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Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata #2 Hardcover – May 25, 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Theatre Illuminata Series

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Grade 8 Up—Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, Mistress of Revels, takes her show on the road in this rousing sequel to Eyes Like Stars (Feiwel & Friends, 2009). Abandoning the enchanted Théâtre Illuminata to rescue her beloved pirate Nate from watery doom in the lair of Sedna the Sea Goddess, the 17-year-old embarks on the journey accompanied by four feisty fairies and seductive Ariel, air spirit from The Tempest and Nate's rival for Bertie's heart. By turns perilous and comedic, the tale rolls along at breakneck speed as the troupe encounters danger and delight, negotiating predicaments with magic and wit. The fairies' constant clamor for pie adds hilarity as Bertie explores the extent of her magical powers, untangles her origins, and meets her father, the brooding bird-man Scrimshander. Mantchev's highly imaginative prose bursts with lush imagery and literary riffs, and the party's encounter with the Innamorati, a traveling circus inspired by Cirque du Soleil, enhances the book's surrealism. Although the lack of backstory may leave readers new to Bertie in the dust of confusion, fans of the first book will cry "Encore!" as the ending sets up the third in the series.—Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
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This sequel to Eyes like Stars (2009) returns to the fantastical Théâtre Illuminata, where 17-year-old Bertie Shakespeare Smith continues her wild, swashbuckling, genre-twisting adventures through magical, theatrical worlds. As in the previous volume, romance (more steamy suggestion than actual bodice-ripping) drives the girl-power plot, but the humorous allusions to famous literature, the breakneck banter among the magical cast, and, most of all, Bertie's astonishing ability to influence the course of actions with her written words will captivate readers. Fans of the first title will be equally enchanted and will hope for a third act from Bertie. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Theatre Illuminata (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312380976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312380977
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The theatre drama unfolds further into "real life" ... and yet there is even more magic. Lisa Mantchev weaves a tale so utterly captivating. I care about her characters, even the more malicious and wounded ones. This novel affirms that we all have choice and each choice can have a positive impact. I am delighted by Lisa Mantchev's writing.
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this book is a mix of Shakespeare plays and fantasy. Berties, spunky and brave, is very involved in a magical theater.. When the theater is threatened, it is up to Berie to save it. She is followed around by four of the fairies from Midsummer Nights Dream, air spirit, and a pirate. A wonderful read.
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Perhaps it was the Theatre I was enamoured of because as Bertie and Co travel in search of Nate and her father, the magic wanes. At first I thought maybe it was because Bertie couldn't get things right, couldn't get it together, but a book is all about character growth so that couldn't be it. I put the book down for a couple of days but was never called back to it. I couldn't at first explain why it didn't hold the same magic as the first until I neared the end. The imagery is so different, it didn't make sense to me. It didn't seem to follow any sort of rules and we're following the rules of bone- and blood-magic. She's the daughter of a Fulmar and Ophelia so I get the magic associated with them: air and water. But the Queen of the Forest, the trees, the rocks, the Cold imagery? It just didn't work for me. And perhaps my ignorance is my loss.

The fairies were delightful just like in the first book. I liked the scene when Sedna looks into Bertie's heart. I liked the message that Bertie learns self-reliance. So there are enough good things about this book that will make me read the third one. Mainly because I already bought it. :)
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Perchance to dream starts as Eyes Like Stars leaves off. Bertie has left the Theatre Illuminata with Ariel in search of a way to save Nate. Along the way, she finds her father and adventure she couldn't imagine.

Bertie is still Bertie, sweet, reliable, snarky and just awesome. The faires are still funny and food-obssesed and Ariel is his usual self, though he has calmed down a bit and I found myself really, really liking him this time. Even the thief Waschbar and his two ferrets where likeable and i enjoyed thier antics.

Just like with the first, there are moments whenyou may get lost or confused but it rights itself out pretty quickly. I think the oddest part was when Bertie found her father, his whole.. being, was just one big confusion. However, a helpful one.

The landscape that is described is lush, vibrant and beautiful. From the land to the sky and sea, I felt like i was apart of the world Lisa Mantchev created. By the time Bertie reaches the lair of the sea goddess I had laughed, cried, gasped and cheered on Bertie and company. Bertie gains more confidence and skill in her powers and the end battle was truely amazing, I had a box of kleenex by my side the entire time.

Perchance to Dream is a poetic and masterful piece of literary art. The characters, story, world and prose is just wonderful and put together so well. If you are a fan of unique storylines, then the Theatre Illuminata trilogy is right up your alley. Even if your not a fantasy fan, this is one not to be missed. Also, the cover is a simply gorgeous, all three books sport wonderful cover art and portray the characters and emotions of the books to a T.
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I enjoyed Eyes Like Stars quite a bit, for its complexity as a coming-of-age novel and for the awesome stagecraft fantasy world the author built. But I read it in March of 2011, and I forgot nearly everything about the story by the time I picked this one up. As it turns out, that was a problem, as the second book takes place moments after the first book ends.

I enjoyed it, but I was lost through a lot, and didn't feel as drawn into the world as I had with the first book. The fantastical world is even more fantastical, and you really need to read book 1 immediately before book 2 to understand most of what's happening.

I do recall Ariel being more capricious in book 1, where he's a solidly romantic (even spurned) character here. There's a bit of progression with the love triangle, although Bertie's sheer distance from Nate makes me favor Ariel. Or maybe Nate just seems too good to be true (you know, because he's a pirate of the best kind).

As for theater references, they continue in spades- Shakespeare, Gilbert & Sullivan, etc. The faeries continue being a sort of mischievous Greek chorus in the story, providing humor as a counterpoint to Bertie's small tragedies. I just wish I was as drawn in with Perchance to Dream as I was with Eyes Like Stars.
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Perchance to Dream (Theatre Illuminata #2)
The world outside the Theatre

Growing up in a enchanted Theatre Illuminata, Bertie learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts-but she didn't know that she had a role to play, too. Now that she's discovered her own magic, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales. And she's ready to write her own story, outside the protective walls of the Theatre. But which way will her story go? Towards Nate, who's being held captive by the Sea Goddess, and loves Bertie dearly? Or should she write Ariel into her narrative? He's by her side everyday, and she's finding his charms so very hard to resist...

In this book The members of Beatrice Shakespeare Smith and Company (which includes Bertie, Ariel and her sidekick fairies) leave the Theatre to go to the outside world to save Nate from the Sea Goddess - but only Bertie can save him. The Sea Goddess has stolen Nate's soul and left his body to rot in the sea cave. Bertie's dreams are haunted by Nate, and only her love is keeping him alive. In the day her heart is held by Ariel, who has been freed from the Theatre and loves her, but she is fixated on Nate. Still, she strings Ariel along because she loves them both, which comes in handy later on. In the outside world Bertie and Company meet Waschbar a sneak-thief who used to be a... well, thief. He and his two ferrets join Bertie and her team on their adventure. She also meets The Scrimshander who turns out to be her father.

I've been told the second book is always the hardest to write but Lisa did an amazing job. I had read this book in December of 2013 and stayed up until two a.m to finish it.
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