Eyes Like Stars Review

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev


Enter Stage Right 

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

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place 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 and 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. 

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. 

Open Curtain

My Thoughts:
This was one of those books that the whole time I was reading it I wanted to review it.  You ever have those books?  The ones where certain parts are so amazing you just want to post whole paragraphs for people?  Like teaser Tuesday.  I had a hard time finding just two sentences to post.  There were just too many fantastic parts!  

The thing that stood out the most to me were the characters.  Lisa Mantchev has a rare ability to create characters that are completely unique and so easily seen.  Does that make sense?  Her descriptions are so vivid that you picture them clearly.  And they are all just so amazing.  So magical.  So creative. 

She does just as well with scene descriptions.  I had a clear image of the theatre and the magic created there.  I was, however, a little confused in the beginning.  I guess I didn’t really know what to expect and she wasn’t clear in the beginning that it’s all magic.  At least I didn’t notice that part (I could’ve just missed it).  But to be honest, it didn’t take anything away from the story.  I quickly came to understand that it’s all magic.

There were a few things that drove me crazy.  Like what’s the time period?  She talks about people arriving by carriage and limousine and Bertie wore jeans.  In the back with the discussion it asks about that so I’m assuming that’s on purpose?  I guess I like to know what time period something is, and this is one that I’m going to go with I wish it was in the Victorian times, or something.  It just seems to fit better.  But even with that little bit bugging me this was an amazing story and I can’t wait to read Perchance to Dream!  The time period bit may be more clear then because they leave the theatre!  

Overall this was a magical and fun ride and it really was over the top good!  I couldn’t possibly give it less then 5 moons!  

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  1. Yay Candace! I’m so glad you liked it. You’re absolutely right about some books being so good you want to review them right away :) Awesome observation!
    Now you have to read PERCHANCE!

  2. This book sounds so amazing~ I remember first hearing about it and just loving the unique story premise. I love well developed characters, I can’t wait to read this book. 😀 Wonderful review!

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