Saturday, July 2, 2011

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Beatrice "Bertie" Shakespeare Smith's only home has ever been the Théâtre Illuminata. A theater where the characters come to life and are bound by The Book - a complete collection of every written script - and magic fills the stage. Bertie was raised by the players of The Book and the various managers of the theater. However, when her blatant disregard for the rules drives the Theater and Stage Managers to the end of their ropes, she is told to either leave the Théâtre Illuminata forever or find an indispensable job at the theater. As the story progresses, Bertie realizes that there is much more at stake than losing the only place she calls home.

For a debut novel, Lisa Mantchev's story is positively groovy. While containing elements of theater, the story also contains humor, romance, and mystery that will hook the reader. Bertie is a lovable heroine with four spunky fairy friends, a handsome pirate to look out for her, and an air spirit that isn't always on the right side of things. The novel moves at a quick pace, which doesn't leave much time to figure out what is going on. Some readers may be confused, but things fall into place as the story progresses. As each chapter and page go by, more layers are added to the mystery and for every mystery solved, two more crop up. This book is an exciting, fast paced read that will leave the reader begging for the sequel.

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