Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2 by Lisa MantchevPerchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2 by Lisa Mantchev

Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2

byLisa Mantchev

Hardcover | March 23, 2012

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From the critically acclaimed author of Eyes Like Stars

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

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 determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between-

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre's caravan, using Bertie's word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie's father-and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie's dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it's Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess's lair?

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other-full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too-that readers won't want to put down, even after the curtain has closed.

Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including Perchance to Dream and Eyes Like Stars. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of Califor...
Title:Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 6.08 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 6.08 × 1.25 inPublished:March 23, 2012Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312380976

ISBN - 13:9780312380977

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great 2nd Novel from Lisa Perchance to Dream picks up right where Eyes Like Stars finished off. Bertie and Co. Leave the theatre and enter the real world which is much more different than our world. It is quite an interesting world that provides lots of obstacles for Bertie to overcome. The fairies just as funny if not funnier in this book. I wonder how Lisa comes out with their personalities because they make me cry from laughing so much. In Perchance to Dream, Bertie explores her feelings for both Nate and Ariel in more depth – she is torn between them because she loves each of them but in completely different ways. If you have read my review of Eyes Like Stars you know that I was Team Nate. Well this time around I can’t choose because we get to see a different side of Ariel. I can’t wait for the 3rd novel to see how it is going to end. I have no idea how Lisa is going to finish the series which makes it even better. For more reviews visit:
Date published: 2010-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastically-written fantasy. 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 achieves a wonderful balance: the sense of familiarity with the characters offsets the mysterious world filled with infinite possibilities. There is another balance kept, too: the comedic moments offset the devastating tragedies. The first chapter alone is a fantastic example of the humorous side of Perchance To Dream, wherein the Fourth Wall is broken through and the fairies prattle on about pie. Meanwhile, you will encounter at least two shocking revelations throughout the novel, and grow even closer to a character you might not have had any sympathies for in the past. As a genre novel, Perchance To Dream rips apart all conventions. I am not usually a fan of high fantasy — which I suppose the Théâtre Illuminata series is — but Lisa Mantchev bends the rules of genre, creating something breathtakingly original and fantastical, yet still modern. Everything is colourful, brilliant, larger than life, and just a touch hallucinogenic. A Baz Lurhman/Tim Burton lovechild, dark and radiant all at once, whirling at such speed it’s hard to keep up. It is my genuine opinion that the protagonist, Bertie, is one of the most powerful female characters in young adult fiction. She has an inner strength that she comes to realize over the course of Perchance To Dream, continuing her evolution from spunky, dye-hard theatre misfit. She is no weakling, no coward, and does not require the aid of a love interest to save her life every five pages — nor does she require a significant other to make her interesting. She can carry the novel quite well on her own. After a year without her, it was spectacularly refreshing to meet Bertie again. Reading Perchance To Dream returned to me my faith in young adult novels, and reminded me why I read this genre. Now, if you pardon me, I need to mourn the loss for another year, until book three is published … (Book supplied for review by the publisher.)
Date published: 2010-02-07

Read from the Book

“Perhaps I can appeal, then, to the romantic nature of our situation.” Without moving, everything about Ariel reached for her. “The open road, the veil of night drawn over the world, us living as vagabonds.”            Usually, Peaseblossom played the part of Bertie’s tiny little conscience, but this time, she issued the requisite Dire Warning to herself:            Don't think about how close he is, or the fact that all you'd have to do to kiss him is tilt your head. Think of Nate . . . .            “If you’re done with whatever fierce internal argument is creasing your forehead—” Ariel's low laugh undid the knot she had tied on her resolve. A bit of his wind pushed her nearly into his lap, and their lips met.            Bertie's brain fogged over until the fairies’ collective noises of disgust recalled her to her senses. Pulling away, she muttered, “Vagabonds don't wear crinolines.”

Editorial Reviews

"The sequel to Eyes Like Stars, this is another rousing adventure of literary and theatrical whimsy, filled with sly twists and humorous moments. Bertie's continuing story deserves multiple encores and a standing ovation." -Realms of Fantasy"Mantchev's highly imaginative prose bursts with lush imagery and literary riffs, and the party's encounter with the Innamorati, a traveling circus inspired by Cirque du Soleil, enhances the book's surrealism. fans of the first book will cry 'Encore!' as the ending sets up the third in the series." -School Library Journal"The pace is fast and furious, and the secrets to Bertie's intriguing heritage unfold satisfyingly, but it's Mantchev's fresh, intelligent style that delights most. This fantastical romp--an absolute must for theater buffs--might stand alone, but it'd be a pity not to start with the first." -Kirkus Reviews"All the world's truly a stage in Lisa Mantchev's innovative tale, Eyes Like Stars. Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humourous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of age." -Suzanne Collins on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars"With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, Eyes Like Stars is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk!" -Tamora Pierce on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars"The delicious descriptions of the theater's strange powers are fascinating, the characters vivid, the dialogue smart and sassy, and Bertie's fiercely loyal fairy cohorts from A Midsummer Night's Dream bawdy and hilarious. . . . The palpable sense of urgency is also fueled by some well-staged romance, as well as by Bertie's quest to discover who she is and what she's made of. Brava! Encore!" -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars"Bertie's determined efforts to become invaluable form the basic plot in this wildly imagined adventure.Mantchev clearly knows theater from all angles, and she uses inventive play-within-play formats to create a tumble of multiple, even metaphysical narratives filled with delicious banter and familiar characters from the dramatic canon. Many teens, particularly those with some theatrical background, will look forward to the sequel suggested at the end of this bravely flamboyant and wholly original romp." -Booklist on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars