The Compulsive Reader: Théâtre Illuminata, Act Two: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Friday, July 23, 2010

Théâtre Illuminata, Act Two: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Bertie Shakespeare Smith grew up in the magical Théâtre Illuminata, never quite belonging, but it wasn't until recently that she discovered she has her own sort of magic. Named the Mistress of Revels, Bertie leaves the Théâtre to pursue her destiny and her lost love, Nate, who was captured by Sedna, the Sea Goddess, accompanied by her faithful and mischievous fairy sidekicks and the brooding, elusive air spirit Ariel, who does all in his power to make Bertie forget Nate and fall for him. Outside the Théâtre walls, Bertie will discover that real life isn't exactly like the stage, not all relationships are as they seem, and her magic with words can't always save her.

Perchance to Dream is just as magical and charming and its predecessor, Eyes Like Stars, but with a slightly darker undertone as the stakes are raised and Bertie must scramble to find a way to rescue Nate. Of course, all of the fantastic wit and charm are still present as Bertie makes all sorts of blunders in her attempt to hone her writing magic, accompanied by the fairies who are just as rambunctious as ever, along with a few new players, including Ophelia's lost love and Bertie's father, who is not at all what Bertie imagined. Throughout Bertie's journey (fraught with magical mishaps and plenty of unexpected detours), Bertie grows up, learns the power of the magic she possesses and how to yield it, comes to understand her parents a little better, and finally faces Sedna. Their encounter is tense and emotional, and Bertie is forced to confront her feelings for both Ariel and Nate (a scene that will have fans dividing into teams). Through it all, she remains an admirable heroine, spirited and clever, and her actions demand another sequel.

Cover Comments: I like how this cover stayed similar to the first cover is style, with the fairies and colors and fonts. I think it is very beautiful, and it represents the characters quite well.

ARC received from Amazon Vine.

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