Eyes Like Stars

Eyes Like Stars

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"Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (aka Bertie, aka the self-appointed Queen of Improvisation) makes use of her creative skills to remain in her adoptive home, the magical Théâtre Illuminata. The characters from every play ever written are eternally bound to this particular stage by --The Book --, which contains all the scripts; Bertie's companions include Ariel from The Tempest, Hamlet's Ophelia and a smattering of fairies, among others. After a destructive incident involving a cannon, Bertie must prove that her contributions as an ordinary 17-year-old girl are unique and valuable or be cast out. But the theater is thrown into disarray when Ariel steals -- The Book, -- while Bertie's desire intensifies to uncover the truth about how she came to the theater."
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2009
ISBN: 9780312380960
9780312608668
Branch Call Number: MAN
YA
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 01, 2019

Interesting Teen fantasy focused on the magic of the theatre, especially of Shakespeare plays. Teenager Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (“Bertie”) lives in the Theatre Illuminata -- a magic theatre held together by a magic book. With her reside the actual characters from all of the plays ever written, dominated by those of Shakespeare. Bertie, abandoned at the theatre as a child, and a handful of others are the only “real” people there, calling the characters to life when a play needs to be performed. But Bertie wants to know who her parents were. Some of the characters, especially the charismatic and devious Ariel (from *The Tempest*), want to break away from the limits of the plays and experience reality. All of this puts the magic of the theatre at risk of collapse.

This is a very creative novel, with a theatre twist different than any other fantasy I have read. First of a series.

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StephFurlan
Oct 29, 2014

Eyes Like Stars is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s a fresh and unique story. Bertie is an opinionated seventeen-year-old troublemaker. Her best friends are the Midsummer Night’s Dream fairies: Peaseblossum, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed.They are a bunch of spunky sprites that help her achieve her mischief (Yes, that was a Harry Potter reference. If you guessed it, ten points to…oh nevermind). They’re laugh out loud funny. Bertie also has a love for dying her hair. Last week, it was a fiery red and this week she has christened her head with a cobalt blue. She smokes, swears, and sometimes drinks, though I suspect it was all a ploy to catch Nate’s eye. Though, she prefers coffee to alcohol any day.

Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/review-eyes-like-stars/

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 07, 2014

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 2/22/2012.

I picked up this book only because the cover of the third book in the series really drew me in. I loved the character’s white hair, and the fairies flying around her head. It turns out, Bertie loves to dye her hair in different outrageous colors. In the first book it’s blue, with the wild name of Cobalt Flame. Bertie was left at a magical theater when she was just a little child and doesn’t remember her mother. The theater, is home to every character ever written into a play, from Hamlet to the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. These characters are bound to the theater, unable to leave its confines through the use of magic. But what happens when one of those characters, figures out a way to free himself? Bertie, must find a way to stop him from destroying the entire theater, all while proving her usefulness by directing a new production of Hamlet in less than a week.

This book was a great lighthearted read. My favorite parts had the four fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream making trouble and causing laughs. It was an enjoyable surprise to find out who Bertie’s mother actually was, and I also liked the fact that all the characters stayed in character even when they were not acting in a play. Nate, from The Little Mermaid was constantly dressed, acting, and talking like a pirate, for example, even when he was talking to Ophelia who constantly wanted to drown herself on the Little Mermaid set. The interactions between the characters were the best part of this book for me, and I’m wondering what will happen in the next book when Bertie leaves the theater to continue her adventures.

Cringe at the cover if it is your wont (which certainly is mine), but Lisa Mantchev spins a delightful tale -- with imagination enviable, and one which I've rarely seen before.

The Shakespearean qualities were certainly present, and the Theatre was a magical setting.
Not a skein of the plot is wasted... the author is unafraid to include a lot of drama and emotion, which only adds to the overall marvel of the story.

The setting (esp. the fairies, the Book, and the ever-changing mood-that somehow works-) takes a lot to get used to, though! Occasionally wince-worthy and questionable, still fine. Eminently recommendable!

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billybee11
Aug 16, 2013

I absolutly loved this book! The characters were really amusing and the theatre idea different then any other book I have read. I can't wait to read the next one.

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GiuliaMT
Feb 23, 2013

i loved this series! i found the author's voice so artful and quirky and unique. i guess some people aren't used to it, but it's a huge part of what makes this book so MAGICAL. maybe it's not for everyone, but i think these are beautiful books and would recommend you give them a try, and keep an open mind.
ps: team Nate!!!!!!!!!

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Chelseyknipe1
Oct 03, 2012

Not sure about the other comments but really i throughly enjoyed this novel.
The laungage and jokes were hilarious, i couldn't stop laughing. the story line was incrediably interesting, perfect for people who enjoy theature. Before you read this though you wiould probably need to be famillier with shakespeare's work, although it could be read without. Bertie, the main protaginist was delightful, so new and fresh, i loved her. This book includes a good amount of romance, i can't decide myself between Ariel and Nate. This defiently is a must read!! **********

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jvanderg
Dec 04, 2011

For lovers of Twilight and the like. The language is very laughable and makes me think it was never edited, ie someone's voice cannot be "beautiful and horrible". The two males fighting it out over the heroine sound like an edward and a jacob, but almost less appealing. There isnt much good fiction for teens these days.

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julia_sedai
Oct 29, 2011

This is one of my all-time favourite books. If you like (English) plays, there are references to all of them in here! Having a brief knowledge of Shakespeare would be helpful in reading this book, but it's a great story!

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EntwinedGirl
Oct 10, 2011

Although it's a little bit different, I think that these books are quite interesting. Especially the characters. If you enjoyed the first one definitely read the second one, because in my opinion, it's even better.

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Dec 04, 2011

jvanderg thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 15

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GiuliaMT
Aug 09, 2012

"it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." p.252

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