Thursday, December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas!!! And as promised : Eyes Like Stars
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.
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.
I actually read this when it first came out, posted it about on my Shelfari and never got around to blogging about it. I reread my post and realized that I could write a better review than that. So, here we go!
The synopsis speaks for itself. At first, I was a bit hesistant on reading it. I've never been in theater nor was any kind of actress (unless drama queen counts). The only time I've ever been on a stage was for dance recitals and even then, it wasn't pretty. But I was still drawn to this novel. I love books based around Faeries and magic. And lets just say, this one did not disappoint.
Eyes Like Stars takes you into this magical world and doesn't let you go. Pure magic! The way the Theatre functions and the strange players that resided in there with Bertie are so unique. There are two main love interests for Bertie: Nate, the chivalrous pirate and Ariel (swooooon!), the charming arrogant player who, at times, can be more annoying than charming. I know what you're thinking: "Pssh, easy choice! The chivalrous pirate!" Well, I felt more drawn to Ariel. What can I say, I have an addiction to lovable bastards!
Anyway, the other characters are just as memorable. There's Ophelia (from Shakespeare's Hamlet) and the different fairies that are rarely seen from Bertie. The plot itself is brilliant. Bertie is trying to figure out how she came to the theatre, but also has to find a way to become an essential part of the theatre in order to stay. Throw in some serious complications with defiant Players and a spoonful of romance and well...it truly is a magical book.
My only disappointment was at the end. I wanted more! Good thing the next book will be coming out soon!