All her world’s a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
I first heard about EYES LIKE STARS a few months ago and I have to say, the name stuck with me. When I followed a link and read about it, I knew I had to read the book.
This is one of those novels where the premise is so unique, that it’s difficult to compare it with anything else.
EYES LIKE STARS is full of all the sparkly goodness you want in a novel, but it’s not just empty calories. This book has substance. Lisa Mantchev handles a large cast with panache. You don’t feel as though you’ve been buried by names. Each character is well-defined and like-able (or not) depending on his or her personality and as real as the world in which they live.
In fact, when you open the book, Lisa Mantchev takes you immediately into Théâtre Illuminata. You’ll find yourself in a world of fairies, where the character of every play ever written lives, and you’ll want to stay there.
The plot is refreshing, extremely well-written and the voice easy to read and engaging. Bertie is the kind of main character that you fall in love with. She’s sassy, fond of coffee, courageous, with a heart as big as her need to belong.
I haven’t mentioned Nate, the intrepid pirate, or Ariel, the mysterious and intriguing (and sexy) air spirit. Suffice it to say there is also a romantic element to the novel that is truly sigh worthy.
Every once in awhile, a writer hits it out of the proverbial ball park. That writer is Lisa Mantchev. I am looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
For all of you who haven’t read it yet? What are you waiting for? It can be found at your local bookstore or here.
If you want to learn more about Lisa Mantchev, her website is here , here, or stick around, I’ll post an interview with her on Wednesday. Okay, okay, you can leave, but come back, okay? It’s my first interview and I’m nervous.