Eyes Like Stars was enchanting, to say the least. This cast of colorful characters were absolutely hilarious. Mantchev managed to bring such an original twist to characters created so, so long ago. The Hamlet we know and love is still sulking but he's late to rehearsals, smokes, and call Ophelia crazy. He's a riot! Ophelia is a misunderstood character we get to know better. And the fairies literally made me laugh out loud!
Plus, there are new characters who are just as brilliant! I loved how rebellious Bertie was, and I love how she was named after Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing because she totally stands her own and could even teach that Beatrice a thing...or twelve. She was the type of heroine you root for 100 percent!
I loved the idea of the Theatre Illuminata! It was so creative an imaginative. I even learned a few things about theater lingo. I can't even express how original this book is! The language was superb, switching from modern sayings to pre-modern sayings with a bunch of pirate talk in between! Mantchev's writing was flawless, I kept wanting to read more (even if I had to, say, sleep!).
This was a fabulous debut that you do NOT want to miss!