Author: Lisa Mantchev
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 4.5 stars
All her world’s a stage.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
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.
Enter Stage Right
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.
Welcome to the Théâtre 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 Théâtre 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.
Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.
When I saw a review for this book on another book review site, I thought it sounded like it could be interesting, but I didn’t rush out to get it at the bookstore. I saw it at the library a little while later, but I just recommended it to my sister without checking it out for myself. My sister started reading it but didn’t seem impressed. I was going to just return it, but then I decided I might as well try reading it and see how it is.
I am so glad that I did, because now it’s one of my favorite books ever! I admit, the beginning can be a little confusing, but if you stick with it, you’ll be glad, because it’s an amazing book. It takes a bunch of old characters from plays that you’ve seen, read, or at least heard of, but the author manages to breath new life into them and make them into new characters. And the protagonist, Bertie, is such an interesting character, and her mysterious past is so interesting to read about and discover. Even though we discover who the mysterious mother is and how Bertie came to the theater, the identity of her father remains a mystery and I couldn’t wait to read the next book to find out who it is, and what happens to Nate after the events of the book. And the love triangle between the three main characters is so interesting to read – the author has written the characters so that I can’t decide who I want her to chose, because they all have their good qualities and both care for Bertie greatly.
So, even though this book starts out a little confusing, stick with it and you won’t be disappointed!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars