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So Silver Bright (Théâtre Illuminata #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,123 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she’s close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a  vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family—and the Theatre Illuminata—from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Square Fish (first published September 13th 2011)
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Jillian -always aspiring-
COVER, COVER, COVER, OOOOH, PRETTY COVER!!!! :D (And Silver for Ariel, perhaps? :3)
Laurel
I am upset that the Théâtre Illuminata has come to a close. I’m so upset, I could throw an apple at a Charmeleon.

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...Moving on, finishing this trilogy gave me many emotions. I just wanted to run away and not finish it because then...well, I’d be finished! Finished with Bertie, finished with Ariel, the fairies, the Théâtre Illuminata. I don’t want to leave this magic.

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And IIIIIIIIIIIIII...will always loooove youuuuuu!

For the first time since My Sister’s Keeper, I was violently crying. I teared for
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Edrillan (vampire junkie)
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Jeri
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much! Lots of Nate just like I hoped. I always a joy to read to a friend. So much happens in such a short span of time! Absolutely love it!

Wonderful ending that I'm happy with & hoping for more.
Robin
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn, that was good.



If you haven't read the rest of this series, you need to go pick it up right this minute, and read it without stopping. the world Lisa Mantchev has built with the Theatre Illuminata is intoxicating.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll go to Shakespeare and read the source material. You'll wish the fairies from Midsummer Night's Dream would follow you around. you'll contemplate dying your hair black and blue. you'll quote well more than half the text on your kindle and all the peo
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shady
Now see here, Ms. Mantchev. I've gots a bone ta pick witcha 'bout that there endin'. Yes, it was beautiful. Yes, it made complete and total sense. But, (view spoiler)

Regardless, this series was a wonderful ride, and I had a blast hanging out with Bertie and the gang. I can't wait to see what the author will whip up in the future!
Ash
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ariel! My heart goes out to you!
The writing style hurts my head, and is best used in small doses. With that said, my two-star rating might be bumped up to a 3 at a later date, since I just read the entire book and gave myself a headache. Basically, the only reason one might want to read anything other than the first and last page(because, reading that, you'll be able to guess the whole story)is to get the bits of Ariel and the fairies. Bertie makes me gag at points, and Nate is just too...ugh...
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Kirsten
To be honest, I was kind of disappointed with this book. I remember feeling so much excitement with the other installments, but not so much with So Silver Bright. I think Mantchev was trying to shove so much into this last installment -- the conflict with Sedna, Bertie's past, the love triangle, the large cast of characters -- that I don't feel as if anything was really flushed out like it should've been. If you're going to set up a love triangle, do something with the damned love triangle besid ...more
Crystal
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Parting is such sweet sorrow." That is the feeling that Lisa Mantchev's new novel, So Silver Bright, evokes from the reader. In the final book of the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, So Silver Bright provides a fitting, and bittersweet, conclusion to a wonderfully enchanting story.

So Silver Brightbegins where Perchance to Dream, the second book in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, concludes. The stakes are higher than ever as Bertie races to reunite her father and mother, save her beloved theatre tha
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Jane
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Theatre Illuminata trilogy kind of has this Hunger Games issue going on. The first one, Eyes Like Stars, is super fun. It's about a magical theater where all the characters of every play ever written live and perform. There are tons of Shakespeare references. The obligatory love triangle and the constant descriptions of food are a bit annoying, but never stifling. The sequel, Perchance to Dream, isn't quite as entertaining, perhaps because protagonist Beatrice "Bertie" Shakespeare Smith and ...more
ephrielle
Can you imagine if all your words had the power to become reality? Or should I say some rather messed up version of reality. It seems that Beatrice can imagine anything into being. Yep, that is right absolutely anything. Time and time again in this book she pulls the most random and impossible things out of her brain. To top that off she is dragging two rather odd men along for the ride.

I really don't like Beatrice. Whiny, trouble making, life destroying are all good descriptions for her. I wasn
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Sanaa
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
[2 Stars] This final installment of the Theatre Illuminata trilogy just did not work for me. I gave the first book in the trilogy 4 stars and the second book in the trilogy 3.5 stars. I thought they were the definition of whimsical, theatrical, dreamy, and just so different. One thing I never liked about those books, however, was the romance. The romance was brought to the forefront in this final installment which is why it really just grated on my nerves. I felt like after all this time Bertie ...more
April Carr
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Although I am sad the trilogy has come to an end, I absolutely loved this book! As I neared the end, I wanted to stop and put it down so I did not have to finish it, because I wasn't sure if there would be more in the future. I did not want the characters' adventure to be over. Although I was surprised to see a certain character go, the whole thing was well written. I love the way Lisa Mantchev writes. I see hints of Shakespeare everywhere. The talk of cupcakes and sweets, made me crave for one ...more
Cat
I will read anything Lisa writes, forever. It can even be random scribbles on napkins. She's that brilliant with words.

Her writing is like buttercream frosting and enchantment and cinnamon swirls all in one.
Cassidy
Sep 05, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for cover - its probably as amazing as the 1st and 2nd ones! :)
Sydney   LaForest
AAH CANNOT WAIT! Love Ariel (:
Lauren
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Upon further reflection, and the opportunity to use my laptop and not my iPod's touch screen, I decided to retype my review. I want to be a little bit more fair to this book, and this series, as well as consider a few other factors. Overall, I don't feel that my star rating changes, though. I will warn readers, further on in this review are spoilers; if you haven't read the end, you may not want to read my thoughts on what went wrong with this book and series.

What works with So Silver Bright? Fo
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Ashley
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Silver Bright is the thrilling and heart-breaking ending to the Theatre Illumiata trilogy. It takes all the action, romance, suffering, and adventures that Bertie and Company have gone through in the two previous books, and wraps everything up. I'm in mourning right now, for several reasons, the most prominent being that So Silver Bright is the last foray into Bertie's world that we'll ever get. And, oh, did I love her world. But, I can't be too sad, because this was the perfect ending to the ...more
Addison Drake
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't had the time to read this book until recently, and I couldn't finish it. I'm upset because the first book I really adored and found very unique, second one kinda just felt like a bridge for the third to me which was okay. There were some things I loved and others I didn't about the second, but I assumed the third would give me all the answers, satisfaction etcs. that I really looked for in this book. Nothing, I didn't get any of those. I don't know what happened but something terrible d ...more
Kayleigh
I'll admit I'm biased here--it's no secret that love triangles are one of my least favorite plot devices--but I felt this was the weakest of the series.
For starters, Bertie is almost unrecognizable. I don't know what happened to the strong, independent (albeit a little selfish) girl who sought her own way in the world and would be "put upon by no one", but she's gone. In her place is an insipid, passive-aggressive coward who seeks quick fixes to all her problems rather than work to earn the hap
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Harmony Beaufort
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series finale of Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy was everything I expected it to me: fun, beautiful, and enchanting!

You will cry like a baby reading the end of this book guys. Lisa takes us through Beatrice's final journey trying to discover herself, her family, and what she's going to do with her life now that she's discovered so many things about her past (and her increasing complicated relationship with both Nate and Ariel.)

Lisa has a writing style that is so beautiful and has
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Perenelle
Okay, let's get RIGHT down to business.

DAYUM, THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING AWESOME.
I really don't know how Lisa Mantchev pulled it off. Really. This is so amazing, I cried at that part where--nevermind. Not going to think about it. NOT GOING TO LET THE TEARS FALL AGAIN.

Let me tell you the faults in this book.
1. Way too fast at some parts, got me confused, but like I said before, maybe it's because I'm not thinking properly??
2. I STILL WANT BERTIE TO CHOOSE ARIEL--OH WAIT, HIS FREAKING NAME KEEPS RE
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Kate (VerbVixen)
So Silver Bright (Eyes Like Stars Book 3)- Lisa Mantchev

Now I know, you’re all itching for some juicy tidbits as to what happens in this book. I will not give them to you, so stop the begging. You must read them for yourself. They must be experienced; you must revel and rage as I did reading them. I will say this though: it was not until the ending that I realized how I had pinned my hopes on our heroine and a leading man until I found those hopes dashed. At the same time, the end fulfills my de
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Sarah Insomnia
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on again, off again with this series. It was sweet, and perky and whimsical, and my regret is that I'm not sure I was able to enjoy it to its fullest.
The whimsical characters and fairy-tale descriptions in this story are all something to be revered. It's not everyday someone can take characters from literature that are all known and loved and make them perfectly their own, without ruining them or disappointing the audience. I was thoroughly impressed by how true they all stayed through
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Lo
This book picks up right where the second book of the Théâtre Illuminata series, Perchance to Dream, ended, with Bertie and friends just managing to escape death from the Sea Goddess Sedna.

Once again, the love triangle is in full swing. As it was revealed in the last book, Bertie's love for Ariel and Nate is exactly the same, which caused steamy moments with both men. I found this particularly annoying, even when she was with the guy I liked better. I don't think it is possible to be in love wit
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K
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I wasn’t capital I invested, but I liked this conclusion.

Bertie managed to rescue Nate from the Sea Goddess with Ariel’s help. Now all that’s left to do is get her father, the Scrimshander, back to the Théâtre and her mother, Ophelia. Beatrice Shakespeare Smith and Company (Bertie, Ariel, Nate, the fairies, and the sneak-thief) are waylaid when the Queen extends an invitation to perform at her birthday celebrations and the chance to win a wish-come-true. Bertie’s most sincere wish is for her fam
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Melissa
A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to a most imaginative trilogy. If nothing else, Bertie has taught us to remain steadfast in our beliefs and that one must never underestimate the power of words.

A great element of this series is the humor and the 4 faeries do not disappoint. They have so many funny quotes and really, I do wish I have the four of them as my best friends. Action-packed this book most certainly is, it's very fast paced and surprisingly, I loved every moment of it; not a single sce
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Miss Clark
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J.M. Stetson
It's been a while since I've read this one, but the ending still makes me burn with annoyance.

So while everything gets resolved, there's the fact of the love triangle. However, it's solved by the CHEAPEST WAY YOU CAN GET. She has to default to one guy because the other finds his "destiny" elsewhere.

A bit more on this: Through-out this entire book she's so heavily leaning towards one guy it's not even funny. In fact, its ridiculous. To the point where (even though he wasn't my favorite) I was lik
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Tracy
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Lisa Mantchev does it again. The third, and sadly final, book in the trilogy was equally as entertaining as its predecessors. A journey come to a close, a couple surprising twists and an ending that isnt quite what I expected have left me completely satisfied with this series and slightly empty at the realization that it's over. I want more... more Nate, more Ariel, more Bertie and definitely more of my favourite four fairies. I strongly suggest this series to anyone that enjoys a little magic i ...more
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Lisa Mantchev is a temporally-displaced Capricorn who casts her spells from an ancient tree in the Pacific Northwest. When not scribbling, she is by turns an earth elemental, English professor, actress, artist, and domestic goddess. She shares her abode with her husband, two children, and three hairy miscreant dogs.

She is best known as the author of the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Théâtre Il
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Théâtre Illuminata (3 books)
  • Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata, #1)
  • Perchance to Dream (Théâtre Illuminata, #2)
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