A sweeping tale of dark magic, family duty, and epic love set in the royal courts of 18th-century Paris.
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Why I love it
Camille hated magic, but it was all she had.
When I started writing Enchantée, I knew I would draw on the time I’d lived in Paris to create the most immersive experience I could for my readers. I wanted them to feel as if they were stepping into the past … playing cards with the scheming courtiers at Versailles, soaring over the city in a hot-air balloon, sitting down to a whispered tête-à-tête with Marie Antoinette, and getting caught up in the revolutionary fervor of 1789. Then I added the thread of Camille’s darkly gleaming magic, because at its heart, this is a story about transformation and what we have the possibility of becoming.
Determined not to end up on the gritty streets of eighteenth-century Paris, impoverished orphan Camille Durbonne keeps herself and her younger sister alive by turning scraps of metal into coins, using a changeling magic fueled by her own sorrow. But when that isn’t enough to keep them safe, Camille turns to riskier spells to transform herself into an aristocrat and gamble at the court of Versailles. Aided by an ancestor’s enchanted dress, she strives to win this high-stakes game—but the court is more dangerous than she could have imagined, and she will need all her magic and more to survive as revolution erupts.
To all of you who dream, who want more from life, who are willing to use your magic to remake yourselves and rise: this book is for you.
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…
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Fort Worth, TX
Loved this one! Create historic accuracy and charming characters that will melt your heart. Magic comes with a twist in this book that makes your heart ache and ensures that this story won't leave you
Magic, Versailles, double lives, and love, could it get any better. Of course using magic to gamble at Versailles and keeping your story straight for your "pretend life" can only lead to trouble. ❤
Beautifully written. The characters danced off the page and drew you in all at the same time. The story was carried out wonderfully and kept you guessing about what would happen next. Loved this book.
What's not to love? Versailles/Paris just pre-revolution, a strong female lead who uses magic to help her & her sister survive, a love story, and hot air balloons. Many struggles but a happier ending.
I very much enjoyed the blend of French history with magic, as well as the glitz & glamour of Versailles. The characters’ mysterious backgrounds had me racing to the finish. Very satisfying ending.
Pure magic. That's what this book is. No matter what kind of person you are, there is something for everyone in this book (especially if you love history, France, and fashion). 10/10 would recommend.
Fort Smith, AR
Get swept up in the lavish lifestyle of the rich young aristocrats at the Palace of Versailles. Set during the French Revolution, this book is the perfect combination of romance, magic, and history.
The build was slow, but once Lazare arrived and the magic began to unfurl; I was enthralled. The last pages had my heart racing, much like Camille herself. I felt it all with her. I was Enchantée.
I loved this book! It was magical and enchanting. While it felt like two separate stories at first, Gita pulled everything together beautifully! Would definitely recommend this book to Romantics!
Virginia Beach, VA
I really enjoy this story. While reading, I felt like I was there experiencing everything with the characters. It was a cute love story. Very well written. I hope to read more from this author.
Tualatin , OR
Really loved this book. Good mix of love story, thrilling what comes next and magic. The French terms intermixed was great, exactly the French to English translations in the back of the book.
This was truely magical. The story, the writing, and the characters were all enchanting and whimsical and beautiful. The story provoked strong feelings throughout the book. Amazing read!
This book is absolutely WONDERFUL! even though it’s supposed to be YA, it’s not childish at all. It’s a beautifully told story and I can’t wait to see more from this author
I loved the characters, I loved the story. I really enjoyed traveling back to the 18th century with these characters. Any book that raises my anxiety, is always a plus for me.
This book spoke to me through my mind and my heart. I feel like everyone can relate to this book and just fall in love with this different type of fairy tale. If only.
one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long, long time. I thought I was fizzing out of my love for the fantasy genre all together and this rekindled my love!
Gilbert , AZ
I loved Enchantee!! It’s a book about mystery, magic, deceit, romance, and revolution. It is beautifully written and very imaginative. I highly recommend this book!
Couldn't put this book down! I've loved Marie Antoinette and anything around this time period, so this book captured that time so perfectly. Would recommend highly!
Meadville , PA
This book was written so well. I don't normally like books like this but I would read an other one like this. It was so page turning and I couldn't put it down.
Orting , WA
Is it too cheesy to say this book was enchanting? Love the magical twist and how the MC has to work for her magic. I did not see that ending coming, though!