Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.
Yves Rencourt, the chandler’s apprentice, had lost his wig.
“You’re not going, are you?”
“I’m afraid so,” he said, letting himself out of the gondola.
“Your timing is perfect, Lazare!” exclaimed Rosier, leaping out of his seat to show them his drawing. “See? All finished. I’ve captured you with the dreamiest expression mademoiselle. It’ll be perfection on the poster: Girl Ascends the Heavens!”
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…
25th – 31st– How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I managed 188 books last year, well over my ambitious 150 goal. This year I’ve decided not to set myself a Goodreads number, but to take part in some yearlong reading challenges and to set myself some goals: My post about those goals is here. I’ll focus on these and ignore my numbers.