- Publisher: FEIWEL & FRIENDS
- Format: Hardback | 356 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 220mm x 34mm | 522g
- Publication date: 13 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0312380984
- ISBN 13: 9780312380984
- Sales rank: 207,083
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she's close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family - and the Theatre Illuminata - from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate.
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Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including "Perchance to Dream" and "Eyes Like Stars." She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. She won the Chancellor's Award For Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program. After graduation, she taught English at the Lycee Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for Winter and Spring productions, she wrote fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007. Mantchev makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amelie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun.
By Alaiel Kreuz 26 Jan 2012
Bertie is not ready to fight Sedna again, not so soon, and when an invitation to attend a party in the Royal Castle arrives she and her company quickly decide to attend. They might not be so thrill about meeting the Queen (from whom they've heard a lot of things... and not all of them so good) but they are eager to lose Sedna.
After a few disappears they finally arrive to the castle where they perform for the Queen in exchange of a wish: Bertie can get what her heart desires most. And she surely knows what she wants: to reunite her family.
But not even the Queen's power can grant her that wish... But she can, at least, offer her all the missing pieces of her parent's story. And without knowing what's coming her way Bertie begins a travel through time to discover all the secrets behind the masks... all the plots that had changed her life and threatens her happiness.
And, at some point, a deal made with a herb-seller to ensure protection is going to change Bertie's future even if she doesn't know it. Is she ready to face what is coming for her?
Is the ThΓΖΖΖΖΖΓΖΖΖβΓΖΖβΓΖβΓβΓΒ©ΓΖΖΖΖΖΓΖΖΖβΓΖΖβΓΖβΓβΓΒ’tre ready for the final battle?
I can say a lot of things about this book, about how it made me feel, how it made me smile and how it made my cry but all the words would not be enough to summon and explain how much I enjoy it and how sad I am now that I've finished this series.
First of all, I don't know if you have been between two loves and know, for sure, that you could be very happy with both guys... but we can't have both of them, right? Bertie can't do that either and it breaks her heart every time she thinks about choosing one of them.
At the end she chooses one, even if she doesn't know it. And I cried, I did. What can I say? I was cheering for both of them because the way they love her is just so sweet and tender...
So, if you are going to pick up this series and read the three books make sure to have a box of tissues next to you.
Despite the bittersweet ending the book was amazing, all the questions were answered and everything had an explanation. The ending came fast with a final twist that knocked my world and I'm sure Bertie's too.
And, as always, Lisa Mantchev's writing was exquisite and marvelous... a good plot needs a good writer, and a good heroine needs a good storyteller, Lisa was both.
."..fans of the series will find even more of what they loved in this book: the surrealistic imagery; the witty wordplay and literary allusions; and favorite characters..."--"School Library Journal"