Enchantée by Gita Trelease - a Fabulous French Feature for Bastille Day that will Dazzle You!
Enchantée is a glamorous, magical and thrilling tale that will transport you to Paris for a captivating trip!
In love with all things French and Parisian? So am I!
Whether it's learning to speak some French, admiring the fashion, enjoying the food, or learning about it's history, France is definitely one of the places I'd want to visit someday, and Enchantée takes you back to 18th century France for a dazzling ride you'll love reading!
Looking for more great YA page-turners to enjoy the summer with? Here are some of our top titles for teens once you've finished this fabulous pick!
This fantastic young adult book by Gita Trelease blends historical fiction, magical mystery and a girl's adventures in the lavish French court.
It's got something for everyone, and combines each element seamlessly to create a fantastic story!
While we're not really traveling at the moment, books are a great way to take a break from your current location and do some vicarious voyages to different times, places and parts of the world!
On an exhilarating ride in a hot air balloon, Camille's bird's eye view of the fields of France prove travel comes in all shapes and sizes! Love the idea of a hot air balloon ride?
Here's a fun post featuring our visit last fall to a hot air balloon festival- just one of the many other trips we can revisit whenever we're feeling some wanderlust!
Bastillle Day, (France's Independence Day) was July 14th, and I thought it would be a great time to highlight one of my favorite reads that takes place in France!
There are so many terrific titles that are set in France, and Enchantée by Gita Trelease was at the top of that list!
Romance, fantasy and history combine to create an absolute must-read that will keep you spellbound!
A little FYI to readers looking for this title:
Enchantée is the original name of this book, but it is being re-released in paperback under the title All That Glitters.
A little confusing, but Enchantée is going to be the name of the two- book series, which is exciting to know there's a second adventure to look forward to!
So, if you're looking to get the book right now, the name is still Enchantée, but All That Glitters is the same story!
After her parents pass away, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a solution to save herself and her younger sister from poverty, while keeping an eye on her unreliable older brother.
Thrust into a precarious position, Camille uses magic her mother had taught her, transforming odds and ends into coins to help pay for what they need.
Soon though, Camille realizes she needs another plan and turns to the dark magic her mother told her never to try, setting her sights on the royal court of France.
In order to achieve that goal, Camille transforms herself into a baroness, and goes to the lavish and complicated Palace of Versailles, with aristocrats and nobility who aren't all what they seem!
Concealing her identity, Camille moves throughout the palace walls, finding much more to the court and people in it then she imagined.
The excess and decadence at the court of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI are a stark opposite to the whispers of revolution in Paris, making Camille question what she really wants.
Unsure how to make her next move, Camille meets a young inventor whose views and ideas give her hope to push through, and dream of a possible romance to keep her going as well.
As the charade goes on however, Camille must decide what she stands for as her world is turned upside down.
Journey to France for the tale of Camille Durbonne, a girl who uses magic to save herself and her sister from the harsh realities of poverty in 18th century Paris, but finds romance, the lavish and mysterious French court and revolution awaiting her!
This timeless YA novel will be a a wonderful addition to your bookshelf and make you breathless for the sequel! I know I am!
This glittering read will dazzle, intrigue and immerse you in the iconic streets of Paris and the Palace of Versailles!
You'll feel like you've been to France yourself, and I guarantee you'll enjoy the voyage!
Not only does it offer a time-travel adventure, Enchantée is filled with love, fantasy and suspense- tres magnfique!
Fun Extras to Go Along With Enchantée
1. Learn A Little French!
Have fun learning a little French with this easy app!
Duolingo is super simple to use, and you'll be on your way to that très bon French accent in no time!
2. Design Your Own French-Inspired Fashion!
Learn how to draw fashion models and figures with this fabulous art book, or try this book if you're newer to the style scene!
Be a fashion designer! Sketch or draw an outfit you'd want to wear, or cut out images from magazines, and create a mixed media clothing 'line'!
Enchantée features a number of stylish gowns and fashions from both the royal court and Paris, so you'll have plenty of inspiration!
3. Try Some French Cuisine!
Adore the idea of eating a decadent pastry while gazing at the Eiffel Tower in the distance? Try your hand at making a few of France's most iconic sweets and treats!
Here's an easy Macaron recipe for anyone who loves those colorful French delights, and here's a huge list of delicious French desserts with both simple and more elaborate recipes, including easy crepes!
Want more ideas for French-inspired meals? Here's a great list of tasty French fare to prepare! Bon Appétite!
4. Take a Virtual Trip to The City of Lights!
Have you always wished to see France's beauty and iconic places? While travel plans may be on hold, you can still get a taste of all the stunning sites from your own couch!
Here's a great site with a list of virtual trips to take around France and enjoy touring!
5. Have a French Movie Night!
Bring Paris to the silver screen and have a themed movie night -or day!
Play some French tunes beforehand, serve Parisian inspired snacks such as mini croissants or chocolate truffles, and watch a fun flick that takes place in Paris!
Here's a list of fun films set in this stunning city, and here are some suggestions as well!