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Perchance to Dream

(Théâtre Illuminata #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,547 ratings  ·  450 reviews
Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn't know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and is determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

Enter BERT
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Feiwel & Friends (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 21, 2013 marked it as disclaimer-ya-phase
I can explain this book with a single gif:


Yeah. That's all I can really say. The first book made enough sense, and the story was plausible, but in this, the second book, everything just stops making sense. What time period is this? Where does this happen? How did Bertie obtain this power? What allows the Players to come to life, and still exist, even outside the Théâtre? None of this is ever explained, neither in this book nor the previous one. It doesn't help that the writing is drowning in pur
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Words are like the delicate stitches in the dress you wear, holding the fabric of the garment together. Without them, the dress and the world are nothing but barren cloth.”

In this second installment of the Theatre Illuminata triology, Bertie and Co. have left the Theatre and for the first time since Bertie can remember she is truly on her own. With Nate trapped in the clutches of the evil sea goddess Sedna, Bertie and Ariel and her fairy companions have set out to rescue him and hope to fi
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
[3.5 Stars] I have so many thoughts about this book series. I've never quite read anything like it. Unlike the first book which is told almost entirely through dialogue, this sequel turns to more descriptive writing, partially to its benefit I think. The story is still fantastical and magical, sometimes confusing, fast paced, and extremely fairy tale like yet this second installment was even more enchanting than the first. It felt as if I was reading some kind of mystical play. Lisa Mantchev spi ...more
The Winter Rose
Jun 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
Alright, I managed to sit through the first book only because despite the jumbled mess of weak transitions, poor dialogue, unclear environment and inconsistant motivation, I enjoyed the overall aesthetics and stuck with it to see where it was going and hoped that the author would have grown by the second book. Sadly, it's still just as much as a mess as the first. I sat through the first one to try to give her the benefit of the doubt given that it was her first piece, but this is her second boo ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rating 2.5

WARNING: ranting and spoilers ahead (lots of it)


Ah, *sigh*, what happened here!? What is this mess?

I loved Eyes Like Stars ... and yes, I know that often the second book in a trilogy wanders aimlessly, I was prepared for that...

... what I was not prepared for was ... that Bertie, after growing up, and leaving her self-centered conduct in the first book, looses all sense and sanity and makes decisions that are barely fit for a five year old. Once her attitude can be taken as cute every
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel.. I'm so in love with the atmosphere of this series. ...more
Aug 18, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: boring
DNF at 55%.

Wow. I'm so disappointed. I really liked the first book, but this one just isn't working for me.

I do really like the characters. or some of them at least.

But it's not enough. This book has none of the whimsy of book one. It completely lacks in the magic that I so loved. Instead it's boring, all over the place, and convoluted.

This book is made up almost entirely of writing in a magical book, traveling, more traveling, a really cringey love triangle between two guys that are waayyyyy to
Amelia, free market Puritan
I loved ELS, and I loved Perchance as well!

This story goes in a different direction from its predecessor: instead of the entire setting being within the Theatre, Bertie and Company take their show on the road, and therefore there’s more action driving Perchance, I think, and so it gave me an exhilarated, excited feeling as I was reading. There were so pretty interesting discoveries made over the course of the story, and so that was fun.

The romantic angle is more pronounced in Perchance, but (t
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2010, fantasy
Not sure what happened here. The first book was so good! So so good! But this one just...completely feel flat for me.

Bertie was actually annoying me in this book and to be honest I can't even figure out why. To me some things that were so obvious was a mystery to her, and her emotions didn't always make sense to me. Ariel never convinced me of his goodness. I did believe in his love for Bertie but I didn't buy that he was any less selfish than in the first book. I believed one of the other char
Miss Clark
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Kristen Harvey
Why I read this: I really enjoyed the first one and wanted to read more about Bertie and her adventures.

Plot: I have to be honest here. This book felt scattered to me at times. The setting was hard for me to picture. Otherwise, it was the usual rescue adventure with obstacles caused by mystical forces. The whole setting felt surreal and I couldn't seem to focus on what was going on and then suddenly they were moving on to something else. It was kind of a trip.

Characters: Okay, why can't Ariel ju
Leah G
Feb 24, 2010 added it
The opening lines, a riff off Pride and Prejudice, are very funny; however, throughout the book I found the mischievous fairies more an annoyance than an actual contribution to the book's quality. Ignoring them, however, I thought that Bertie is a good character and Ariel is even more complexly drawn than the first book. There are many cute and clever lines, and the Scrimshander is an intriguing invention- he may have been my favorite part of the book.

However, the plot is very flawed- I kept sto
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Theater, Shakespeare-a-holics
Recommended to Laurel by: My goddamn self
I'm gonna be one of those people and start off with a story that somewhat relates to this review.

I got back from my poetry class and wandered to the front door of my apartment. There was a goldenrod flyer chilling next to my door for a restaurant called Wings Over. I had gotten wings from this place whenever I visited Penn State, and I was in love with them. If you ever get the chance to order wings from Wings Over...DO IT. Anywho, they had opened up a place in Rochester (where I go to le colleg
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Forgive me if this review isn’t as clear, eloquent, or cohesive as I’d like. I have a cold and am having a little trouble concentrating.

Also: there are no spoilers in this review.

Eyes Like Stars left readers at the mercy of a crossroad--which would Bertie chose: Nate, the salted and sun-bronzed pirate from The Little Mermaid, or Ariel, the mysterious and alluring wind spirit from The Tempest? With Nate kidnapped and taken to Sedna’s lair deep under imaginatively dark and murky waters, Bertie, en
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read and fell in love with the first book in the Théâtre Illuminata series, Eyes Like Stars, several months ago. I was a bit concerned about starting the sequel because I was a little hazy on the details of the first book. I needn't have worried; while you certainly want to read the first book first, book two is almost self-sufficient.

As Bertie, Ariel, and the four Midsummer Night's Dream fairies are off on an adventure outside the Théâtre; Bertie is desperate to rescue her sort-of-boyfriend,
Mar 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
After reading Eyes Like Stars, I had to go out and buy the sequel, Perchance to Dream. I'm glad I did!

Perchance to Dream has all of the charm of Eyes Like Stars, but with more action, more romance, and more character development. The slightly slow beginning that was one of the few complaints I had with the first book wasn't a problem in the second.

As I stressed in my review of Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev has a truly unique way of writing. I'm absolutely in love with her writing style. You can
I really wanted to give this book a solid four.

The characters- oh the characters!- are just so loveable! Everybody is unique and interesting and has his own personality to which he sticks unfalteringly.

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Alas, they were the only great thing about this book.

The plot was good and fine, but the story was just.. so utterly confusing. Most of the time I was extremely unclear on what was going on. Was this real? Something Bertie was imagining? Is she dreaming? Or is the world in which she d
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that Lisa is a friend of mine.

But even she wasn't, I'd be a fan of her writing because it's among some of the most inventive storytelling on the YA market today. I adored Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to dream has every bit of the magic with plenty of romance, bawdy fairies, and one girl’s quest to discover her place and purpose. Utterly enchanting from first line to last!
K.M. Weiland
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The major con of this book can be summed up in one word: manic. The pacing and the plot feel like they’re on a Chinese bullet train. But the prose and the imagery is beyond stunning. Bertie’s romantic triangle is a bit annoying and undeveloped, but I’ll be reading on just for more of the word candy. And the fairies.
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
utterly wowed by mantchev's imagination,
storytelling and prose. Eyes Like Stars was
one of my top five reads of 2009 and the
sequel did not disappoint. Perchance to Dream
has every element you would want in a story,
and Ariel, whom i adore. Team Ariel! =D
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
First sentence: "It is a truth universally acknowledged," Mustardseen said, flying in lazy loops like an intoxicated bumblebee, "that a fairy in possession of a good appetite must be in want of a pie."

Premise/plot: Bertie Shakespeare Smith has left the Theatre. Accompanying her are her best fairy friends (Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed) and her love interest, Ariel. Bertie is on a quest to save Nate, her other love interest. Nate was kidnapped by Sedna, the Sea Goddess, in the firs
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
the prose makes it very hard to follow, especially because it's just prose with no explanation of why anything is happening ...more
Tansy Roberts
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Ley Saulnier
My review for Eyes Like Stars, the precursor to Perchance To Dream, was brief, flighty, and not a true approximation of how I feel about this series. Yes, I said Eyes Like Stars is the novel all young adult authors should aspire to. After reading Perchance To Dream, I feel I should elaborate.

Lisa Mantchev has a beautiful, intricate writing style, infused with quotes and jargon from her wealth of theatre knowledge, all without losing her own personal edge. Dialogue is witty and sharp, and she ach
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was very blessed to receive an ARC of Perchance to Dream, I was eagerly awaiting the second instalment of Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy having read the first one, Eyes like stars and been captivated by it.
PTC does not disappoint, it takes our main cast on a road trip of discovery as they seek to reclaim one of their own, Nate the pirate, from the clutches of the evil sea witch, Sedna. En route they encounter perils set in a wild landscape, both the perils and landscape are in part
Christy B
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Perchance to Dream is the follow-up to the incredibly unique fantasy book Eyes Like Stars.

In this second installment, we find Bertie, Ariel and the fairies in a caravan on their way to save Nate from the Sea Goddess. In their travels they come across some interesting characters including a sneak, thief who joins them on their journey.

At one point the band of merry travelers end up on the Immamorati train, which, to the best I can describe, is a traveling circus train. This was my favorite part,
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perchance to Dream picks up right where Eyes Like Stars let off. Bertie is traveling with Ariel and the faeries to rescue Nate. At first, it's a bit disorienting because of the high fantasy aspect, and unless you read Perchance to Dream immediately after finishing Eyes Like Stars, it may take several pages before you're accustomed to the setting and the interesting way Lisa Mantchev weaves her story.

I definitely liked this book better than the first one, (and I loved the first one), because I wa
Feb 10, 2010 rated it liked it
This book has a lot of sparklies! And shiny, and glitzy! Did I mention the shiny? Oh, YEAH!

If there’s one thing this book has it’s the PRETTY! Do you see that cover? Droolicious gorgeous. The inside layout and design? Eye candy everywhere! You aren’t going to be bored with this book, there’s just too much stuff to look at and admire.

This book is lots of fun. There’s so much adventure and action compared to the previous book and now we get to explore some more of the fantastical world we just bru
It only took me about a year and a half to get into this book, I’m not sure why, but somehow I just couldn’t get past the first page. I finally did though, and I really liked it. Seriously, the crazy creative setting combined with the fierce and loveable Bertie, the hysterical fairies, and just the over all imagination in this story made an entrancing sequel. I loved the first one, and I thought this one lived up to it. Watching the chaos that ensues as Bertie and her entourage are set loose upo ...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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