Author: Lisa Mantchev
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (July 7, 2009)
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is an orphan ... kinda. She has always lived at the Theatre Illuminata, and has never really had a play to call her own. Well except for the ones she writes, where she tries to figure out what happened to her parents. With her side kicks, the fairies from A Midsummer's Nights Dream, Bertie manages to get into all sorts of trouble. But when push comes to shove, Bertie stands up for what she beleives in and fights for her right to stay at the only home she's ever known.
Trying to summarize this book was actually really hard, there are so many elements that pulled together to make it one bang of a read. It was extremely quick paced, and Bertie was a very strong heroine. She is what every girl should be. Headstrong, loyal and a bit of a rebel.
I received the ARC of this book in a contest held by the author. Who by the way is really lovely, she has a livejournal and a twitter and often comments and replies to people. Anyway, I received this book as an ARC and started reading it, only to get swamped with finals and other nasty stuff. So my grandma was looking for a book to read and saw it sitting on the end table, she picked it up and it took me almost 2 months to get it back from her. She kept saying that it was "remarkable" and "totally neat".
Both of our favorite characters were the fairies. They were laugh out loud funny, there were points where I was literally laughing like a loon and snickering, often at the same time.
Eyes Like Stars is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves strong heroines and twisty plots. The best thing is you don't even have to be familiar with Shakespeare in order to get it. It did make me more familiar with some of the characters, but honestly the way they are written totally captures their personality in a more modern feel.
This book hits the stage July 7, 2009. I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy.
An excerpt can be found on the authors livejournal: HERE