Book reviews, Historical fiction

Enchantee by Gita Trelease – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A compellingly beautiful tale of magic, intrigue and deception, set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Paris on the cusp of revolution. Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . . 

When seventeen-year-old Camille is left orphaned, she has 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 Versailles, 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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MY REVIEW 

Enchantée by Gita Trelease is a YA historical fantasy set at the time of the French Revolution. The story has elements of fact with events and people from history, there is also magic….

Camille family had never had much money and when her parents die of smallpox (prevalent at that time) Camille and her siblings are left alone.

Camille’s older brother is abusive to Camille and her sister and to protect them, Camille begins to practice dark magic…..and transforms herself as a baroness to enable her to enter the Palace of Versailles to try to make money by gambling..

An involved story that’s slow to build with lovely, descriptive writing by Gita Trelease, with some great characters and the relationship between Camille and her sister, Sophie is very strong and emotional. I loved the historical part too….of Paris at such a turbulent time.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Amazon US

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Book reviews

In Exile by Alexandra Turney – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

No one in this city has believed in me for two thousand years. I’m unknown and unloved. And I’m very, very ill.’ He sighed, and the sound chilled her blood. ‘Give me your hand.’

Dionysus, god of wine and divine ecstasy, is reborn in modern Rome. He doesn’t understand how or why he’s come to be here – a pagan god in a city where he has no believers. But when he meets fifteen-year-old Grace during a chance encounter in the Ghetto, he realises he has found his first new follower.

This is the beginning of Grace’s secret life, as she and her friends overcome scepticism and fear to become his worshippers, drinking his wine and taking part in bacchanals across the city. As the melancholy god lives out his exile, his teenage followers find they have everything to lose. And after the first bloodshed, they know that there’s no turning back…

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MY REVIEW

Grace is bored, it’s Summer in Italy and everyone is on holiday….while wandering she comes across a man, he claims to be Dionysus, an ancient god……somehow here in modern day Rome !!

Obviously she doesn’t believe him….that would be madness…. wouldn’t it?

But she soon changes her mind and soon recognises what he is. Her friends Sara and Caroline return from their holidays and she tells them all about Dionysus……and he is now glad to have these ‘nymphs’ to feed him…

Dionysus is the god of grapes and wine, but he is also the god of ritual madness and religious mania and he will lead the three teenagers to something new…….

This is a beautifully written tale by Alexandra Turney, of lost innocence, the building of a religious cult and how easy it is to influence the impressionable young, worse for wear due to wine and a smooth talking, charismatic being……. Just what are they capable of and do they fear the consequences? A scary thought. 

A quite extraordinary tale, which brings a bit of ancient mythology to the  modern day…..

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Buy a copy here 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Alexandra Turney grew up in London and studied English Literature at the University of Oxford. Her love of Romantic poets (and pasta) inspired her to move to Rome, where she has lived since 2013. She works as an English teacher and freelance writer. In Exile is her first novel.

TWITTER @AJLTurney

Paperback: 320 pages

• Publisher: Unbound Digital (24 Jan. 2019)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1789650062

• ISBN-13: 978-1789650068

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Exile-Alexandra-Turney/dp/1789650062/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550094272&sr=1-1&keywords=in+exile+alexandra+turney