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Book Title: So Silver Bright|
The author of the book: Lisa Mantchev
Edition: Square Fish
Date of issue: May 22nd 2012
ISBN 13: 9781250004857
Format files: PDF
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I am upset that the Théâtre Illuminata has come to a close. I’m so upset, I could throw an apple at a Charmeleon.
...Moving on, finishing this trilogy gave me many emotions. I just wanted to run away and not finish it because then...well, I’d be finished! Finished with Bertie, finished with Ariel, the fairies, the Théâtre Illuminata. I don’t want to leave this magic.
And IIIIIIIIIIIIII...will always loooove youuuuuu!
For the first time since My Sister’s Keeper, I was violently crying. I teared for Peter Pan, this is true, but So Silver Bright just broke me all together. I couldn’t find my damn tissues, and I couldn’t leave my room being that it was 2AM and my parents would yell at me for still being awake and ask, “The hell are you crying for?” They get weird ideas so it was better to stray away from them.
Lisa Mantchev has finally hit her grand slam. Not that the other two books of this series were bad, no no no, but here, in So Silver Bright, it was just so well done. It wraps up the series so nicely and we get all the answers and magic is everything and everywhere and there are so many wonderful characters and I will make a run on sentence if I want to. Oh golly have I ever gushed about a book before? It’s possible, but I am fully aware of announcing my love for Lisa Mantchev and her works (hopefully I’ll get to see Lionel Coulston in her upcoming novel. *winkwinkMantchevwinkwink*).
Enough fangirling though, let’s get to the meat and taters of the review.
Bertie Shakespeare Smith just punched Sedna in the face and escaped from her underwater lair. Oh ho ho, but there is no time for resting, as Bertie and Company are invited to Her Gracious Majesty’s Birthday Extravanganza! While Bertie must prepare for the show, she’ll finally learn about the holes in her family’s plot, stop Sedna at last, and figure out who she really is...oh and pick a boy but thankfully that isn’t taken into the mainstream plot. YES, MANTCHEV! THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE! I love you.
Following Her Admiration for Originality:
A Breakdown starring Ghirardelli, her equally popular brother, Hershey, and not-as-popular sister Gertrude Hawk
Let us begin with the usual: the writing.
I think Lisa Mantchev takes her inspiration from the lovely plays and stories she references. This inspiration being the writing of a sort of logic that doesn’t pale in comparison with other styles. The particular logic she follows is what I’ve named Peter Pan Logic.
This happens where there is a moment that is described as ludicrous and completely illogical, but it completely fits the universe that’s been built, and so it makes sense anyway and it’s okay. An example would be Bertie when she is literally crying stars. Stars are falling out of her eyes and rolling down her dress. Peter Pan did this a shit ton, which is why I name the idea after it. Now fantasy as...different as this may not float some people’s boats, but I beg thee to just go with the flow.
And because I did such a thing specifically for So Silver Bright, I think I enjoyed this installment so much more than the previous two. Lisa Mantchev also has a way with her words. She is very poetic, but it doesn’t come off as purple to me for whatever reason. The way she warps her phrases and gets us into Bertie’s head just gets me so good. I really want to write like this some day. I can’t do poetic shit to save me life, but after reading a few more wonders like this book, maybe I have a chance to practice and get it done.
But in short, Lisa Mantchev knows how to write and knows what is important. Like keeping to character development! AND CLOSURE. I can’t remember the last ending book I read that had perfect character closure. But let us move on to these characters.
BERTIE SHAKESPEARE SMITH
Bertie Smith. She is such a badass. This is a girl who loves her two interests equally. She is distraught about them, but she doesn’t play them off each other. She isn’t making them fight over her, she isn’t playing hard to get. What she IS doing about them is letting them be. She is focusing on her family matters and Sedna’s death wish.
Her wordmagic is probably my favorite thing about her, because it’s not some deus ex machina. It’s hard work to master (which is obviously mastered by this end), but seriously, every time Bertie would tell her tales, use her words to help others, I just sat in wonder.
Such beauty! Such wonderful imagery! Such SUBSTANCE! Sparkles everywhere! It was glorious to get fabulous images into my head, and as vivid as Barker’s writing, too! Oh Bertie was so wonderful. She defended herself so much, and was never needing her hot dudes to help her out. She BROKE A DUDE’S NOSE without hesitation. Bertie are you amazing, or are you amazing?!
I think the best part about Bertie was that independence. Though she was distraught about her suitors, she did not let that overwhelm her duty to help her family come back together. THE PLOT CAME FIRST AND I WAS SO THANKFUL FOR IT!
I love Ariel. I will always love Ariel. And you can’t stop me from loving Ariel. Ariel, like Nate in Perchance to Dream, had an absence in this book, but I’m glad that it didn’t stop Bertie from thinking about him.
I was MORE than upset that he wasn’t around as much as I was hoping but the way his character closure went was fucking perfect. Perfect. There was nothing wrong about it.
It was the absolute best end to his arc and I honestly can’t see it any other way. Well done, Mantchev.
Nate was also a lot easier to handle in this book. I do like him, honest! It’s just that I never saw his chemistry with Bertie to be anything more than brotherly. And he was referred to by everyone as Bertie’s hound anyway. Kinda sad if you ask me, but Nate got better throughout this book and I was happy to see the change.
THE FAIRIES were more enjoyable (to me) in this book. They even made fun of the love triangle phenomenon including Bertie’s. Mantchev, you deserve a medal for that.
I also love the new characters introduced: Varvara (who still reminds me of Volvagia as a flare dancer) and Her Gracious Majesty, the Queen. The Queen was quirky and though she existed for two scenes TOPS, I loved her. She had this interesting twist to her that made me say, "HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT! Awesome!" Same with Varvara, except she was around more.
I plan to do an artist interpretation someday because I LOVED her description in this book. It was stunning.
It was perfectly cut in a pretty structure! I also enjoyed the symbolism of the four elements written into the story. I was nervous that it’d turn AtLA on me, but it didn’t. It was awesome. I plan to go back and reread Eyes Like Stars and see it all back in there. The beginning climax was nice, that middle climax got me reeling, and that finale just caught me off guard and brought me to tears. Oh god tears forever. If I say more I will spoil. And I don’t even want to put the little spoiler tags. Here’s some gifs instead with appropriate thoughts attached.
"Hold the fuck up. What's that. What is happeni-"
“DON’T YOU DO THIS TO ME! STOP BREAKING MY HEART!”
“Sadness forever. SADNESS FOREVER.”
Overall, this book is die hard original and it breaks my heart to see it hiding about so lonely like. GUYS, THIS IS MAGIC. Pure magic! It is whimsical, beautiful! There are lovable characters, hilarious moments, beautiful writing! IT IS ALL RIGHT HERE!
The first book, Eyes Like Stars, starts out decent, but the series gets better with each book. This is the best of the three and ends everyone perfectly.
Read this series.
Right fucking now.
And tell me how you like it, or don’t like it. I’m a fan of all opinions.
Lisa Mantchev has now become one of my favorite authors. <3
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Read information about the authorLisa Mantchev is a temporally-displaced Capricorn who casts her spells from an ancient tree in the Pacific Northwest. When not scribbling, she is by turns an earth elemental, English professor, actress, artist, and domestic goddess. She shares her abode with her husband, two children, and three hairy miscreant dogs.
She is best known as the author of the young adult fantasy trilogy, The Théâtre Illuminata. Published by Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan,) the series includes the Andre Norton and Mythopoeic awards-nominated EYES LIKE STARS (2009), PERCHANCE TO DREAM (2010), and SO SILVER BRIGHT (2011.) Her Kindle #1 Bestselling young adult steampunk novel, TICKER, is available from Skyscape. Her near-future young adult collaboration with Glenn Dallas, SUGAR SKULLS, is forthcoming from Skyscape.
Her adult urban fantasy collaboration with A.L. Purol, LOST ANGELES, is now available on Kindle along with its sequel, LOOSE CANON.
Her first picture book, STRICTLY NO ELEPHANTS, is now available from Paula Wiseman/S&S, to be followed by SISTER DAY! and JINX AND THE DOOM FIGHT CRIME.
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