Perchance to Dream (Theatre Illuminata Book 2)- Lisa Mantchev
Love triangles in literature are funny things. Inevitably, there is a love interest that you as a reader love more than the other; for instance, it results in being on either “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob.” Mantchev’s second book of the Theatre Illuminata series, Perchance to Dream, achieves what every other love triangle has not: I love both male love interests equally, just as Bertie does. There are no “OH my goodness, why do you even like him moments?” for me. Their petty jealousies, the variations in how they love her, their dramatically different personalities, it all works brilliantly. More than that, it allowed me as a reader to feel exactly what our lovely female protagonist Bertie feels.
Bertie meanwhile remains as headstrong stubborn, loyal and foolish in the best ways possible just as she was in Eyes Like Stars. Moreover, Mantchev’s writing thrills me with it’s inclusion of lines of Shakespeare and other theatrical references. Reading feels more like watching a play complete with scene, set and costume changes. I can only hope that this isn’t the final curtain, but merely intermission in the Theatre Illuminata Series.
Exeunt Verb Vixen
Just finished Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev. Bertie was left at the Illluminata theatre as a baby, but her world is turned upside down when the Theatre Manager tells her she must make a contribution to the theatre or leave for good. Hilarity, drama, betrayal, lust, love, and adventure ensue. And all the while Beatrice stays true to her namesake as a woman who will not be put upon.
The plot is quite clever, and the cast of characters are charming and irresistible breathing new life and personality to some old favorites. The writing has brilliant moments where it is practically musical. I was slightly frustrated by the ending, since it leaves two large questions looming, but I am looking forward to the sequal. Overall, this book gets an A from me!