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“This book was even better than the first, going so far as the cover art. Filled from start to finish with, mischief, food, fun, words, magic, and love, it starts out with Bertie and Co. on a quest to save Nate from the clutches of the evil sea goddess, Sedna. But things aren't as easy as Bertie...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I just couldn't with this book.
“I loved this book, its so interesting to read!”Alexis P wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bertie is in an odd position in this book. I like how the author describes the problems in the book. I also thought it was interesting how Bertie feels.”Francesca wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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Synopsis: “Act Two, Scene One: Growing up in the enchanted Theatre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, 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. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY.
But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Theatre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her a decision between
NATE: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.
Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.
When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. Berite’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?”
Review: Perchance to Dream is the second installment in the Theatre Illuminata Trilogy. Bertie has left the enchantment of the Theatre in order to rescue Nate. But she hasn’t gone alone, the irresistible Ariel and as always her four faithful fairy companions: Moth, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, and Mustardseed, have tagged along on the adventure. And true to form, they manage to get themselves in all sorts of wild and entertaining predicaments.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the four fairies. They are just too funny and oh so much fun to read! From their crazy antics and pranks to their outlandish sayings, you will find yourself laughing out loud throughout most of the book. One of my favorite parts is when Peaseblossom thinks she’s finally fallen in love, you won’t believe who she chooses! Cobweb, Mustardseed, and Moth are as always: crude, jokesters, and hungry! They manage to get themselves (along with Bertie and Ariel) into a heap of trouble when they come upon a wedding FULL of food. Oh boy!
A new character makes his way into Bertie’s adventure: Waschbar, the sneak-thief. Waschbar turns out to be just as clever as the fairies but with a good heart and better logic. He joins Bertie and her crew when Bertie uses The Book (the one that holds the origins of every Player) to help get her and the others out some dangerous trouble.
Bertie manages to get herself and her band of interesting sidekicks into a lot of trouble on her own though. Still not use to being the Mistress of Revels, The Teller of Tales, every time she writes something new in The Book, something always seems to go wrong and turns everything topsy-turvy.
Ariel is still determined to keep Bertie safe (and all the while greasing on his charm and sexiness)– which Bertie finds herself drawn to more and more.
Even from the Sea Goddess lair, Nate is still very much alive in Bertie– well, in her dreams that is. Bertie’s guilt continues to magnify the more she dreams of Nate because he is fading, and quickly, there is only so much time left for her to save him.
Perchance to Dream was DELICIOUS, VIVID, AND HILARIOUS! Bertie is strong willed and stubborn and loyal– a beautiful heroine girls of any age will love to read and find a connection with.
If you haven’t read Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to Dream than you are missing out on two of the best young adult novels out there! Full of beautiful fantasy, rowdy characters, a sassy lead heroine, and crazy antics– you will find yourself devouring every word of the Theatre Illuminata Trilogy. ”
“This book moves fast! I love the screwy characters, and the clever situations. The fairies in particular crack me up. ”Ashley Boehme wrote this review Friday, May 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just couldn't with this book.
Despite my issues with book #1 I decided to continue with this series. I got half-way through and realized that my reading experience was 'off'. I wasn't absorbing 3/4 of what I was reading. It could have been that I just wasn't in the mood but more likely it's because I found her writing style to be rushed and shallow.
I didn't like any of the poorly drawn characters (except, maybe, Ariel) and I found the love triangle annoying. I had no idea why she liked either of her suitors other than they were 'hot' and that I was told they had a history together. I especially found Nate offensive - possessive, jealous and, at the time I stopped, likely to have tricked Bertie into a type of relationship she hadn't chosen for herself. Really, just a damaging portrayal of a bad romantic relationship. Maybe it would have resolved itself, but I cared too little to continue.
Also? Her fairy companions? I couldn't see why Bertie was friends with them. Because they were 'cute'? Despite the authors prodigious efforts, they came of as annoying and not funny.
I will NOT be reading Book #3.”
“Did not like this one as much as Eyes Like Stars. Way to bizarre. I couldn't tell what was real and what was Bertie hallucinating. And we all know she should end up with Nate. :)”S Hannauer wrote this review Saturday, February 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a wonderful sequel for a beautiful first book. The action was many, and the main character orchestrated all that they needed to do with her newfound power of directing. All in all, wonderful.”Samantha wrote this review Friday, February 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This sequel did the series justice. I'm really enjoying this theatre-fantasy and even the love triangle. The father was a great addition and I cannot wait to see how the sneak theif adds to the story. Bertie is an awesome heroine and I love that she can save herself and still have friends.”Zombie Katie wrote this review Saturday, February 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There were some great descriptions, but too many 'deus ex machina' scenarios and the romance is overtaking the rest of the story.”Pith wrote this review Wednesday, November 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book! Usually the second book in a series stinks because it has to explain so much plot; however, this book, thankfully, lacked that usual second-in-a-series drag. It also had a nice ending which I think is important even though there is another book after this one, which I cannot wait to read. Anyway, back on topic, the images in ths book are soooo vivid its insane, Mantchev certainly spent a while on each word so as to make the sentences come together so beautifully. Well, before I spoil the book I just need to tell you to read this book, especially if you love Shakespeare as much as I do!”MT wrote this review Thursday, October 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No