Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I

Paperback | April 13, 2010

byLisa Mantchev

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The fantastic first novel in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. It's the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there's the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. Nate, a dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie, and Ariel, a seductive air spirit. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .

With Eyes LIke Stars, Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

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The fantastic first novel in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogyWelcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.17 × 5.42 × 1.08 inPublished:April 13, 2010Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312608667

ISBN - 13:9780312608668

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I?ve read in a long time Eyes Like Stars is one of the best books I?ve read in a long time. It?s a fresh and unique story. Bertie is an opinionated seventeen-year-old troublemaker. Her best friends are the Midsummer Night?s Dream fairies: Peaseblossum, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed.They are a bunch of spunky sprites that help her achieve her mischief (Yes, that was a Harry Potter reference. If you guessed it, ten points to?oh nevermind). They?re laugh out loud funny. Bertie also has a love for dying her hair. Last week, it was a fiery red and this week she has christened her head with a cobalt blue. She smokes, swears, and sometimes drinks, though I suspect it was all a ploy to catch Nate?s eye. Though, she prefers coffee to alcohol any day. Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/review-eyes-like-stars/
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting New Concept. Okay, so this book is like a giant Shakespearean (not to mention other playwrites) fan-fiction, but that doesn't lesson the impact of this read. I liked the new concept, a theatre filled with every character ever written; it's quite new to me and it was a very quick read. The main character has a lot of flaws, however; she incredibly self-serving and likes to toy with the two men wrapped around her fingers (though I doubt that she intends to do this). Ariel, a character from Shakepeare's the Tempest, is my favourite character. He is the bad-boy every girl wants, not to mention he is very seductive and it makes him a thrilling character to read about. Nate is a pirate from the Little Mermaid who only has one line throughout the entire play, but he is an interesting enough character; however, this doesn't mean I don't have issues with him. However, Mantchev doesn't fail to characterize him well as a pirate. Overall, I would say the first book of this series is worth reading if you're looking for something new and something to read through quickly.
Date published: 2012-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading ^^ This book is different from what everyone else is reading nowadays. The book features a peculiar heroine named Bertie who actually stands up for herself and doesn’t take it from anyone. Accompanied by four rather blunt faeries, Bertie lives her life at a theater with the Players; the cast of every play written. Until a rather embarrassing event in which Bertie once again manages to create chaos, and thus the Theater Manager imposes Bertie to make herself useful or leave the theater forever. So begins Bertie's journey, which involves a swashbuckling pirate named Nate, a malicious air spirit named Ariel, a magical book, and hilarious comments from Lady MacBeth, Hamlet's Father's ghost, Ophelia, and many more.
Date published: 2011-07-03

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Editorial Reviews

"Lisa Mantchev's theatrical fantasy 'Eyes Like Stars' pits a plucky orphan, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, and her fairy attendants against the wiles of Ariel and a stuffy stage manager." -New York Times Book Review"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"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"Electric.delicious.fascinating.vivid.smart and sassy.bawdy and hilarious.Brava! Encore!" -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"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"Mantchev's first novel feels dreamlike.underneath is a solid story about the search for happiness and identity. Inside jokes will delight drama club devotees.but this passionate debut should attract a broader readership as well." -Publishers Weekly