Monday, August 3, 2009
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Release Date: July 2009
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
All her world's a stage. Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She's not an orphan, but she has no parents. She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own. That is, until now.
Enter Stage Right.
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.
Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre 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.
Eyes Like Stars is magnificant! It's content will make you ecstatic and will positively shock you. From the saucy characters to the brilliant plot--it's all, just, magnificant. There isn't a better word!
Beatrice, with the help of her friends, must convince the managers of the theater that she belongs with them, instead of the place beyond Théâtre Illuminata's doors. Peaseblossom, Moth, Cobweb, and Mustardseed, the fairy foursome that help Beatrice throughout the story, are wonderful characters. Whenever I found myself laughing while reading the book, it was always because of their dialogue--mostly involving sassy sayings and silly remarks. These secondary characters are hilariously played out. Beatrice was also a great main characters. She was hard-headed, strong-willed, and overall entertaining.
The only minor problem I had with the novel was it's pace. It was slow at some times and that made the novel a little less enjoyable. Other than that, it was up to high standards.
Eyes Like Stars is enchanting. A blue-haired trouble maker, quirky fairies, loyal pirates, demanding managers, and mysterious figures all come together to create the adventurous tale. You won't want to miss it. And I cannot wait for more of Bertie's adventure.