Friday, November 13, 2009

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Bam, crash, whoosh! These sounds are heard often when Bertie's around. Seventeen-year-old Bertie has been at the theater for as long as she can remember. She and her fairy friends have frolicked and played there forever. But sometimes Bertie longs for her family. When the theater manager threatens to kick her out of the theater, Bertie realizes she's got to do something, and fast. She won't have any time to look for her family while she strives to become the director of Hamlet. Now Arial, another player, wants to get out, but no one can. It's physically impossible. They're bound to the inside. But Arial knows how to get out. He's as cunning as he is an actor. His betrayal means nothing to Bertie, seeing how he was bad in the first place. But will Bertie be allowed to stay at the theater? Can she stop Arial from escaping? And will she ever find out who her parents are? Join in this world where magic and mystery weave together to create a great story!
I thought the book was quite ordinary. It wasn't terrible yet not a best seller. It's a book for people who like to keep reading to get all the answers. Definitely a book for rainy days! I got the feeling Bertie wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. She smoked and drank, and the vocabulary wasn't completely appropriate. It was fiction, almost sci-fi. I thought the ending was nice, but I thought in the end, Bertie didn't do much except worry and cause trouble. It's for people who like magic.

The main character smoked and drank. Occasionally she cussed. She seemed to want to prove herself by being a bit of a gangster.

Reviewer Age:11
Reviewer City, State and Country: Eagle River, AK United States