Enchantée was such a hyped-up book & I was one of the many people that were incredibly over-excited about the release of this story, & when I got an ARC I squealed with excitement. I was not let down by this story at all, I adored it & missed it incredibly when it was over.
⚠ This book contains [sibling] violence & references of sexual assault/rape ⚠
Enchantée has become a massive book, with a lot of reviews being written, so I don’t want to ramble too much in mine – I also don’t think I need to write a synopsis, because if you don’t know what this book is about, where have you been?!
Firstly, I want to tackle a big theme of this book – poverty. I really, really love that Gita has chosen to write about a protag from a truly poor background; we don’t see it much but so many readers must struggled with money (partly because we’re obsessed with spending ours on books) so it seems strange to me that it’s not tackled more. The inclusion of a poor background really pulled me in & meant that I couldn’t help but wonder how different my life would be if I could do the things Camille could – although my circumstances are much better than those of Camille & her siblings’.
Now for the characters – the relationship between Camille & her younger sister Sophie was so real & there weren’t any of those dumb moments where you get annoyed with the protagonist for hiding things from the people close to them – all of Camille’s actions made sense & I could relate to her decisions. Although we’re not really alike, I identified with Camille through the fact that she caused herself pain in order to provide – it feels very close to the fact that I work to help my mum & I have a better life, despite how much pain I’m in at the end of the week. Although Camille’s pain is much different from mine, & in some ways self-inflicted, this was a part of the story that made the book important to me & I’m very grateful to Gita for that.
Now I can’t write this review without mentioning the love interest… Lazare is probably my first proper book crush in a very long time; everything about him would’ve made me weak at the knees & I loved how he behaved toward Camille. A true gentleman. I don’t often fall for books in boys like they’re real, but I definitely did for Lazare. The rest of the friends that Camille made during this story were brilliant too, & all of them earned a place in my heart.
The magical system of Enchanteé was ridiculously enchanting; I know that other reviewers have commented on the lack of explanation about the magic system, but in this case I think it helped add to the story. Camille doesn’t know much about her magic because she chose not to ask when she was little, & as magic is a dying art form, it makes sense that Camille wouldn’t know much about it. Not knowing about the magic system helped add to the mystery of revolutionary France, & I’m sure we’ll learn more in the rest of the series.
You should all know that I’m a massive history geek, however the only historical-fiction books I’ve read set in France have been war books so it was nice to read one set in a different era with different political issues surrounding the characters. Plus, it was historical-fantasy so I can’t complain about that. I was really caught up in the descriptions of every part of France that Camille explored; all of the buildings seemed so enticing, & the descriptions of the dresses left me intrigued, but also entertained me greatly.
Enchanteé was yet another book that left me desperate to keep turning the pages, until I hit sadness with the final page. If this book isn’t on your wishlist then you’re totally behind the times, & should add it immediately. And if you don’t own it – you really should…
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