Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev 5 of 5 stars.
To be released May 25, 2010
Growing up in the enchanted Theatre Illuminata, Beatric Shakespeare Smith learned all about every play ever written, 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. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the walls of the Theatre, they don't go as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between Nate, her suave pirate, and Ariel, a seductive air spirit.
When Nate is taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him, and she and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey, using Bertie's word magic to guide them. 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?(Book blurb)
Perchance to Dream has proved itself just as wonderful, if not better, than Lisa Mantchev's first book Eyes Like Stars. And this, my friends, is saying quite alot. Everything is a brilliant and beautiful surprise as Bertie discovers who she is, and the power her magic actually possesses.
I continue to be surprised by Lisa Mantchev's absolutely amazing way of telling a story. You never can really place the time period. Things go from Medieval, to modern, and back in the blink of an eye. What's so great about that? You never even realize it! Nothing is confusing. It simply flows together to make a hilarious and beautiful story with the characters we love.
I have a feeling everyone is going to be intensely surprised to find out who--or what!--Bertie's father is. And as for the love triangle that is Nate, Bertie, and Ariel, its actually a great layer to add to the already thick story. It becomes something to add intensity to the laughter. As the story progresses we get to see deeper into the characters that we did in the first book. I found myself even swooning over Ariel, who completely creeped me out in Eyes Like Stars.
All in all, Perchance to Dream is a book more tasty than any pie the fairies could find, and I don't think there's is a single soul in the world who wouldn't love this tale young or old! I can't wait for the next book!!
For fans of: Lisa Mantchev, Gail Carson Levine, theatre
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