‘Eyes Like Stars’
By Lisa Mantchev
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.
This book is quite interesting. I do think there are good and bad parts to it. For me, I didn’t particularly like the characters or the way it was written. The parts written in play confused me. Just a bit. I do think the story had the potential to be something more. The idea was interesting enough. I do like the concept of a theater where all the plays are stored. The plays chosen, though, were odd. I get ‘Hamlet’ but ‘The Tempest’? I don’t understand that one. I also don’t understand why there is the part with Bertie finding out who her mother is. I don’t think that works. How old is Ophelia? She seems to be like a teenager like Bertie but ends up having a child? That isn’t possible! By any means! I do like the extravagant world Bertie lives in, though.
The plot is a bit lackluster, and it isn’t very interesting. My favorite part is the part when Nate gets kidnapped. I never liked him anyways. I felt like he wasn’t really a very good character. He was more along the lines of the Southern guy who just meddles with the affairs of others. Especially the girl he ‘likes’.
For the romance, I think it’s lacking. I prefer the romance between Liam and Ruby or any other couple really compared to the awkward love triangle composed of Bertie, Nate, and Ariel. (Ariel is actually a guy. Just saying.)
I do think that this series MIGHT get better. Maybe yes. Maybe no. I hope it does get better!