Wednesday 9 September 2009

Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev

Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev

Pages: 352
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Release Date: 7th July 2009

All her world’s a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theatre.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
Until now.

Nate: Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie (as she’s known to the theatre).
Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. Bertie’s sidekicks.
Ariel: Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
Bertie: Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book - an ancient magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family…and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Eyes Like Stars is Lisa Mantchev’s fantastically magical debut. It was utterly enchanting.

One of my favourite parts of Eyes Like Stars is the characters. Bertie is headstrong and impulsive, Ariel is extremely intriguing, Nate is protective and a pirate - I love pirates - but Ophelia really surprised me and I got to like her a lot. But it was the fairies that were my favourites. Moth, Cobweb, Mustardseed and Peaseblossom had me laughing throughout the novel and I loved how protective of Bertie they were.

The world that Lisa Mantchev created blew me away. I loved the scene changes, the players and the competition between the staff. It made me remember how much I love going to the theatre and how long it’s been since I went. The Theatre is a spellbinding place I would love where to see a show. But I may never come home again!

Lisa Mantchev’s imagination continually astounded me whilst reading Eyes Like Stars. It was original and completely unique; I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it before.

I loved Eyes Like Stars and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see how Bertie’s quest pans out.



  1. I also loved the scene changes in Eyes Like Stars--so imaginative!I agree; I don't think I've read anything quite like it before.

  2. I really want to read this it sounds amazing. Great review!

  3. This sounds refreshingly different. I shall have to give it a try. I really enjoyed your review - it had a magical quality - maybe the book rubbed a little fairy dust off on you.

  4. Great review - I love what you said about the author's imagination. It sounds brilliant!

  5. This book sounds so brilliant! Thanks for yet another great review :)

  6. Nice review. I reallyyyy want to read this(:

  7. Awesome review! I can't wait to read ELS! It sounds SOOOOO amazing! I'll definitely put that on my list :-)


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