Author: Lisa Mantchev
Age Group: Teens
# of Pages: 368
My Rating: 5/5
Bertie Shakespeare Smith has been living in the Théâtre Illuminata all of her life. She is surrounded by mischievous fairies, Shakespeare's brooding characters, and a magical stage that never rests. This is her one and only home.
When she discovers that she is going to be kicked out, she is angry and desperate. To stay, she must figure out a way to contribute to the theatre.
While she does that, air spirit Ariel wants to be released from playing his part over and over again. Bounded by The Book, he is desperate for his freedom. Attempting to persuade Bertie into helping him escape the theatre, he is refused. If no one aids him, then he will take matters into his own hands.
Can Bertie save Théâtre Illuminata in time before Ariel wrecks everything?
Starting off reading the novel, I expected myself to be confused. Why? Because the setting was of course in another world and I thought I was going to get lost, seeing how I knew nothing about theatres. Surprisingly, I did not. Instead, I was instantly drifted into an enchanting world of famous plays and characters that were full of mysteries and surprises. I was able to keep reading without wanting to put it down. Even though not a lot happened in the beginning, the book still compelled me to continue on. Eventually it just got better and better!
The people in Eyes Like Stars were so unique that it was fun to read. I liked the playful fairies that always hung around Bertie because they were simply so cute. But the character that stood out to me the most and whom I completely loved was Ariel. He was very smooth and charming. I thought characters like him were always corny but Mantchev made him into such a three-dimensional person. I admired the fact that he was determined to grab for his freedom. Having Shakespeare's own characters there was a delightful touch. Since I have read a couple of plays for English class before, I could proudly point out to the ones I know of.
Eyes Like Stars is a bewitching tale that has whimsical characters and a voice that you will never forget. Pick up your copy today! With a cliffhanger, I am dying for its sequel!
Review ARC copy provided by Henry Holt and Company.