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Blog Tour: Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen

I am so pleased to be on the blog tour for Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen. I’m a huge fan of history. So, I was so glad when I was given the opportunity to read about my idols during World War II.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Smith Publishing for allowing me to read the e-arc and also send me a physical arc.

Summary

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother who she was.” Audrey Hepburn’s war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the “Bridge Too Far” battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as Audrey became Arnhem’s most famous young ballerina. Audrey’s own reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war, wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light on the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War II. Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos. Many of these images are from Audrey’s personal collection and are published here for the first time. – (via Goodreads )

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review

Dutch Girl follows young Audrey Hepburn during the Second World War. The foreword is written by her youngest son, Luca Dotti.

Audrey Hepburn was shy, introvert that longed to be a dancer in the ballet. We learn of Audrey’s childhood; her father leaving, her mother’s pro-German attitude before the war and how this effected the young girl. It was her dream to become a dancer. It was these dance lessons that allowed her to become more expressive in life.

As a reader, we follow this young girl who longed to be a dancer through her traumatic time in the Netherlands during the war. We find out in this interesting book why Audrey Hepburn was so hesitant to talk about the war during interviews with the media. Dutch Girl gives historical context to the beloved star and her family during this devastating period. We follow the family and Audrey as they grieve, they starve, and live in their cellar.

Dutch Girl is a wonderfully written book and has been well researched. There’s so much writing, context and sources mentioned that truly bring a strong description of Audrey Hepburn, her family and the Netherlands during the Second World War. I loved this book because I truly felt with every page I was learning something new. It’s truly heart-breaking.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Audrey Hepburn, like myself, or a lover of history. It’s a fantastically put together and after reading, you will sit thinking how lucky we are.

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Book Review: Love Punked by Nia Lucas

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Summary 

When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’.

Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent.

Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse.

Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along. (via goodreads)

My Rating: 4.5/5

Non Spoiler Review

Love Punked gave me all the emotions! We follow our main character, Erin Roberts, as she goes through life after giving birth to twins when she is sixteen. From there, it’s a fantastic emotional rollercoaster that had me laughing, crying, angry. I fell in love with Erin and her, I don’t really care what others think, attitude. She’s such a strong character and watching her mature and grow as a character was one of the most wonderful things about this novel.

Nia Lucas’ writing is excellent! She captures teenager life, motherhood and being a young adult beautifully and accurately with her writing. I enjoyed watching all these characters grow up. Nia Lucas wrote her characters with so much depth that I quickly grew attached to the majority of the characters in this novel. I wanted them all to achieve their dreams and have a happy ending. I was really rooting for them all!

Another aspect I loved about this book was the humour. Nia Lucas captured British teen humour brilliantly in her writing. It reminded me of being back in school and I couldn’t stop laughing. Love Punked was an incredibly funny novel but it also had serious moments that were excellently written. I cried in this novel! Nia Lucas’ writing is truly exceptional and it is demonstrated in this novel.

When reading, I couldn’t wait to find out the ending! I am not going to spoil anything but I was getting so frustrated with certain characters that I wanted to put them in a room and tell them to sort it out their problems, haha!

This book is definitely perfect for fans who loved Love, Rosie/ Where Rainbows End.

Love Punked is truly a fantastic novel that had me hooked from start to finish. It’s a compelling read that will leave you feeling so many emotions.

I highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: Artists, Poets, Lovers by Mira Tudor

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Summary

PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.

Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things. ( via goodreads )

My Rating: 3/5

Non-Spoiler Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Mira Tudor for contacting me with her book and allowing me to read in exchange for a review.

This does not affect my opinion of the novel in anyway.

Poets, Artists and Lovers is set in Romania and follows several creative characters. We follow the characters over a large period of time, often seen in flashbacks which brings depth to these fascinating characters. The characters were incredibly flawed and human which I love when reading because it makes the characters more compelling to read. There was a certain characters that I didn’t like or didn’t agree with their actions but it made the novel interesting. There is a large number of characters but I loved how they were all related or connected to each other in some form. It really pulled the story together.

It is a novel filled with philosophical and cultural ideas that is incredibly fast pace, pulling you in. Each character has its own distinct voice that makes it easy to follow and keep up with the pace of the novel. The conversations are realistic and intellectual which only adds for an entertaining read. However, sometimes, the conversations between the characters went over my head slightly as I was unsure of what they were talking about. Despite this, it was not a struggle to keep up with what was happening due to Mira Tudor’s writing. This book definitely reads like Literary fiction.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are highly creative and adults who can relate to the interesting prose.

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Book Review: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

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Summary

Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves. – (via Goodreads)

My Rating: 4/5

Non-Spoiler Review

Opposite of Always is a YA contemporary that deals with time travel. What would you do if you could go back in time and save someone you love? What decisions would you make? This debut novel asks these questions and we watch as Jack makes different decisions each time and the consequences of those actions. I loved this aspect of this romance novel because each time something happened it led towards something else happening, for better or worse.

Reynolds writes flawlessly throughout this book. He writes the novel in first person and every now then address the reader which only immerses the reader further into the story. Jack is a fun, negative and delightful character. His thoughts and actions had me laughing out loud several times. Reynolds writing through Jack’s perspective adds tot he wonderful charm of Opposite of Always. Kate is such a vibrant character. She’s so smart and full of life. I loved reading the scenes between her and Jack because they worked so well together. Honestly, the characters in this novel bring the text to life so much more. As we see Jack travel back in time, we learn more and more about the other characters such as Jillian, Franny. The characters are excellent! They truly become part of you.

Despite this story, repeating the beginning of a similar situation every few chapters, it does not become repetitive. I was intrigued and so invested in the characters that I wondered what would happen, what would change in this scenario.

Opposite of Always is a fantastic debut novel that centres around love and friendship. I enjoyed reading every second of this book and read it so quickly. This is definitely a book you could read in one sitting.

This is the perfect Spring read! I can’t wait to see what Justin A. Reynolds writes next. I loved this book so much. I highly recommend it.

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Book Review: We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo

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Summary

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.

On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.

A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine…Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.

A stunning and original YA fantasy from a fantastic new talent. Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Melinda Salisbury. (– via Goodreads)

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Non Spoiler Review 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read the e-arc of this novel! Also, I had intended to have this posted earlier but due to me being unwell for nearly two weeks I was unable to post.

We Are Blood and Thunder is a new YA fantasy that follows the perspective of both Lena and Constance. The dual perspective in this book was done very well. The main characters are very different from each other and do not overshadow each other in the narratives. Lena and Constance are both strong female characters that go through very different journeys in the novel which I found fascinating. Lupo did a fantastic job of creating strong female characters whilst highlighting the key differences between them.

The initial pull for me to want to read this book was the premise. The idea was original, creepy and filled with magic. I loved the idea of two girls being the key to unlocking the storm that is plaguing their city. Thankfully, the novel did not disappoint! The world building was simple but endearing. The world building was embedded wonderfully into the story and it wasn’t thrown at us on the first page. I loved how magic and the relationship to the Gods had a colour system!

The plot is fast paced but it’s easy to keep with what is going on and it doesn’t feel too rushed. We Are Blood and Thunder is filled with minor twists and turns and one major twist at the end that will leave your mind blown! I loved the twist.

Kesia Lupo’s fantasy novel We Are Blood and Thunder is wonderfully written and easy to read. I highly recommend this book to this who are just getting into the fantasy genre, and of course, those who love fantasy because it’s an easy compelling read.

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Book Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Summary

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself. – (via Goodreads)

My  Rating 4/5

Non-Spoiler Review 

If you read my My Spring TBR post then you’ll know that The Cruel Prince was high priority for me to read over the next few months. I was excited to read the novel because I have heard so many great things about it. However, when reading, I noticed that this book has many mixed reviews.

For me, personally, I loved this book.

The Cruel Prince follows a human girl, Jude, who had been whisked away into the Faerie Lands. I’ve not read many Fae novels or stories but I really felt this novel was unique because it portrayed the Fae as cruel, violent and flawed. Even Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, who are human, have become a darker versions of themselves to survive in this world.

Holly Black was amazing at writing flawed characters! Every single character had several flaws, all of them being in the grey area between the good versus evil that we often see in Fantasy. These flawed and unreadable characters that were power hungry made The Cruel Prince such an interesting and intriguing read.

Black also did a wonderful job of creating this world. I didn’t find the information hard to follow nor was I confused at any stage by what was happening. I really enjoyed the pacing of the novel as well.

There were so many twist and turns throughout the novel that I didn’t see coming, especially towards the end of the novel.

I can’t wait to read The Wicked King, the second novel in the series to see what happens next.

The Cruel Prince is a fast paced, dark tale about betrayal and power in Faerie Lands. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something that isn’t traditional fantasy, in terms of good and evil.

Have you read The Cruel Prince? What did you think?

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My Spring TBR

Hey everyone!

I am finally back with a new post after being away last week for my brother’s birthday.

Recently, on Twitter, I posted a poll and asked if you would be interested in seeing seasonal TBRs because I’m not doing monthly TBRs this year and everyone said yes!

Last month, I posted Top 5 Books I Want to Read by Spring and unfortunately, I’ve not read any of these books because I’ve been swamped with NetGalley e-arcs. So, check out that post because that list of books are also part of my Spring TBR.

Here are another 5 books I hope to read by the end of Spring:

1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I won this book in a giveaway last year and I still haven’t read it. I definitely feel that this is a book I would love. It’s fantasy and there’s fae! I need to read it ASAP.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Again, this is another book that has been sitting on my shelf since last summer. I’ve read Vicious and City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab and I adore her writing. I have such high expectations for this book, so I really hope I can read the first book in this trilogy. Fingers crossed that I can read the trilogy but we’ll see.

3. Odd One Out by Nic Stone

I fell in love with Nic Stone’s writing after I read Dear Martin. Immediately after reading that novel, I pre-ordered this one: Odd One Out. This is a quite a short contemporary read so I can definitely see me getting to this one before the end of spring.

4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I am so excited to read this book! I pre-ordered but I want to catch up on my TBR before I fully commit to reading this. It’s such a huge book that I want to be able to enjoy reading it without worrying about other books that I need to read.

5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is a bonus addition to my Spring TBR. If you looked at the other post, I linked at the beginning of the post. I said I had originally wanted to read The Grisha Trilogy by the end of the Spring or at least start it. Obviously that didn’t happen because I didn’t realise how close Spring was when I posted. So, I’m hoping to get to that trilogy and Six of Crows by the end of Spring.

These along with Top 5 Books I Want to Read by Spring are my official Spring TBR. I really hope I can get to all these books by the end of Spring.

Have you read any of these books? Should I prioritise any?

Do you have any books you want to read?

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Blog Tour: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Hello, everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Blood Prince blog tour. This is the third and final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign series. I’ve previously reviewed the first two books in the series on my blog. You can check out them out here: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey Book Review and The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey – Book Review

The Sovereign series is the sequel to series to the Solis Invicti series. You can check out my review for the first book in the series here: A Bargain In Silver ( Solis Invicti 1) by Josie Jaffrey Review

The Blood Prince Synopsis

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

My rating: 5/5

My Review

As you all probably know by now, I am a HUGE fan of Josie’s writing and this post-apocalyptic vampire world that she has created. It’s one of my favourite series of all time along with the Solis Invicti series. I have been eagerly awaiting this third and final book in the sensational trilogy yet at the same time, I did not want to come to an end! Josie Jaffrey creates loveable realistic characters and thrilling plot that captures your attention from the first page.

The Blood Prince is no different. Instantly, I was welcomed back into the chaos of the Red and Blue that we left in The Silver Queen. I was engrossed in the plot, the action, the drama that was already happening and continued to happen throughout the novel. One of the many things I love about Josie’s writing is that she manages to deliver everything to make a fantastic novel; drama, action, character growth, and romance.

The novel is told through the two perspectives; Julia, a human trying to survive in the corrupt society of the silver, and Cameron, a silver and member of the Solis Invicti. I absolutely adore these characters with every inch of me. Julia has gone through such an incredible journey through the trilogy and it just makes her stronger. Her growth has made her one of my favourite characters of all time. Also, I love Cameron and the compassion he has for human life. His relationship with Felix throughout the trilogy has quickly become one of my favourite ships! I love them. This dual perspective is not confusing and does not distract from the story. Josie Jaffrey is excellent at maintaining a balance between the multi-perspective and it only furthers the plot as we as readers can see what is happening in both the Red and the Blue.

I won’t go too much into the plot of the story just in case you haven’t read the first two books in the series: The Gilded King and The Silver Queen. However, I will say that The Blood Prince is a satisfying end to a enthralling trilogy. I highly recommend this series. Josie Jaffrey writes detailed characters and description that everything you read becomes so intensely real it’s hard to put down the novel.

Excerpt

Julia sipped at her tea, relishing the warmth as it spread into her chest.
‘I just thought he was going to change things,’ she said. ‘I thought the Queen was supposed to come back, wake up the King and bring us a cure for the contamination.’
‘But you know what the contamination really is now. We both know what it really is.’
The Weeper vaccine. The Silver cure.
Julia had told Livia the truth the moment she’d returned from the Red.
‘I know,’ said Julia, ‘but still, shouldn’t something have changed? All the lives lost and battles fought and still things are happening exactly as they used to. The Candidates are still being cast, the Attendants are still bleeding, the Servers are still slaving, and above it all the Nobles are still taking exactly what they want from us. How is that fair?’
Livia settled back in her seat.
‘Well, now, that depends on what you’re asking. If you’re asking how it’s fair that they’ve used us for this long, then the answer is it’s not. It’s never been fair, and there’s no wiping that blame away from them. But if you’re asking how it’s fair that they’re still allowed to use us when you know very well what has the power to make them stop… Well, that’s a different question, isn’t it?’
Julia put her tea aside, no longer thirsty.
‘What are you saying?’ she said.
‘You know what’s in the blood of them outside the Blue. The way I see it, you’ve got a choice: either you accept things as they are, or you do something about it.’
Julia couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Yes, she’d resolved to change the way that things were in the Blue, and yes, the thing that had motivated her was the knowledge that the contamination could be used as a weapon against the Nobles, but she hadn’t quite put the two together into a course of action. The thought of actually using that weapon felt too extreme to contemplate.
But it was the logical end point, one Julia knew she’d have to accept.

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I would like to thank Josie Jaffrey for sending me The Blood Prince in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to thank her for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. In the picture above, you can see where the next stops are on the tour up until the 9th March. You can also type in the #TheBloodPrinceBlogTour on Twitter to find the related blog posts that you might have missed!

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Book Review: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

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Release Date: 1st March 2019

Summary 

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit. (via goodreads )

My Rating: 4.5/5

Non-Spoiler Review 

First of all, I would like to thank Netgalley and Sourcebook Fire for allowing to read this novel early and review it.

You Asked for Perfect is the most relatable book I’ve ever read. Silverman manages to create a fast paced novel that really resembles the stress placed upon teenagers in school. It was exceptional how the writing style really mirrored this chaos and how the mind works: constantly having other things on your mind whilst trying to complete a task. However, the writing isn’t confusing or distracting. It’s a perfect combination for theme of the novel; pressure to succeed and get grades.

I fell in love with this book immediately. I read it one sitting! There’s so much character diversity in this book and every single one, I loved. I want to be part of that friendship group so badly! Our protagonist, Ariel, is constantly putting pressure on himself to achieve the best grades, do volunteer work and play the violin so he can get accepted into Harvard. I found this anxiety and stress to do well in school and to achieve the best grades extremely relatable. I experienced the same stress when I was in school and university. Ariel is also bisexual and I found it interesting how he also mentions coming out to his parents, figuring out he was bisexual. It was an amazing read filled with so much diversity. I loved it!

Throughout the novel, we go on Ariel’s journey as he tries to get the grade he so desperately wants. I really rooted for this character to achieve his goals! I felt like this with all the characters like Sook who wants to become a musician and Amir who wants to become a doctor. Laura Silverman writes excellent characters, filled with depth and, honestly, it’s impossible not to love them. However, You Asked for Perfect isn’t simply about this social pressure to achieve A’s. It’s about the more important things in life like friendship, family relationships and love. It deals with struggles of wanting to be the best and the anxiety that school stress can give you.

I LOVED this book! I can’t express how important this book is to read not just for young adults, teens, who are experiencing this issue but for parents as well. When reading this book, it really reminds you what is important life.

You Asked for Perfect is original, diverse, relevant and filled with a lot of cuteness. This is a wonderful read that I highly recommend! Please go pick yourselves up a copy.

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Book Review: Enchantee by Gita Trelease

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Book Description 

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… – ( via Goodreads)

 

My Rating: 4/5

Book Review (Non-Spoiler)

Enchantee is a historical fiction and fantasy novel set in Paris. This novel takes place during 1789, the French revolution, where people are rioting, starving, etc. However, in this magical alternative history some people can wield magic that allows them to survive. The use of magic in this completely mundane world was written excellently. The rules and the magic systems were not overly complex but simply, enchanting! Yes, enchanting! Gita Trelease creates such a wonderful magic system that is truly compelling.

The setting of Paris is sensational. Gita Trelease’s captivating writing completely emerges you into Paris, France during this time. Her use of French terms and names throughout the novel, really brings the setting and this alternative world to life. When reading it only made me more desperate to travel to Paris. With the use of the French terms, it doesn’t make the novel confusing or distract from the plot in anyway. Gita Trelease manages to create a wonderful balance between the French language and the English language as to not to confuse the reader. Also, I loved seeing the French language in the novel, like I said it brought the setting to life but I also found myself learning the words when reading.

There are many characters in the novel that evoked emotions from me. They were written so well! Even minor characters, I found myself having an opinion on them. There wasn’t a character that I was indifferent to within this novel. They were all written brilliantly, full of depth and interesting description that instantly made them feel real.

Our main character, Camille, was my favourite throughout the novel. She’s hardworking, intelligent, magical and willing to do anything to keep her and her sister safe from the ruins of Paris. Yet, she can also be quiet naïve about her situation and is quickly swept up in the politics of the French Court. I found myself rooting for Camille’s happiness from the very beginning. I adored her strength and determination.

Enchantee is a fantastic novel that is written with so much precision and care that it is hard not to love this novel. It deals with identity, magic, family and love. It’s truly sensational and will transport you back in time with Gita Trelease’s writing.

I highly recommend this book.

It will officially be released in the UK on the 21st February 2019.

Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Publishers for allowing me to have an e-arc for this novel.

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