Hype Post – Enchantee by Gita Trelease

**Disclaimer, I have not read Enchantee or any spoilers about it.  The following post is pure speculation on what I think I will like and dislike about it.**

Title Enchantee

Author Gita Trelease

Description from Amazon

Paris is a labyrinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome young inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.

But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose―love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic―before Paris burns.

Initial Thoughts

I am all about historical fiction.  I am also all about YA fantasy (basically anything with magic).  So, any book that combines magic with history, that’s my jam.  And, France.  I love France.  For some reason, French history is just so rich and amazing.  I love French inspired YA books.  Please see An Affair of Poison, Rookand Madam Tussaud’s Apprentice.

Cover Art

I do not like the US cover of this book.  I don’t like that it’s a zoomed in face.  The one thing I will compliment, is the color scheme.  I like that it’s the colors of the French flag.  I think that’s a cool idea.

I do, however, love the UK cover.  All black (so up my alley) with delicate designs.  This cover is much better.

Notes on the Dust Jacket

There’s so much I love about this description.  And, that tag line.  “Love.  Magic.  Revolution.”  I love it.

I am very excited for a mix of history, fantasy, and science that I think will be prominently featured in this story.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure if this is the start of a series but I hope it’s the start of a trend of books from Gita Trelease.  It’s so difficult to find good YA historical fiction.  Therefore, I have very high hopes for this book.

Side note, I delayed in reading my copy of this one until I tracked down that UK cover (pictured above).

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