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Eyes Like Stars

por Lisa Mantchev

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Séries: Théâtre Illuminata (1)

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Thirteen-year-old Bertie strives to save Theater Illuminata, the only home she has ever known, but is hindered by the Players who magically live on there, especially Ariel, who is willing to destroy the Book at the center of the magic in order to escape into the outside world.
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Bertie has grown up in the Théâtre, a magical theatre in which the characters are real, the sets change with just a word, and The Little Mermaid set floods the stage with sea water. You never know what will happen, especially with Bertie around. She doesn't mean to cause trouble; she just has ideas that don't always end well. Like shooting the cannons and setting the stage curtain on fire. It could happen to anyone, right?

Bertie's friend/love interest, Nate summed it up very well.
"I can't keep my eye on ye every second o' th' day, so ye need something for good luck an' protection."
"Just what do I need protection from, pray tell?" Bertie set her fists on her hips.
"Mostly yerself."

The story is a whirlwind, full of fun characters and great dialogue. Bertie has to deal with the various theatre managers (stage, wardrobe, scenic, properties) who are constantly squabling about which pieces belong to which department, fairie sidekicks who are addicted to pie, and two men trying to win her heart. It's full of fun words such as "badinage" and "persiflage".

Bertie has to save The Book (and thus the Théâtre), stage a full-house performance of a new play, find her parents, rescue a friend, and figure out who she can trust and who's keeping secrets. Just a typical week for a 17-year-old. And it's the first in a trilogy, so she's not done yet! ( )
  amandabeaty | Jan 4, 2024 |
Ever been in a play before? I have, nothing big--it was a summer production and I had one line, which I completely forgot to say because I was so nervous and worst of all even though I was the youngest member of the Theater company, I was playing the oldest member of the cast. I had to put powder in my hair to make it look salt-and-peppery, wear face make up so that they could cover up the fact I looked about 80 years too young for the part and a high necked, long sleeved, to the floor WOOL dress. With all those lights! I hated it.

From what I can tell the Theatre Illuminata is nothing at all like that. For one thing these aren't actor pretending to be the characters--these ARE the characters. On stage, off stage, during a performance or otherwise they are who they are portraying. Ophelia is just as airy, empheremal and dream like as she is in Hamlet, Hamlet is just as dreary, pig-headed and self-asorbed as he is known to be and Ariel...well. I can't actually comment on him since I've never read (or seen) The Tempest.

Magical and riveting is a good way to describe Eyes Like Stars. Bertie is a force to reckon with, which everyone finds out to their consternation and bemusement and the cast of secondary characters all manage to portray themselves in such a way as to be true to the character they are in the play, but also as an unique individual. I think my favorite was Mustardseed, but I found it amusing that Peaseblossom was kind of like a Den Mother to the other two fairies--she was constantly chiding them to behave, but she could get into her own mischief on occasion.

Oh the romance. Like any good Shakespeare dramedy (drama-comedy) there's romance that runs complicated between Bertie and Nate (a pirate from The Little Mermaid) and Ariel (from The Tempest) off in the wings confusing matters of course. The interaction between Bertie and Nate felt natural and you could tell there was deep affection between them. The interaction between Bertie and Ariel was more complex--he was her best friend at one time, but circumstances drew them apart and she can't quite find herself trusting him. Then also he doesn't do too many endearing things throughout the course of the book, there's a spark however that Bertie feels and tries to ignore. Its an interesting spark and I'd like to see how it plays out.

I won't ruin the surprises in store for you, but the blurb only covers a small bit of the action contained within. To steal a line from one of my all-time favorite movies (The Princess Bride): [It's:] Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale. ( )
  lexilewords | Dec 28, 2023 |
I'm always excited to read YA novels with strong female leads, and Beatrice is not your conventional heroine. It's a unique story with a unique dilemma. The supporting cast - all Shakespearean characters - is entertaining and likable. Can't wait for the next book! ( )
  nilaffle | Nov 6, 2023 |
What a great story! Bertie grew up in the Théâtre. Each play was written in the Book, and also written in Bertie's memory. She could remember all the lines from all of the plays, but couldn't recall where she had come from.

The Players are her only family; each remains trapped inside of the Théâtre by the magic inside the Book, only existing as their play is happening. Bertie is fighting to remain at the Théâtre, along with her Player family, making the stage her home. But she also wants to remember her mother, to find her father, to know about how she came to be at the Théâtre in the first place...

This book was fantastic! If you are a fan of the YA-style fiction, it comes highly recommended! The flow of the story, the little quirks from each familiar character and the unique writing style make this a wonderful read. ( )
  MinaSmith12345 | Jan 26, 2022 |
Teen fiction; magic/drama. Theater kids might like this a bit more, as there are tons of references (you should have at least a passing knowledge of Hamlet and the Tempest), but the characters are charming enough on their own if you're not a huge Shakespeare buff. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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“Mantchev's first novel feels dreamlike…underneath is a solid story about the search for happiness and identity. Inside jokes will delight drama club devotees…but this passionate debut should attract a broader readership as well.”—
adicionada por Awesomeness1 | editarPublishers Weekly
 
“Bertie’s determined efforts to become invaluable form the basic plot in this wildly imagined adventure…Mantchev clearly knows theater from all angles, and she uses inventive play-within-play formats to create a tumble of multiple, even metaphysical narratives filled with delicious banter and familiar characters from the dramatic canon. Many teens, particularly those with some theatrical background, will look forward to the sequel suggested at the end of this bravely flamboyant and wholly original romp.”
adicionada por Awesomeness1 | editarBooklist
 
“Electric…delicious…fascinating…vivid…smart and sassy…bawdy and hilarious…Brava! Encore!”
adicionada por Awesomeness1 | editarKirkus Reviews, starred review
 
Readers who have some knowledge of or interest in theatrical productions will have the easiest time following the twists and turns of the plot, which is especially confusing in the beginning. However, wondering what crazy thing will happen next will keep them going. The ending is a little unsatisfying, and it is clear that a sequel is coming. Nonetheless, the story is clever, if a bit melodramatic at times, and Beatrice is a fun character.
adicionada por khuggard | editarSchool Library Journal, Cheri Dobbs
 
“Lisa Mantchev’s theatrical fantasy ‘Eyes Like Stars’ pits a plucky orphan, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, and her fairy attendants against the wiles of Ariel and a stuffy stage manager.”
 

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