Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review: Perchance To Dream [Théâtre Illuminata #2] by Lisa Mantchev

Title: Perchance to Dream
Author: Lisa Mantchev
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Series: Théâtre Illuminata #2
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: 25th May 2010
Rating: 2 stars

Tell Me About It
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 is determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.

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. 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?
My Thoughts
Perchance to Dream is the second book in the Theatre Illuminata Series, Eyes Like Stars being the first book. I absolutely loved Eyes Like Stars and couldn't wait to make a start on Perchance to Dream.

While Eyes Like Stars is based in the Theatre, Perchance to Dream sees us following Bertie and company on the hunt for Nate and picking up a few extra people along the way. It also delves in Bertie's history and ability more, so when I finally got round to reading Perchance to Dream I found myself really struggling to get to the next chapter.

I turned pages and read chapters hoping the next part would get more interesting, and although near the end of the book in the last few chapters it picks up, I wasn't impressed.

The journey to find Nate was too long and arduous and only the jokes off the Fairies had me laughing. It felt like too much information was trying to be carried across to the reader and we had no time to sit and relax with the characters.

I loved Eyes Like Stars, but only "liked" Perchance to Dream. When So Silver Bright is released I will still buy it, but only because I have travelled this far with Bertie, that by not reading it I would never find out what happens in the end.


  1. I'm reading Perchance to Dream right now. I hope I like it, as i loved Eyes Like Stars. Thanks for the review! :)

  2. I really hope you like it more than I did, I wanted it to be an amazing book but I think I held it too high for it to reach amazing


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