Mini Reviews: The Red Scrolls of Magic & Enchantée

Today I’ve got two mini reviews with books at least partially set in the iconic city of Paris. Check out my thoughts below!

TheRedScrollsofMagicThe Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 350 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Magnus Bane, a centuries old High Warlock, has taken possession of one of the great relics of the supernatural world, a powerful spell book of dark magic known as The Book of the White and there are many who want to claim it for themselves.

After the Mortal War where the part-human and part-angel Shadowhunters teamed with the part human-demon Downworlders to fight against the incursion of an army of demons, Magnus and his new lover, the mortal Alec Lightwood celebrate their survival and victory by escaping the supernatural battlefield of New York City by touring the world, but the world won’t leave them alone.

Finally we get to see Magnus and Alec’s vacation that took place during City of Fallen Angels! I love these two so much and it was wonderful to get their own perspective. Each of their voices was brilliant and it was amazing to see the growth and emotion through their own thought processes. While the story was simpler in nature it was actually refreshing to engage in something less heavy but it still had the Shadowhunter spark. It was also great to see some of my side faves show up and I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store. Absolutely recommend to Clare and Shadowhunter fans!

EnchanteeEnchantée by Gita Trelease

Published by Flatiron Books on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Pages: 464 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads


When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail 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 the dark magic she learned from 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. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life.

As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose–love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie–before Paris burns.

Trelease brings the city of Paris on the cusp of the French Revolution to life in exquisite detail. Everything from the struggles of poverty to the decadence of the aristocracy was on full display. Camille was an intriguing character and her magic was pretty darn cool. I did enjoy this one but the plot was too long and drawn out and their was a lack of connection with characters at key moments which left me wanting. If you’re a fan of historical Paris and fantasy dripping with details, you may want to check this one out.

Have you read either of these books? Ever been to Paris?

Let me know in the comments below!


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