Perchance To Dream
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 is determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY
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. 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?
The change of scenery in Perchance to Dream gave a story a refreshing change without losing the magic that Eyes Like Stars had. If anything, it might have been even more magical. Some sequences, especially towards the end, I could totally see as a stop-motion film. Everything was so whimsical and well developed, especially the characters. We have the return of the faeries from A Midsummer Night's Dream, who will forever be my favorite characters, as well as some new characters. It's very rare that a book will cause me to laugh out loud, but the faeries' banters about sweets and pies and all around tom-foolery will never fail to make me laugh. And the reason for that is probably because the writing is so well done and so clever. The language is something I just absolutely love. It's this mix of modern and Shakespearean English that is just so delicious to read and really adds to the crafting of the story.
However, this series, like every other young adult series, is not without romance and a love triangle. But, I will defend this one by saying that it was unpredictable, and the outcome at the end of this novel is not one you see very often. And that could apply to the entire book as a whole. The narrative took twists and turns that I didn't expect. It was just so well crafted! One minute I'd be laughing at the faeries, the next moment Bertie would be stuck in some sort of waking dream, and the next moment would be dark and sort of scary. It takes an awful lot of skill to be able to jump ranges like that.
Overall, if you haven't read this series, you definitely need to pick up Eyes Like Stars. It's been a while since I've wanted to completely binge on a series, but this is turning out to be one of those moments. I need to find a copy of book three as soon as possible.
I really feel for Bertie in this book, even more so than in the last, I was having as much, or maybe even more, trouble deciding for myself who she should end up with, both Ariel and Nate love her so much, and both are unique and wonderful in their own ways.
The faeries as usual are hilarious, especially when while putting on a production of "The Capulets and the Montagues are Dead." Peaseblossom suffers from schizophrenia, and when Moth, Mustardseed, and Cobweb are "canniballistic" and start eating Henry, Peaseblossom's marzipan boyfriend. Their lines and quips never fail to crack me up laughing.
A journey is about to unfold...
The life of Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has never been a tame one. Living in an enchanted theater with a band of mischevieous fairies, a swash-buckling pirate, and a wild-as-the-wind air elemental doesn't leave much opportunity for calm. But when Bertie sets off on an adventure to rescue the handsome Nate, has she gotten in over her head?
Perchance To Dream is the second novel in the innovative ThÃ©Ã¢tre Illuminata series by the wonderfully eccentric author, Lisa Mantchev. For anyone who fell in love with Eyes Like Stars, Perchance is a must-read-asap choice, due to come out in May. It's hilarious (as is inevitable with the fairies around), romantic (as the love triangle deepens), and heart wrenching as Bertie discovers who she really is. Throw in a circus-full of new characters, as well as powers that spin out of control, and you have Bertie's life in a nutshell: chaos.
Count down the days until May, people. The best fantasy you'll read (until book three) is waiting for you.