Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
Shes not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev is full to bursting with masterful world building, quirky characters, and tempting hints of mystery. Added bonuses are a handsome pirate who tastes of salt and chocolate and a water spirit with a fair complexion and silver hair who smells of something darkly tempting. Those are just a few of the reasons youll want to read until your eyelids need to be propped open with toothpicks.
For an irresistible mix, throw in four snarky fairies with a penchant for trouble, tasty cupcakes from the Green Room, and the ability to cue a scene change from The Little Mermaid to clean up your bedroom after you dye your hair Cobalt Flame blue.
Oh. And I mustnt forget the jazz hands.
Dont delay. Read it. NOW. Knock people down to get it if you must, and then block out a day or two to sink into the Theatre Illuminata, where all the characters from every play ever written are bound by a magical, ancient book.
You might not want to resurface.
The word on the street (or Twitter at least) is that not since Hogwarts has there been such an enchanting story world as the one built by Lisa Mantchev in Eyes Like Stars. The blue-haired Bertie will capture your heart and tickle your funny bone. You'll laugh. You'll cry. Youll wish for your very own set of fairy enforcers.
And you might even develop a sudden desire to read Shakespeare.