Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Beatrice 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.
Until now.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play 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.

Character Development: 7/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 5/10
Voice: 10/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total Score: 47 points
Grade: A

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: occasionally
Drugs, alcohol, etc.: a not unbearable amount, only smoking and the Alice "Drink Me" bottle
Sexual content: none at all
Aimed at age 12 and up

This is a completely unique book with an enchanting and original plot that will leave you wondering what you will learn next. There is an unsatisfactory ending because half the story is still untold, but it will be finished in Act 2 of Bertie's life. It is interesting to see the struggle of the characters bound to the theatre. Who is the real person behind what is written in their scripts? This question will constantly be running through your head. It was very entertaining to read about the characters we know from famous plays (Hamlet, Ophelia, the fairies from Midsummer's Night Dream, and others) in a different light.

Beatrice is an interesting character. She has a spunky personality that is easy to fall in love with, though some of her actions make you want to shake some sense into her. The magical theatre is completely intriguing. Lisa Mantchev constructs this setting perfectly to where ever nook and cranny of the theatre will be pictured in your mind.

Check out the Theatre Illuminata site because it is simply beautiful and will have you in love with the book before you even read it.

1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for the lovely review, and just to let you and your readers know, EYES LIKE STARS is the first of three books, the Theatre Illuminata trilogy. :)


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