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Quick Snacks: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

All her world’s a stage

Enter Stage Right

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): Our heroine.
Nate: A dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie.
Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny, mischievous fairies, and Bertie’s loyal sidekicks.
Ariel: A seductive air spirit. Disaster follows in his wake, but Bertie simply cannot resist him.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. It’s the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there’s the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth...

Eyes Like Stars is perhaps one of the most creative stories I think I've read. I was entranced with the idea of a girl displaced simply because her role has not been laid out for her. Luckily, Mantchev develops this storyline with fantastical flair, which made reading it truly enjoyable. With an engaging plot, an extremely varied cast of characters, and an original take on the theatre, Eyes Like Stars is a truly fun read, even for the non-theatre crowd.

Rating: 4.5

Review copy borrowed

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holdenj said...

I remember this! Read it a while back, isn't there a sequel or two out by now? Beautiful cover!

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