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Eyes Like Stars

a YA fantasy by by Lisa Mantchev

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  • May 23, 2009
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This book is the most unique I've read in quite a long time--I dare you not to give it a standing ovation! (Hint: that's one challenge I'll win!)

The Théâtre Illuminata is the only home Bertie has ever known. It's a magical place where The Book, which contains every script written, resides along with countless players who are not born, but written into their parts. Bertie is an outsider, a human orphan, left at the mercy of the Theater Manager and raised by the players. But when her endless tricks and tomfoolery drive some at the Theatre Illuminata to the end of their ropes, Bertie is given an ultimatum: become uniquely useful, or get out. But there is much more at stake than Bertie ever realized...

One word comes to mind when it comes to Eyes Like Stars, and that is scintillating. Lisa Mantchev's debut novel positively sparkles. It is overflowing with all the elements that make up great reads: fabulous humor, a spunky, clever, and lovable heroine, four mischievous and amusing fairies, a dashing pirate, a pernicious villain, and a deep secret that could change everything. Mantchev structures the novel in an interesting and enjoyable fashion, using prose and drama styles to create a "play within a play" effect that keeps things interesting. Because the novel starts out briskly and doesn't really slow down, some readers may feel a bit confused at the very beginning of the novel, but its not long before things click into place perfectly. And even though Eyes Like Stars alludes heavily to Shakespeare's work, knowledge of Shakespeare and his works aren't required in order to enjoy this extremely clever, lively, and glittering read. As each page goes by, readers learn something new and delightful about the Théâtre Illuminata, until at the very end it is impossible to let go of Bertie and her cast. This hilarious and quirky debut demands an encore!

Cover Comments: Stunning. This cover captures the eye! The fairies and are a really great touch, and the colors just perfect. I also really like the font both the title and the author's name and tagline are in. This cover is quirky, dramatic, and exciting, just like the book!

Eyes Like Stars premieres on July 7th, 2009! (And yes, I am having fun with all of the theater allusions and analogies!)

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All her world's a stage. 

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. 

She is not an orphan, but she has no parents. 

She knows every part, but has no lines of her own. 

Until now. 

Enter Stage Right 

Nate: Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie (as she's known at the theater).

Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, 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 characters of every place 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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ISBN-10: 0312380968
ISBN-13: 9780312380960
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: July 7th 2009
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, eBook, Audio
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