Saturday, June 12, 2010

Review: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Title: Eyes Like Stars 
Series: Théâtre Illuminata
Book #: One
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Source: Library
Published: 2009

Enter Stage Right 

All her world's a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Open Curtain

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Amber's thoughts:
I probably never would have read this book if I wasn’t a blogger. I picked it up because of the many wonderful reviews and recommendations I saw all over the blogosphere.

Bertie was a very fun character. Feisty and troublesome, her adventures kept me entertained throughout the novel. I also loved her cute little fairy friends. Their sense of humor had me laughing out loud. Unlike many of the other readers I’ve heard from, Ariel was my favorite character (no, not the Ariel from the Little Mermaid. The one from Shakespeare’s The Tempest). I guess I liked him the most because he was the deepest character. He was in all of my favorite parts and just added some excitement to the plot.

I was a little confused towards the ending. I guess you could consider it the climax, but I wouldn’t really know because I didn’t really understand it. Sure, I got the gist of what happened, but the ending was still slightly disappointing and strange. That might not make sense to those of you who haven’t read the book, but if you have, maybe you understand what I’m saying.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that I didn’t like this book. It’s just that some of it was too far out and off the deep end for me to really enjoy it. The idea was fresh and new, something I can really appreciate. If you enjoy acting or love Shakespeare, then this is a great read for you. 


Amelia said...

Hey Amber! Yeah, the ending segments were a little confusing to me, too, but the beginning of PERCHANCE explains everything pretty well. I really liked reading your thoughts!

Kari Olson said...

Interesting thoughts on this one. It's on my shelf but I haven't picked it up yet. I do have a flair for acting, which is what made me take interest in this one. Thanks for the review!