Friday, May 30, 2014

Eyes Like Stars

This book was a gift for my birthday. I'm proud to say I read it before the next birthday came around!

Eyes Like Stars is SO ME! I'm a total fan of Ms. Mantchev. Her writing is right up my alley! A woman after my own heart. We share a love of theater. She just had the bright idea to write about it! 

I love theater. This book is all about theater. It even takes place in a theater. 

And then there are all of these Shakespearean characters and more running around to ooh and aah over. We've got heroes, villains, pirates, chorus girls, fairies, a cranky stage manager, the mysterious theater manager and Beatrice. Wonderful, out of the box Beatrice, and the book which holds all characters bound to the theater. 

The thing is, not all is well in the state of Denmark, so to speak and Beatrice, while being part of the problem, is also part of the solution. 

I am in literature YA love. I'm guessing this is classified as Fantasy, but I just call it brilliant! 

It is such an adventure to read and I applaud Ms. Mantchev's imagination, style of writing, and portrayal of characters. Stunning story line. I love the cover! I want some of that blue hair dye now. 

Yes, I'm gushing. I liked it that much.  

The best part . . . it's part of a trilogy!!! So there is more to read! So excited to see where this story goes. 

For parents, there's a kiss or two, a Turkish bath, and some serious pirate insults. I still think you can go PG-13 on it. Nothing to bump it up to PG-16 as I recall. 

A fabulous YA read!

Do you have a recommendation on a theater YA book for me to read? 

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 Théâtre 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 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.

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