- Hardcover: 449 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (5 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250295521
- ISBN-13: 978-1250295521
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 658 g
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"Enchantée is a soaring success. I can think of no more satisfying way to fly across the years and enjoy a gilded view of Paris as it never was but could have been, with a little magic." --NPR
"Romance and fantasy readers will enjoy the magic realism, ruse and tension of Camille's double identity, authentic historical references, and Camille's daring, passionate spirit. A must-have." --School Library Journal, starred review
"An immersive, glittering debut that intriguingly blends history and fantasy. A striking examination of power, privilege, and choice in a limited world makes Trelease a new voice to watch." --ALA Booklist
"Set against the burgeoning throes of revolution, this immersive drama makes brilliant use of its conceit. Fans of substantial historical romance as well as fantasy will be thoroughly enchanted." --BCCB
"An extended riff on Charles Perrault's version of the Cinderella tale, this is an ambitious, rich and absorbing debut, featuring intrigues, balloons, midnight games of hide-and-seek among the fountains at Versailles. Gita Trelease's Enchantée is a fine teen novel that deals with concealment and identity: the young characters experiment, hiding and revealing secrets, as France tries to forge a new path. This is a thrilling account of love, passion and adventure." --Literary Review (UK)
"A triumph which should keep young readers enthralled to the meticulously plotted end." --The Telegraph (UK)
"Enchantée is a sparkling, decadent confection of a book, one with a hidden bite. Its sumptuous and evocative Paris has magical depths that will enthrall you. Be careful. Once you start reading, you won't stop until the final page." --Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning
"Enchantée is truly enchanting: a sumptuous, slow burn of a book that builds to an exciting conclusion. This is a book to be savored: from the rich, detailed descriptions of Paris on the brink of revolution; to the witty repartee and tender romance; to the dark, dangerous thread of magic woven through this wonderfully vivid world that Gita Trelease has crafted. I didn't want it to end!" --Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion
"Deliciously addictive. Enchantée is a lit firework crackling with treacherous magic, decadent romance, and disguises that take on lives of their own. I adore this gorgeous book." --Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
"Air balloons and intrigue, magic and mayhem, all in a sumptuous Paris on the verge of revolution--a delight from beginning to end." --Alison Goodman, author of The Dark Days Club
"An intoxicating blend of opulence, magic, intrigue and romance. Gita Trelease deftly balances a spellbinding story of desperation and deceit on the precipice of the epic revolution that changed history. Camille's tale wrapped around me as entrancingly as her magical gown. J'étais enchantée par ce livre." --Alwyn Hamilton, author of Rebel of the Sands
"A heady, sparkling dream of a book. I tumbled head over heels into Enchantée's dark and sumptuous magical Paris and wanted to stay there forever. One of the best fantasies I've read in years." --Margaret Rogerson, author of An Enchantment of Ravens
"Enchantée is an utterly beguiling spell that lingers long after the final page." --Laura Sebastian, author of Ash Princess
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How it deepens, introducing the thief, Camille, and the magic she uses as she struggles to keep herself and her ailing sister off the streets following their parents’ death from smallpox.
How it pivots, to show us a different side of Camille as she sprints across a field to save a handsome aeronaut when his hot air balloon flounders, at the same time introducing the revolutionary science of the time.
How it deepens again, as Camille’s last remaining food and money are stolen, forcing her to turn to a more dangerous magic to pay the rent, and to more risky marks – the aristocrats at Versailles.
Then pivots again, and again until the reader is fully enmeshing in the politics at the brink of the French Revolution.
Trelease’s writing is cinematic in its detail, the characters are fresh and diverse, the historical aspects of the book researched with great care, and the plot is always moving forward. Enchantée is a stand-out, perfect for readers who love fantasy, love historical fiction, or simply love a worthwhile story well told. It makes pre-revolutionary Paris relevant to today’s teens.
Camille is a character both vulnerable and determined, driven by dire situations to make a better life for her and her sister—even by using dark magic. As she travels back and forth from Paris to Versailles, the contrast between her true life and her false life blur. Who she loves, who she befriends, who she makes an enemy, all collide. And because each character is so well-developed, I cared about their fates, and their relationships, as much as Camille’s.
I would have to recite ENCHANTÉE from start to finish to share all the things I loved about this beautiful book!
There were indeed French terms throughout the story, so that is the first thing I want to note. However the author did provide a glossary at the end of the book for readers which helped a lot. I could tell the author wanted to make sure the reader really enjoyed her novel, and I extremely appreciated the inclusion of the glossary. My not having taken any French in high school or college did not affect my reading, and having that experience in this book was extremely interesting. It actually kept me more invested in the story and what the characters were saying.
The story was very interesting, and the struggle the main character endured drew me in. However, the conflict was fairly "lukewarm" in a way. The novel focused more on the characters rather than the plot or main conflict. I enjoyed the characters very much and was really glad this was not an over-dramatic, romance-filled novel. However, I did find myself at time questioning what the main conflict was. At some point, the characters seemed to forget their troubles, but it seemed like that was intentional. I found myself asking if the character even really cared about the financial difficulties that drive the beginning of the novel. At some point, I said, "Camille, it's time to snap out of it. Remember what you told herself."
By about forty to fifty percent into the novel, Camille's focus changed. Or rather, she got distracted and too caught up in the elegance of her facade. I mean, I couldn't blame her. I was just as much invested in it as she was. The elegance and beauty of it just drew me in, and I just wanted her to remain in that state longer so I could enjoy her lavishing experiences. I do admit that I wished her family conflicts drove more of the plot, but it drove it enough to lead Camille to other small conflicts and obstacles that held my attention. I expected the family struggles to provide more urgency than they actually did. However, they did eventually catch up to Camille and remind her of what she was fighting for.
Who would I recommend this to? Anyone in love with France and elegantly clever female characters. Magic lovers. Fantasy lovers. And history lovers. This book has a bit of everything. There's a bit of romance, but it is not the main driving force of the story, which I actually enjoyed for a change. There is just enough of it to draw you in.