Eyes Like Stars
All her world's a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
Enter Stage Right
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARDSEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fai...more
For a magical fantasy book about fairies, Shakespearian characters and a heroine with blue hair, this is quite a dull lacklustre novel.
It could have been great.
Eyes Like Stars is about a theatre where characters from all the plays are trapped by a mystical "Book of the Stage", doomed to repeatedly perform their roles on a continuous loop forever... unless Bertie - aided by the fairies from A Midsummer Night's Dream - can discover the secrets of the Theatre Illuminata and what traps them there a ...more
I liked Bertie a lot (her hair is awesome) and the 4 faeries are hilarious. I even laughed out loud a few times. I don't really understand her fixation on Ariel (I kept getting distracted by an image of the Ariel the mermaid) though, there really isn't mu ...more
This book takes place entirely in an enchanted theater ran by The Book. The Book is what bounds the Players to the roles they were born to play, and it domineers over the magical scene changes. 17 yr old Bertie is not a Player nor a crew member, but has called the Theater her home for the past 10 years, not knowing where she came from. Bertie and her companions, t ...more
In Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev tells a simple story, about a found orphan struggling to save her home.
Except that Bertie's home is a theater. And not just a theater, but *the* theatre, where all the characters of all the works of all humanity make their home. She's grown up amid ...more
I think the only things I enjoyed was Ariel and the idea of resetting Hamlet (which, once again, was another plot that hyped the reader!). It also didn’t help that Bertie acted like an idiot at times, and she was so RUDE to everyone! There were so many times when she told people off when they were honestly trying to help her. Then she pitted people against one another for her own gain. She never took responsibility for her actions, and to top it all off, I never got the chemistry b ...more
I could never have finished it without the stellar (as always) work of the Full Cast Audio team. (view spoiler)[I must be starting to sound like a paid advertorial where they're concerned (I'm not, I promise), but seriously, these audiobooks are so good - from casting to production, even down to the music: impeccable. (hide spoiler)] Mainly, fundamentally, I don't think I've ever hated a character as much as I hated Bertie. She's rude, sulky, selfish, disrespectful, and sim ...more
Book 1 of the Great Culling of the Summer of 2014.
DNF at page 48. Skimmed the rest.
Mary Sue is Speshul and Unique and Rebellious and googoo eyed for two boys - do we really need a plot beyond that?
The coolest part was how the plays came to life, but beyond that BEEN THERE DONE THAT DIDNT LIKE IT.
Beatrice lives in a Theatre where all the players come alive and on stage. She is a strong female character with spunk and tendency to b ...more
I hated the fairies. They were annoying and I wanted to swat them until they were dead or unable to speak. They don't add anything to the plot and are just there to cause trouble. I assume they are there to be funny too, but they didn't make me laugh once. T ...more
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This is a story about Bertie (Beatrice) Shakespeare Smith (and, yes that is her really name the poor child) who lives in the Theater Illuminata, the home to every play every written and performed - although she is not an actress. After a slightly fiery incident involving a canon, some play set's and the roof of the theater (which now sports a new hole) Bertie is being evicted from the only place she has ever called home - unless she can prove herself a valu ...more
And I'm not going to! Because so much of the magic in this book lies in discovering the pieces yourself through Mantchev's thorough characterization and uncanny ability to set even an unusual scene with so much detail that you will feel as if you are right there watching the whole thing unfold.
This is a magical book - a perfect blending of contemporary dialogue and situations against a fai ...more
I finished this book last night and I have to say people who read this are in for a treat. Lisa creates a magical world that draws you and doesn't let go even on the last page. I want MORE! Luckily there are (I believe) three books in this series.
I understand the launch date for this book is July 7, 2009, but hopefully this will be one that they release early!
A great read, great characters, plot twists that will keep you guessing.
This book is bad in a way I can't quite wrap my mind around. The protagonist—I can get as far as identifying the protagonist—is a girl named Beatrice Shakespeare S ...more
What I do know is that I really enjoyed Bertie as a heroine. She owned sarcasm. I love heroines like that.
Damsel in distress? Nah.
Absence of backbone? Hardly. ...more
Why does the Theatre exist? What's its purpose? Is it simply to entertain its patrons? Is there some magical connection between the plays and characters that exist within its walls and the plays as we know them in the outside world?
What would happen if a player did manage to escape? Could another character act his lines, akin to an understudy? Or does something happen to the play itself? If Hamlet, took off ...more
Now this is how you write a wondrous debut! Eyes Like Stars is a remarkable story about Bertie Shakespeare, who tries to make herself worthy at the Theatre Illuminata, which has been her home since she was a child. I enjoyed every bit of this story because it was entertaining, humorous, adorable, witty, and bursting with beauty. I was utterly immersed in the world M ...more
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She is best known as the author of the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Théâtre Il ...more