Author: Lisa Mantchev
Released: July 2009
Synopsis: All her world’s a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She is not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but has no lines of her own.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every place 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.
Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.
I started this book, just to read a chapter before bed. That didn’t work out like I planned. It started off a little slow and confusing- but it quickly picked up and I could not put the book down. The fairies are hilarious- like younger siblings, only smaller so they are more mischievous. I’m impatiently waiting the second book. This debut, is different from anything I’ve read – its one of things that makes it so addicting.
Bertie lives in a magical theater, a place where every play ever written comes to life. She is not part of the theater, but was left there as a young child. With no family of her own, she has characters in the cast and crew that she has made into her family.
When an accident(one of many) happens on the set, the stage manager has had enough of Bertie. He talks the theater manger into making her leave. Bertie has a way with words, and is able to talk the manger into giving her one last chance to prove, this is where she belongs.
Along with her almost boyfriend Nate and her fairy friends she decides to “direct” Hamlet. How hard could it be- same lines, just a change of scenery? Harder than she ever imagined, someone is out to ruin her plan and destroy the theatre. Can Bertie save the theatre, direct a play and prove she is an invaluable asset ?
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