"Welcome to the Theater Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Theatre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scrips. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Theatre. It's the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there's the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth..."
A friend of mine told me to read this book, for the fact that she had read it and loved it. Once I looked at it I was drawn in. The cover was quite beautiful and what it was about just sounded amazing. This world that Lisa has made is so utterly clever and extraordinary!!
The heroine "Bertie" was left on the doorstep of the Theatre and was found there by The Mistress of Revels, "Mrs. Edith". The Theatre has been the only home she has ever known and the cast the only family, but she is about to be cast out of the Theatre by the Theatre Manager because she's a "trouble maker" and doesn't have a role in the Theatre. Not wanting to leave the only home she's ever known, she strives to find a useful role in the Theatre. Aided by Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed and Peaseblossom, the fairies from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and her dashing pirate Nate from "The Little Mermaid" all things go well. That is until Ariel, the seductive air spirit from "The Tempest" is hell-bent on being free and out of his bonds to the Theatre and rips the pages out of "The Book" (which holds every play ever written) setting everyone free - oh and lets not forget Nate get's kidnapped by Sedna "The Sea Goddess". Bertie try's to put the book together and bring her dashing pirate back. In a mind-twisting book where nothing seems to go how you predict it will, she's the girl who's determined it right.
This was Lisa Mantchev's debut novel, and for a first novel this was everything you could ask for. This book was perfect. It had a love triangle, humor, plot twists, drama, and who doesn't love fairies? This book was fascinating, vivid, beautiful, hilarious, sassy and imaginative. I highly recommended this to anyone who loves unmanageable, feisty fairies, dashing pirates, evil air spirits and magical, bawdy, electric heroines!!! This book could be for all ages (If you don't mind some language) In the end this book is something you could read over and over again and that you should read over and over again.
There will be a review to "Perchance to Dream" tomorrow.
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