Author: Gita Trelease
Publisher: My Kinda Book/Pan Macmillan
Published: 21st February (5th February USA)
Series: Enchantée (1/?)
Edition: ARC (UK)
My Rating: ★★★★★
Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own!
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)