Posts Tagged ‘Lisa Mantchev’

So Silver Bright – A Review

Posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

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So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

Here is my review for the first book in this trilogy, Eyes Like Stars: http://www.bpl.org/teens/2012/02/22/eyes-like-stars-a-review/

Here is my review for the second book in the trilogy, Perchance To Dream: http://www.bpl.org/teens/2012/08/22/perchance-to-dream-a-review/

So, I began reading this trilogy two years ago (!) when the third book, So Silver Bright, arrived at the library. The cover caught my attention and made me go back and check out the first two. But, in reviewing them, others checked them out, and I couldn’t check out the third book right away. Life happened, as life tends to do, until now. I should have picked up the third book sooner. I should have put it on hold. But anyway, none of that matters. What matters is that even two years later, this series is still fantastic!

This is the story of a young girl named Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, who wants nothing more than to see her parents reunited and her family brought back together again. Her mother is Ophelia from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. Her father, was the stranger she fell in love with 17 years ago. Beatrice, known to her friends as Bertie, has two suitors. One is a pirate called Nate, who hails from the play The Little Mermaid. The other is the air sprite from another play by Shakespeare, The Tempest. And her four best friends are the little fairies from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. See where this is all going? Bertie lives in a magical theater where every character from every play ever written lives, trapped there by The Complete Works of the Stage, the book that holds all those plays. Bertie heads off on an adventure in an effort to save Nate from the Sea Godess, Sedna, and to find her father and bring him back to the theater for her mother. Of course, nothing goes as planned. The group meets new friends along the way, but also meets up with those who would do them harm for a few magical trinkets. Bertie finds that she has magical powers of her own too. She is known as Mistress of Revels, Teller of Tales, Forest Queen, and she’s a word-smith on top of all that!

Over all, this is a great, light-hearted trilogy, even with dire happenings. The four fairies are still hilarious with their jokes about pie and other things, and I still consider them one of the best parts about the whole trilogy. I loved finding a book that could make me laugh at stupid things the way they did, even when their situation wasn’t as fun as eating through an entire chocolate cake. Throughout the book you’re left to wonder how on earth Bertie will be able to choose between her two suitors. I wouldn’t dare give that one away, but the ending is quite satisfying, if I do say so myself! Her Gracious Majesty, Queen of the Distant Castle, would like to award Bertie one wish-come-true. Can she use it to bring her family back together again? Or is that something beyond magic?

You’ll have to read to find out. But I promise a great adventure while you do! I’m not sure this review does the trilogy justice, but know that this series rocks! And I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

Perchance to Dream – A Review

Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev (book #2 of the Theater Illuminata series)

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This is the second book in the Theatre Illuminata series (The first book is entitled Eyes Like Stars.) and is a continuation of Bertie Shakespeare Smith’s story started in the first book. She’s on the hunt for her lost love, Nate, a pirate from the Little Mermaid play who was stolen by the Sea Goddess Sedna. She is also looking for the father she’s never known. She promised her mother, Ophelia, she would bring him back to the Theatre with her, where every character from every play that’s ever been written is trapped by magic. The only way to leave the Theatre is to tear out the entrance page of a character. This is how she and the air spirit, Ariel, from William Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream leave to find Nate and her father.  Accompanying them on their trip are the four abnoxious fairies, also from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. These four have nothing on their mind except eating pie and causing trouble, be it on their own mini traveling stage, or crashing a wedding party and falling in love with the sugar-made groom on top of the once beautiful wedding cake.

I love this series! And I think the main reason why I love it is because of the four fairies: Peaseblossom, Moth, Cobweb, and Mustardseed. They are so hilarious I was laughing so hard I cried. I just can’t get enough of their antics. The other thing I like about this series is it’s uniqueness. It’s a magical realm in the land of the theater with characters that most people know from Shakespeare. She brings a new light to his (and other) plays, so that the reader can enjoy these charactera and will perhaps want to go back and reread Shakespeare’s work. There were only two things I didn’t like about this particular book. The first was that some of the magic and the reasons why Bertie had to do what she did, didn’t make much sense, though I’m hoping this will be cleared up in the next book. And the other was that I missed the four fairies as Bertie left them behind for awhile in her quest to find Nate. So in those two senses, the first book was even better than the second, but don’t at all let that dissuade you from reading this one too. I still enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, So Silver Bright.

Eyes Like Stars – A Review

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

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.