Review: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

Title: Perchance to Dream
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pub. Date: 5.25.10
Genre: Fantasy YA
Keywords: Theatre, Shakespeare, Fairies, Love, Family, Adventure, Magic
Pages: 384
Description (from GoodReads):
The stuff that dreams are made on.

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 determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.
Enter BERTIE AND COMPANY
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. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre’s caravan, using Bertie’s word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie’s father—and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. 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?


I love so many things about Lisa Mantchev’s novels. The settings and characters are imaginative, colorful, and undeniably fun. Both EYES LIKE STARS and PERCHANCE TO DREAM are gorgeous novels, inside and out.
 
I am definitely Team Nate, so the parts of the novel where Bertie’s relationship and love for Ariel deepens was complete torture. I don’t think I’ve ever been so unsure of a character as I am with Bertie; I really have no clue who she’ll choose. And I can’t help but hope, that if she doesn’t pick Nate, that she’ll decide to choose neither. I don’t know what it is about Ariel, but I just loathe the thought of her being with him. I think Ariel is a bit too pretty for my tastes. I feel like Nate genuinely loves Bertie, while her relationship with Ariel is based more on lust. I’ll never understand you, Team Ariel.
 
Bertie learns more about her role as Mistress of Revels and Teller of Tales and her magical word-related abilities in PTD. The mishaps that occur due to sloppy word choice were entertaining and redefined the importance of choosing your words wisely.


The fairies provided many hilarious lines and situations… as well as a growling stomach with all their talk of scrumptious treats.


The ending of PTD left me a bit disappointed and anxious for the next installment. I can’t say too much without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it yet, but it simply didn’t satify me. I’m confident that Mantchev will resolve the issues in the next novel, but I’m too impatient to wait!


Grade: B+


Cover Notes:
I always look forward to seeing the cover art for the Theatre Illuminata books because they are always stunning!

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What team are YOU? And if you’ve read PERCHANCE TO DREAM, what did you think of the ending?

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8 thoughts on “Review: Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

  1. I'm team Switzerland. I literally cannot decide. I guess I lean a little bit more towards team Nate, but I think Ariel does care for Bertie so I get all confused. :/ The ending killed me as well. I was just kind of like "WAH?!" Guess I'll just have to be patient. Lol.

  2. Glad you liked this one! I did too. And I agree, I'm Team Nate as well, though I think I like Ariel more than you do! Lol. And I know what you mean about Bertie being unpredictable. I really don't know who she'll pick either, but I think that's one of the reasons I like the books so much! 🙂

  3. I loved eyes like stars and started PTD and am now super excited to see this crazy ending!! I agree with Ky and Sara, the blogger. Im leaning more towards team Nate because he and Bertie connected so much in the first book, and yes, Ariel is a bit too fabulous and kind of a jerk, i honestly think he might be hiding something. And i agree that Ariel and Bertie's relationship isn't as true and her and Nate's. But she can choose who she wants! 🙂

  4. Nice review.I have to say that im Team Ariel.not only because I love the Tempest but because I feel that Nate and Birties relationship is more of a brotherly type. I mean come on she without any thought in the first book tells him to take a bath with her.And Ariel has done so much more for her! And when he finds out that when she said "I love you" it was not meant for him I felt soooo sorry for him =(And he loved her from when she was a little kid. Where was Nate? How did they meet? Maybe she will tell us in the next book.

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