Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

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

First things first, I fell in love with the cover of this book. I saw it and it was love at first glance. So immediately I picked it up and was completely enraptured by the thrilling idea of a girl living in a theatre where all the characters of every play you have ever read, seen or heard of, are real. Where sound effects, lighting, and scene changes occur depending on the mood. Thus is life at the Théâtre Illuminata for Bertie.

Bertie, with her bright cobalt blue hair, was this amazing character. She is a strong, smart, witty and really funny girl. I loved that she lived in the moment and had such zest and passion towards anything she set her mind to. Her sidekick fairies (the one's from Midsummer Night's Dream) were a hoot and utterly insane - I loved them and will do anything for my own!

Bertie's story is one of grand adventure as she tries to not only find her roots, but also find a home. Oh, and did I mention that there is also a love triangle... I swoon for love triangles. To be quite honest I'm not sure how Ms. Mantchev is going to get herself out of that tight spot. Both men are handsome and hold their own ground. I can't wait to see how that all plays out - which will Bertie choose?

On a side note, I was also fascinated with all the snippets we get of Shakespeare, not just a quote here or there, but the characters, from Lady Macbeth's bloodied hands to Ophelia's constant need to drown herself every few scenes... just thinking about it still brings a smile to my face.

This book is one that you will feel as if you dove into the story headfirst and when it's done you'll almost feel dizzy over it's awesomeness and the sad reality that it is over. Not to mention, you'll be longing for the next installment, because even though this book answers many a question and it does have a definite ending, you know there is still much more to this story. Lucky for me, Perchance to Dream (the second in the series) will be out in a couple of months). I can't wait!

All in all, Eyes Like Stars, guarantees great fun to be had by all who read it... my final say in the matter: "Standing Ovation" and a big "Whoop"!


brizmus said...

meeee, too! I totally swoon for love triangles. I also totally fell for the cover of this book.

Hannah said...

sounds intriguing! I'd love to read it. :)

miss cindy :) said...

I can't wait to read this! Great review :)

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Wow my friend!! GREAT review! I had seen this book but never picked it up. I may have to look for it tonight! Remind me! lol

See ya later!!

Anonymous said...

I love the cover! And I love your review. And I need to read this book. Just reading what this book was about got me excited. I'm taking a Shakespeare class right now and love reading books where there are Shakespeare references that I can understand. Also, taking the class has kind of made me fall in love with the theatre. Thanks for introducing me to this book. I'll have to pick it up soon!

Dannie said...

I cant wait for the sequel!

Natalie W said...

Love the cover too! Sounds like a wonderful read.

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

I think we can all agree that this cover is awesome. I'm glad that it is also a great book. I'm adding it to my list.

Cleverly Inked said...

Whoa sounds amazing...I just have not gotten my hands on a copy yet. soon especially after your review

Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

I looked for it yesterday and B&N didnt have it =( The paperback version is coming out on my bday (April 13) so I might just get then.

Pamela Keener said...

I also love the cover & can't wait to read this book.
Love & Hugs,

Andreea said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing. Btw - nice blog. I will come again!

Ashley said...

Wow, I knew nothing about this book and I think I've got to add it to my "to-read" list. Sounds fabulous!

Mystica said...

Would like to be counted for this book. Lovely review.


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