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{G I F T E D} Enchantée by Gita Trelease | Review

Title: Enchantée

Author: Gita Trelease

Publisher: My Kinda Book/Pan Macmillan

Published: 21st February (5th February USA)

ISBN: 9781509895977

Series: Enchantée (1/?)

Pages: 480

Edition: ARC (UK)

My Rating: ★★★★★

Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own!


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…

I was gifted an ARC copy of this book for free from Pan Macmillan in exchange for a review.

This book was just absolutely magnifique that I just fell in love with this story from page one.

Based in Paris 1789, we read this story from Camilles point of view, the middle sister with a younger sister, Sophie and an older brother Alain who is a gambling addict and bets away all their money and even their dresses! He is absolutely despicable!

Because of Alain using all of their money on gambling, Camille needs to get some money together for their rent so she depends on her magic but after dealing with petty magic and it not working in their favour, Camille goes higher and pursues dark magic which was forbidden by her mother but Camille sees no other way. She transforms herself completely so that she is not recognisable and goes to Palace of Versailles and pretends to be a Baroness where she gambles at cards so that she can keep her and her sister safe.

This book, like I said was absolutely amazing, I loved the characters, we see a lot of development with our main character Camille and how much she does to care for her younger sister! The main story of this book pretty much revolves around gambling and how Camille uses her magic to disguise herself and win some money using her magic.

This book is a YA historical fantasy and it is the first book in a series I believe, I’m not sure how many books though, however I did see on Goodreads that she did imagine this book as a standalone so if you didn’t want to carry on the series, it does wrap up really well and you can get the closure you need.

As it’s set in 1789, we’re on the verge of the French Revolution which is what we go into in the second book! (This is what I saw the author write on Goodreads!) There are some French words thrown into this book which I didn’t mind and I enjoyed that. (Thank goodness for GCSE French!)

I found this to be a fast paced read and I tried to devour as much of it as I could between work and other adult things. I must say that I’m not the biggest reader of historical books but I kinda want to read more now that I’ve read this one!

I definitely recommend that you all get this book, especially pre-ordering it if you’re in the UK (as it’s already out in the USA)

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