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Blog Tour|Review: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Enchantée (Enchantée #1) by Gita Trelease
Published February 26th 2019 by Macmillan Children’s Books
RRP AUD $16.99
★★★★

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .

When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille is left to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine‘ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life . . .

Enchantée is a compelling historical fantasy and is Gita Trelease’s debut novel.

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Enchantee is Gita’s debut novel, so I was super excited to be a part of this blog tour. I didn’t know too much about it when I began the book, just knowing that it had magical aspects to it and the cover reminded me of Caraval (one of my favourite books!), so although I did have a few expectations I didn’t really know what was going to happen.

I actually really enjoyed this book! When I first began reading it, there was a certain magical quality to it and it was very easy to fall into the created world. Gita is very good at setting scenes and I loved how she made the locations more plausible by mixing in French words every now and then. I didn’t want to put it down! I flew through the book, reading it when I really should’ve been sleeping or working on assignments (worth it!), and it really kept me on my toes. There were lots of twists and turns that I really wasn’t expecting, and I didn’t know how things were going to turn out in the end.

However, regardless of how magical and immersive this story it is, it really highlighted the dangers of gambling and showed several sides to it – how people win, and how people fall so deep into it. I thought that was quite a good touch to the story, I mean I felt discouraged to gamble just from reading how it affected the various characters.

Camille, the protagonist in the story, was very family-oriented and I quite liked that. She was headstrong and was willing to do whatever it takes to ensure her family were safe and well. Although I did like her as a character, a lot of the time I was shaking my head going WHY CAMILLE??? Haha. She seemed to rush into things a lot of the time, not really thinking about the consequences or alternative actions, once she decided to do something she just did it.

The other characters were not too bad either, I didn’t really like Sophie as she seemed just a tad bit too naieve and bratty for my liking. I wish some of the other characters had a bit more depth to them too, I think that really would’ve made the story the tiniest bit more immersive, like when the other characters temporarily exited the story, they exited my brain too. I also got some of their names mixed up and had a slightly difficult time remembering who was who.

There were so many different twists and turns in the story, with characters completely flipping between personalities and everything was quite unexpected, but I think the ending made a lot of sense. The book certainly had a magical vibe to it, and I enjoyed reading it! I’m excited to see how Gita continues this story and will definitely be continuing to read the series as it expands in the future.

A special thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for the blog tour opportunity and for providing me with a review copy. Please note this does not affect my opinion of the book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Sweden, Gita Trelease has lived in New York, Paris, and tiny town in central Italy, though she has spent most of her life in New England. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in English literature and culture. Along with her husband and son, Gita divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine. Enchantée is Gita’s debut novel.

 


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