‘Perchance to Dream’
By: Lisa Mantchev
Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and is determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY
But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between –
NATE: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.
ARIEL: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.
When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?
I didn’t particularly like this book. Nor did I like the last one.
I’ll admit I did enjoy the yelling I did when reading it. Why was I yelling? Dear reader of my reviews, this is exactly why.
I don’t enjoy Bertie as a character. I kept yelling at her because she was making poor choices in flirting with both poor swashbuckler Nate and air spirit Ariel. (In my honest opinion, she should end up with Nate. He cares much more for her than Ariel’s flighty feelings. Need I remind you that he completely hated her? Or she hated him?)
I also didn’t like the writing. It felt…choppy. That’s the best word to describe it. I couldn’t seem to get into the writing. I usually can wrap myself in the words, but the storytelling wasn’t amazing. I feel like this book is BETTER than the first, but it’s not better by much. I didn’t particularly like the characters. Sedna, of course, is someone I particularly hate. (What antagonist don’t you hate?) I do think that this book has the potential to be more.
One more thing. When did Bertie get these amazing powers? Hm? Hm?