turn away from the pull of Versailles before she becomes trapped?

This was such an interesting book! I enjoyed the setting more than I expected to (pre-French revolution). I appreciated how descriptive Trelease's writing was, especially in painting the picture of Versailles and Paris. There were so many dreamy lines about hazy nights, starlit skies, etc. etc. I'm a sucker for that. I liked Camille and her desire to care for her sister and remember her parents. I also really liked Lazare and his friends with their hot air balloon. The magic system was incredibly interesting, at first I felt like I could have enjoyed this just as much if it had been historical fiction instead.... but as things came together in the end it all felt just write. Really woven well together. I enjoyed Camille's struggle to provide for her family and build a new life, while navigating the perilous social structure of Versailles as well. I also appreciated that her friends struggled with double lives whether in the same way as her, or in a different way. The characters were fairly complex for YA fantasy. I also appreciated that there was a bit of diversity in the characters. There is an LBGTQ+ relationship, and one of the main characters is biracial. In the end the story went a few surprising places, and I was really caught up in the action and resolution. I loved that this book was a bit romantic as well. It wasn't the whole purpose of the book, but it was still a little swoony. In the end I liked that this book had so many layers, and that it ultimately focused on hope. Though this does not end on a cliff-hanger, I heard that there will be a second book, which I am excited to read in the future.

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goddessbeth
Jan 18, 2019

From the first page, I was drawn into the lush beauty and high stakes of the world. The historically accurate detail of the era, the well fleshed out characters, the system of magic- all of it worked well to keep me engaged in the story. With the beginnings of the French Revolution as the backdrop, it touches on the class system and its unfairness (without making the wealthy and titled characters the bad guys, or the poor characters the good guys), the exploration of science during that era (nicely juxtaposed with the existence of magic), addiction, sisterhood, and much more...and it does so without losing the heart of the story or flattening any characters. It would've been easy to make Sophie the witless little sister, for example, but even though most of her plot happens off screen, she's still a character with agency. The villain was a bit obvious from his oil slick charm, but I don't think the reveal of an unexpected bad guy was necessary for the plot. There's a very sweet romance running throughout, as well, with what felt like realistic concerns and doubts that accompany a budding romance. I did take half a star off for the stakes being lowered, at the end, with a miraculous recovery (no spoilers). But overall this was an engaging read that I really enjoyed!

*I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Enchantée from Flatiron Publishing, so I got to read this one before it's officially published. That may mean the published edition is slightly different than the ARC.

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Mar 05, 2019

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