Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream

Book - 2011
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Bertie, who is blessed with word magic, and her fairy sidekicks, seek to save Nate, who has been kidnapped by the Sea Witch, but Bertie is torn between Nate and Ariel, an air spirit who loves Bertie enough to die for her.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2011
Edition: First Square Fish edition
ISBN: 9780312675103
0312675100
Branch Call Number: YA MANTCHE
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev (book #2 of the Theater Illuminata series)
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 8/22/2012.

This is the second book in the Theatre Illuminata series (The first book is entitled Eyes Like Stars.) and is a continuation of Bertie Shakespeare Smith’s story started in the first book. She’s on the hunt for her lost love, Nate, a pirate from the Little Mermaid play who was stolen by the Sea Goddess Sedna. She is also looking for the father she’s never known. She promised her mother, Ophelia, she would bring him back to the Theatre with her, where every character from every play that’s ever been written is trapped by magic. The only way to leave the Theatre is to tear out the entrance page of a character. This is how she and the air spirit, Ariel, from William Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream leave to find Nate and her father. Accompanying them on their trip are the four abnoxious fairies, also from A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. These four have nothing on their mind except eating pie and causing trouble, be it on their own mini traveling stage, or crashing a wedding party and falling in love with the sugar-made groom on top of the once beautiful wedding cake.

I love this series! And I think the main reason why I love it is because of the four fairies: Peaseblossom, Moth, Cobweb, and Mustardseed. They are so hilarious I was laughing so hard I cried. I just can’t get enough of their antics. The other thing I like about this series is it’s uniqueness. It’s a magical realm in the land of the theater with characters that most people know from Shakespeare. She brings a new light to his (and other) plays, so that the reader can enjoy these charactera and will perhaps want to go back and reread Shakespeare’s work. There were only two things I didn’t like about this particular book. The first was that some of the magic and the reasons why Bertie had to do what she did, didn’t make much sense, though I’m hoping this will be cleared up in the next book. And the other was that I missed the four fairies as Bertie left them behind for awhile in her quest to find Nate. So in those two senses, the first book was even better than the second, but don’t at all let that dissuade you from reading this one too. I still enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, So Silver Bright.

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billybee11
Aug 24, 2013

Amazing,if possible even better then the first one. I can't wait to read the third one.

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PatrickDavies
Jan 22, 2013

Late to the party as usall, but i read the first book yesterday and today and it was a-uu-m-aaa-zz-ing! Bravo indeed!

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Chelseyknipe1
Oct 03, 2012

NEED THE THIRD NOW!

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julia_sedai
Oct 29, 2011

Loved this book!! I can't wait to read the 3rd one! The library doesn't have it yet.

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mpot
Sep 27, 2010

2nd in a series-I sure wish they'd let you know up front. The story started right in where the first ended and I had no idea what was going on.

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GiuliaMT
Aug 09, 2012

"Misbehaviour is part of my charm." p.6 Ariel

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mwong
Jul 22, 2012

"we are such stuff as dreams are made on."

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BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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