Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev
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.
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.
I had a big issues with the characters in this one. (I've been having an issue with these a lot lately, haven't I?) It just seems that Bertie acted really immature. I don't know what it was, but she got on my nerves. A lot. Most of the Players were okay, it was just Bertie, the main character, who just seemed really young for her age.
The plot was actually pretty interesting. It was definitely not what I was expecting, and so at first, I was really shocked. But once I got into it a little bit more, it was pretty good. The plot was really interesting, but if you don't like fantasy novels, this isn't the book for you -- it has a LOT of fantasy.
I was expecting this to be better than it was. Bertie was a bit annoying, the story had a slow start and I just don't see what people see when they say they thought it was amazing. Now, having said that, it's not horrible... but it's just not amazing, either. It's in the middle, grading-wise, in my opinion. Three hearts.