blo Teens Read and Write: Eyes Like Stars (Giveaway Points Post)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Eyes Like Stars (Giveaway Points Post)


Eyes Like Stars: Theater Illuminata, Act 1
by Lisa Mantchev
Pub: July 2009
368 pages

Giveaway ALERT! If you've already entered the contest, a comment on this post (within 5 days of post date) gets you 2 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to learn about the giveaway and enter! Good luck!

Synopsis:
"All her world's a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theatre.
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...

Welcome to Theatre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre 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."

Eyes Like Stars did not captivate at the start, but it was either read it or stare out the window for the three hour drive. I chose wisely.

The book gets off to a slow and confusing start - and admittedly, so much fantasy is not my thing, so maybe to others it won't be confusing at all. Anyway, we begin with Bertie in her room, which is a stage set and shortly thereafter we learn she's getting the boot from the theater... conflict right from the start.

I honestly can't tell you where the turning point was, but one minute I'm slugging along and the next I'm tripping over my dogs because I can't tear my eyes from the pages long enough to ensure safe passage from the car to the front door.

My favorite part of the book - other than the one-of-a-kind world Lisa Mantchev created - is the characters we get to meet in a new light. Ophelia and Hamlet from...well, Hamlet, the wonderfully obnoxious fairies from A Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, pirates from the Little Mermaid...the list goes on and on. And don't worry, you don't have to be familiar with the plays to get all the jokes.

I've read reviews saying Bertie comes off younger than seventeen, I say many seventeen-year-olds are like Bertie, some are just better at hiding it. Bertie is wildly entertaining, a Queen of Improvisation, and caught in a love triangle right from the start. That's always fun!

I'd peg this a must read. At one point the story felt a little Inkheart-ish, but it was fleeting, leaving Eyes Like Stars a unique and entertaining read.

The Cover: Love it! The colors are amazing, the fairies seem ready to fly off the page and, come on, who doesn't want that hair!


We have an arc of Eyes Like Stars (so fair warning that it doesn't have the cool cover) offered in the MegaBook Giveaway that will have 23 winners so far. Go to the contest post if you'd like to enter. Good Luck!

78 comments:

Jessy said...

I felt the same way at first. I was like why did I buy this book. After about a quarter through it started getting good and now I am un-patiently awaiting the sequel.

1inseveralbillion said...

Ooh the characters in 'new light' sound interesting!

Chase92 said...

I never really liked fantasy books, but maybe I'll check this one out. Love the cover!!!

ninefly said...

The cover grabbed me right away, it reminded me a lot of manga-esque art and I had thought this was a graphic novel at first XD;
I've never read a lot of the Shakespearean plays, so I'm interested to at least half-acquaint myself with some of the characters through this book by proxy 8D

- ninefly(at)gmail.com

Blodeuedd said...

It does sound good, and when you know to keep reading, that it gets better then it is worth it

Brodie said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book, but I've been debating whether or not it's my kind of read. I definitely do love the cover, it's gorgeous! And your review has peaked my interest. Darn it... I'm gonna have to read this!

elnice said...

Good to know it starts off slow then picks up. This is on my list for sure. Great review

Elie (Ellz Readz)

Krista said...

Oh, this is another book I really wanna read :) Great review! Definitely on my must read list :)

justaiv said...

I don't really like fantasy books but this one sounds interesting.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really enjoyed this. It was so different to anything else I've read this year. Great review as always, Alyssa!

booklover said...

Seems interesting...and I like the cover too!

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

I am a definite Fantasy lover, so this certainly sounds like somthing that I would enjoy. Though I think that no matter how great the content of the book turns out to be, nothing will beat the cover. Absolutely stunning!

Jessica W. - Book Bound

Alessandra said...

Last days to enter the giveaway, eh? This book has a very pretty cover, but apart from that, I'm not sure I would enjoy it... I'm not such a big fan of fantasy, either. Still, I don't think it would hurt me to try.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I've had this one on my radar for a while, but still haven't picked it up. Thanks for the honest assessment!

TJ said...

I want this book. The cover is gorgeous and I've heard good things. :3

Sheere said...

Shakespeare jokes? Seems interesting!
The girl in the cover is so great, love her hair!

cait045 said...

I read this one and loved it.

donnas said...

Great review. I have been wanting to read this one since it came out and just havent had the chance yet.

Miriam said...

This book sounds really cool - I love the idea of all those play characters coming together. I think I like fantasy but I've not read much of that genre for a while. XD

Jasmyn said...

This sounds like a great start to a series.

pepsivanilla said...

I absolutely love this book! The cover is stunning too.

Silent Raven said...

Sounds great! I'll definitely read this one!

Nikki O said...

Consider me intrigued. I like the cover as well. Thanks for sharing!

Dani. said...

This book looks soooo good. I love the cover, and agree with you, who doesnt want that hair? :)

Orchid said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. Glad it picks up. :)

Cherie J said...

This book sounds so good. Enjoyed the review.

Alexa said...

I love the cover of this book too! it sounds like this book has great characters and a captivating plot-i need to read it!

Rebecca said...

I love Shakespeare so this book sounds really good with it's Shakespeare related plot.

alinesantosdacosta said...

i have wanted to read this book since i saw the cover , i want it even more now that i know the history

throuthehaze said...

The cover is so beautiful!

elaing8 said...

I've been wanting to read this book for some time.I love that cover

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Great review, I have this book in my TBR pile and will read it eventually! Jeez more books for the giveaway!??? You guys are amazing! lol

Justine said...

I like your review. I think I'll read it :) The cover is real nice!

booklover said...

I love your selection of books to give away, guys! Great job.

Mandy said...

I've been curious about this book. Good review.

mariska said...

I've never heard about this book ! the cover is awesome !

Sandra Stiles said...

I have never heard of this book it sounds very interesting.

Ciel said...

The cover of this book is so beautiful =) I have this book in my reading pile, too. Oh, and the Inkheart trilogy is one of my favorite books so that's another reason for me to read it in addition to the intriguing summary.

Llehn said...

I wasn't as fortunate. I gave up halfway. Now I'm thinking maybe I should have persevered. :(

Teddyree said...

I had convinced myself that Eyes Like Stars just wasn't for me but after reading your review I'm not so sure.

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I don't read too much fantasy either, though I have plenty on my TBR. Looks like this 1 might end up on there too! I like both the title and the cover. Thanks for the review!

Jenny N. said...

I've seen great reviews for this book but haven't read it yet.

austenfan said...

All the reviews I've read so far have been positive. This seems like a good read!

brizmus said...

Oh, I was worried for a second there, when you were talking about the beginning of this book. Because I have been DYING to read it, and I was afraid you were going to say it was bad. I'm so glad it ended up being a must read! I can't wait!

Ruth Schaller said...

This sounds really good! Love the cover! It's amazing that sometimes the covers just pull you in! LOL

booklover said...

Sometimes slow beginnings make me stop reading the book. But as long as I know it is really good, I'll continue reading. Hopefully.

xxsquigglesxx said...

I absoutely love the cover of this book, it looks great!

Melissa Burmester said...

I cannot wait to read it and I love to read a good fantasy novel


melissa@gingerhigh.com

Eileen B said...

what a great contest



twinsbur@gmail.com

Jess said...

I've read this book a several times over. I loved it. It's one of those that just captivate.

-Jess
(findtimetoread @gmail.com)

Bella said...

WOW! Thanks for bringing this one to our attention! It looks great! (Love the cover!)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

This book sounds amazing! I want it. :)

Karla said...

iv been wanting to read this book for a while now. im happy you liked it makes me want to read it more. i do like the fantasy stuff so maybe it wont be as confusing to me at the begining. great review :)

Addicted Book Reader said...

I love the cover too, and it sounds pretty good!

babygirlG said...

The cover is gorgeous!

Sassy CC said...

I simple love the idea of eyes like stars- fantasy is a favorite of mine.
The cover is so pretty.

Seahn

MarthaE said...

Very good review! Be careful tripping over the dogs! LOL Yes it is a great cover too!

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review, I did enjoy the book. I found myself laughing out loud a few times because of the fairies. I'm really looking forward to the sequel :o)

-Lisa
alifeboundbybooks(at)hotmail(.)com

Debbie's World of Books said...

hmmm, I've been waffling on this one. i love the cover but the book blurb didn't really catch my attention. Maybe I will have to give it a chance.

Zombie Girrrl said...

Mmm, waffles. Anyway! I've heard good things about this book, but for reason (lack of zombies, perchance?) I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Glad it's been added to the pot! =)

Andrea C said...

Your review has convinced me I want to read this book I love the cover too

blueviolet said...

I love when a book surprises you like that and ends up being fabulous!

titania86 said...

I've seen the beautiful cover before, which always draws me in, but it's nice when the interior is lovely too. I really want to read this!

Robyn said...

The cover is simply gorgeous! I keep on looking at when I am at the book store! Sounds really good!

Robyn

oO Mariana Oo said...

Im hoping to read this book soon, looks pretty good ^^.

Mariah said...

I really enjoyed this book! Also I agree that the cover is Beautiful!

aprilnichole said...

I want this book! I love the cover and it just sounds like a good book.

Wrighty said...

I'm so glad you posted this because I wondered the same thing. I love the cover but when I glanced through it at the store I wasn't sure if I would like it. Now I'm anxious to read it again!

Bunny B said...

I agree with you on the cover!! It's so pretty! It makes me wanna read this :)

Aik said...

I want to read this book!

Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

The cover is quite the eye-catcher. The synopsis makes it sound very interesting as well. It doesn't really sound like something that I would need to buy in a bookstore, but interesting enough that I might. I like the premise of the novel. It's unique.

:D Nikki

booklover said...

I wonder...is there a sequel?

Lizzy said...

I loved this book! I think that it helped that I was in the Drama group at my high school. So, I definitely understood the insanity that is a theatrical production. It was definitely a unique story.

WilowRaven said...

So glad to hear that the book picked up for you after a slow start. I started reading it but put it down because it was a slow start for me as well. Can't wait to finish it now! Thanks!

I entered your contest :)

Ladytink_534 said...

Oh I just love books that pulls characters from classics. This sounds so neat!

booklover said...

I really enjoy reading Shakespeare, so this book should also be a great read since it has some of the same characters.

Josef13 said...

Interesting looking book~!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've seen this book around quit a bit, and always been drawn to it because of the cover. Thanks for the review!

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