Al her world's a stage.
Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Theatre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Theatre. It's the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, there's the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .
Grade: 4 out of 5.
Book Type: Own
First Sentence: The fairies flew suspended on wires despite their tendency to get tangled together.
When I first saw this book at BooksAMillion, I was captivated by the beautiful cover. The hues of the colors, the beauty of Beatrice (which is the person in the cover FYI), and the realistic touch the illustrator put into this cover. After realizing it was about Shakespeare and the theater, I felt like it was Heaven in a book. Both things I love -- a beautiful cover and Shakespeare -- were in one, and I was excited, so of course I read it.
Beatrice, as a character, sometimes got on my nerves with her mistakes she constantly makes in the process of the novel, but her story told in the novel (which you will know when you read the book) is very captivating and unique. The characters Mantchev used from the Shakespeare plays - Ariel (The Tempest), Cobweb, Peaseblossum, Moth, and Mustardseed (Midsummer Night's Dream), and Ophelia (Hamlet) - along with Nate, who was from The Little Mermaid, were just as I would have imagined them! Other characters from the plays that she presented as minor characters - Lady MacBeth (MacBeth), Othello (Othello), Hamlet (Hamlet) (Are you catching a trend that most of the plays are names?) - were a hilarious touch to an overall funny novel.
You also have Ariel and Nate competing for Beatrice's heart. Both are very tempting in their own ways, but I have to say that I personally am Team Ariel. He's just my kind of guy: dark, seductive, and controls an element. Besides, he's the only one in the love triangle that's ACTUALLY from a Shakespearian play. Yummy, yummy. (: (I am such a loser. . .)
Humorous and an exciting read! I suggest this to ANYONE who has a love for theater and Shakespeare. A beautiful and exciting mash of both. It certainly does deserve the cover it was given.
Last Words / Recommend?
It's very theatrical. If you love major plot turns, an exciting story, and a character that's past is just so interesting, you would love this book! Can't wait to get Perchance to Dream!
Who doesn't love this cover? Everyone who's gotten this book has mentioned how the cover captures their attention. I love it!