Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pub. Date: July 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: Theatre Illuminata Series
Bertie’s life consists of the Theatre Illuminata and all of its players whom are from every written play. This is her family for she knows no other. After Bertie’s constant debacles begin to interfere with the theatre’s harmony, she is forced to prove her worth as a valuable contributor to the theatre or risk losing the only home she’s ever known. When Bertie finds out about The Book, a magical tome which bounds the characters at the theatre, she takes it upon herself to protect the book and in the process Bertie starts to discover secrets from her past.
Will she finally discover who her parents are…..?
Mantchev’s debut novel is an attention grabbing extravaganza!
I found myself thoroughly entertained by the magical setting of the Theatre Illuminata. The writing is superb and I love how aspects of a play’s script were used in conjunction with the story. The writing has a great flow and is creatively delivered in a way that captured my attention throughout the book.
The characters in ELS are wonderful and Bertie’s sidekicks Moth, Cobweb, Peaseblossom and Mustardseed are my FAB 4. These fairies are hilarious and had me laughing every time they opened their mouths. I can’t leave out my favorite men in the book, Ariel and Nate. I love Bertie’s interactions with Ariel and Nate which provides plenty of tension and mouth watering drama. Both of these guys are special in their own way.
The plot is impeccable and kept me guessing throughout as I found myself glued to the pages. I enjoyed so many things about the story line and I’m ecstatic to say by the time I finished reading ELS, I started flipping back through the book to some of my favorite scenes.
Now that I’m finished with ACT I, I’m geared up for ACT II, Now Open The Darn Curtains!
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