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.
I loved this book! And though I say that for quite a few books, I truly mean it with this one. After reading Kissing Shakespeare I was in a “Shakespeare mood”, so when I received this book in the mail I was ecstatic! It melds together all of my favorite plays, and makes them incredibly realistic. You get to know all of their main characters and some of the cameo “players” as the actors are called. It makes all of these plays and their characters come to life, and you will never see them in the same way! Bertie is such a cool character, you can’t help but love her! And there is one of the most conflicting love triangles of all time. While some books make their love triangles very cliche, this one very really an after thought for the main characters. They had their priorities straight.
Also, this book has some of my favorite characters of all time, the fairies from A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
I give Eyes Like Stars 5 out of 5 stars.