Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Perchance to Dream
Theatre Illuminata Book 2
by Lisa Mantchev

Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9780312380977
Release Date: May 2010

from the publisher's site: 
Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn’t know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world. 

But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between—

 Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril. 

 Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’s dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it’s Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess’s lair?

my thoughts: 

With her previous release, Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev quickly became one of my favorite new authors. Perchance to Dream did not disappoint. One thing that really stands out to me is Lisa's ability for visual descriptions. I never have any problem feeling like I'm right there with Bertie and her friends

Perchance to Dream picks up right where Eyes Like Stars leaves off, so if you haven't read Eyes Like Stars yet (What's wrong with you?) I highly recommend reading that one first. Sure you can probably understand the story anyway, but why wouldn't you want to read every fabulous word of Bertie's story?

This book has it all, action, adventure, romance; there are emotional highs and lows. Perchance to Dream is the kind of book you want to fly through because you have to know what happens, and yet you want to savor it because you don't want the story end just yet. I'm completely hooked on Lisa Mantchev and I can't wait for book 3. 

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