I finished reading Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev yesterday for a Traveling ARC Tour.
The stuff that dreams are made on.
Act Two, Scene One
Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre 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 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 Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make 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. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie’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?
This was a neat sequel to Lisa Mantchev's first book, Eyes Like Stars. I feel like this was slightly more of a love story and I enjoyed that. The book is so creative. The story and setting and action that this story brings into your head is so full of imagination and fun.
My favorite characters from the first book, the fairies are back! And they are just as funny. I want my own little fairies to provide comic relief for me!
Perchance to Dream sets up the next book in the series nicely, and I can't wait to get to read it!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Perchance to Dream will be released on May 25, 2010
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 45
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 33
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 31
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Traveling ARC Tours.