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Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I

Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, Act I - Whatever list I ordered a bunch of YA fantasy based off of (and if you use Goodreads, you probably understand that there are an infinite number of recommendation sources) hit it out of the park. Between this book and The Magicians & Mrs. Quent, there's some excellent characters, compelling stories and the promise of two series to glom. Eyes Like Stars is the first in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy, and introduces a theater where all of the world's most famous characters - Ophelia, Ariel, Romeo, Cobweb, Mustardseed & Peaseblossom, as well as thousands of others - are bound to the stage by a magical Book; a young girl named Bertie who's lived at the theater for as long as she can remember & has a mysterious past & a nebulous future; and the story of how she tries to find/make a place for herself in the world. It's fantastical, of course, and humorous, which I enjoy, but I think it was the idea of the whole thing that grabbed me the most - living on a constantly changing stage, with all the characters of myths and plays, and how that sort of life could be adventurous and enchanting, but also frightening and, even, at times, dull. I really liked how the author (Lisa Mantchev) explored all of those dimensions of the concept, and, if the idea of being able to call characters forth from a book isn't as compelling to you as it was to me, I don't really know what you're doing on Goodreads.