Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (“Bertie” for short) consorts daily with fairies, spirits, pirates, kings and queens. Left in infancy on the doorstep of the Theatre Illuminata, Bertie’s confidants and acquaintances step from the pages of plays. When the Theatre decides to evict her from her home of seventeen years, Bertie fights to stay where she is as the curtain goes up on a drama of longing and discovery- with Bertie searching out the well-concealed secrets of her past. Infused with the love of the theater, Lisa Mantchev’s first novel weaves a coming-of-age tale which is rich and sensual, screamingly funny, deeply mystical and ultimately joyous.
©2009 Lisa Mantchev (P)2010 Full Cast Audio
mostly ya fiction... mostly...
The story is original and fun, and centers around a young girl's life in a magical theatre. The narration is amazing, Full Cast Audio did a wonderful job, and it was very entertaining. I had already read _Eyes Like Stars_ when I bought this audiobook, but the dramatization of it is a real treat, just as I hoped it would be. I am currently reading _Perchance to Dream_, which is the sequel to this book. I hope to get the audiobook for that as well, and I hope it is as good as this one :).
Cynthia Bishop is doing an absolutely wonderful job with this Eyes Like Stars!
The book is well written, entertaining and a fast listen.
After reading Eyes Like Stars, I definitely wouldn't pick up another book by Lisa Mantchev. I used a credit because I was intrigued by the idea of a theater whose plays are acted by the actual characters. I thought the idea really unique and I was excited to explore that world.
By the third chapter I knew that the book would disappoint me. Instead of taking time to explain or explore why the theater is the way it is, Mantchev treats it as though all theaters are run in this way, and that there is nothing out of the ordinary in the Theatre Illuminati.
Instead, the story focuses almost entirely on the teen angst of Bertie, the completely unlikeable heroine. Bertie tries to be a rebel- dying her hair blue, but it all just felt too cookie-cutter. Bertie doesn't appreciate how special and unique her life is until she's threatened to leave. Then the rest of the book follows along as she makes one stupid, selfish decision after another. Her friends are loyal to her for reasons I can't figure out, and two guys are attracted to her but I just don't see the attraction.
I had to force myself to finish listening to the book as it trudged along to its predictable ending. The only thing that made it bearable was the full-cast performance, which was well done. If you're looking for something unique in the teen romance genre, this would not be it. But if you love the love triangle trilogy, then it might be worth a listen.
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