- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Sept. 13 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312380984
- ISBN-13: 978-0312380984
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 21.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
So Silver Bright Hardcover – Sep 13 2011
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“...fans of the series will find even more of what they loved in this book: the surrealistic imagery; the witty wordplay and literary allusions; and favorite characters...” ―School Library Journal
About the Author
Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including Perchance to Dream and Eyes Like Stars. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. She won the Chancellor's Award For Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program. After graduation, she taught English at the Lycée Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for Winter and Spring productions, she wrote fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007. Mantchev makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amélie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun.See all Product description
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I find myself almost at a loss for words for describing how I feel about this book. It is like a work of art with the rich details and the beautiful language I could easily get lost in. Beatrice's world revolves around Shakespeare quite frequently and this book flows almost like one of his plays would. It is impossible to read the book quickly, because if you do, you will miss a vital clue or character development. Lisa has written a story that forces you to slow down and soak in every detail of the fascinating world she has created.
As for the love triangle in this book, it is the one and only time I have not had a problem with there being two male love interests. Bertie has formed friendships with both Nate and Ariel and her heart yearns for both of them for different reasons. She is on the path to self-discovery and both of the men fill different places in her heart. It is not until she discovers who she truly is and what she wants out of life that she can choose one of them to stay by her side. I have gone back and forth between Ariel and Nate throughout the books and never quite knew which one I was hoping would win out. While reading So Silver Bright though, my heart went out to Nate with his ability to love so fully and his generous personality. He does not want to control Bertie or tell her what to do, he just wants to stand next to her wherever she goes and be her partner. I admired him for finally easing up on Bertie and that is what kept me in his corner in this book. Ariel is still a great guy, but his heart is torn between Bertie and his freedom from everything. I also did not like the fact that he always seemed to abandon her when she needed him most. I was hoping he might come around, but Ariel lost me in this book and I was not sure where his love of freedom would lead him. You are going to have to read the book to find out the answer to that though, and the answer to who ends up with Bertie as well. ;)
As always, the fairies supply and abundance of comic relief in tense situations and had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions. They are bottomless pits for sugar, constantly bickering with each other over everything, but they love Bertie fiercely and their undying loyalty for her was admirable. These stories would not be complete without these crazy fairies flying around in search of sweets and telling jokes. I love that Lisa has written such fantastic secondary characters that not only add an interesting element to the story, but are also very memorable and lovable. While that is true of all the secondary characters in this novel, the fairies just happen to be my personal favorite.
By the time we come to the climax of the story I was just as emotionally drained as Bertie was and found my eyes welling up with tears as her fate unraveled. Lisa concluded all the events so beautifully; I could not help but get attached to every character and invested my whole heart into their stories. Overall, this series is just fantastic and by far one of my favorite in the young adult world. I have never seen a world like the one Lisa has created and I am sorry to see it come to a close, but "all good things, must come to an end" and Lisa has ended it perfectly. It is a tale that will stay with me long after the final curtain goes down and one I will miss dearly. If you are a fan of plays, poetry, Shakespeare and magic, than this is a series you cannot miss.
If you haven't read the rest of this series, you need to go pick it up right this minute, and read it without stopping. the world Lisa Mantchev has built with the Theatre Illuminata is intoxicating.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll go to Shakespeare and read the source material. You'll wish the fairies from Midsummer Night's Dream would follow you around. you'll contemplate dying your hair black and blue. you'll quote well more than half the text on your kindle and all the people in your feed will wonder if you've lost your mind, or taken up plagiarism as a hobby.
You will cry and cry and cry at the end (or maybe that was just me), because the end is SO. GOOD., and because this is the last book in the series. I didn't realize that, then Ms Mantchev tweeted something about it being the last one. I am going to immediately start a petition to send to Feiwel and Friends to get more of these books. Even if Bertie wants to set off adventuring, I want to know who else is in the theater.
Does anyone know where I can get these signed? I actually took the trouble to run down hard copies of all three, and feel they would benefit from a signature. as you'll discover, words are important.
for those of you who are women in a certain age group, I will leave you with a Tweet quote (favorited from my feed) from Lisa Mantchev: "I keep watching for Jareth-Bowie to show up in the not new WIP, At the very least, I am owed some Muppets. #revising."
Be advised: this technically a YA book. For the purposes of this series, you are now YA.
At first, let me just say that in this story, although there is the 'typical' love triangle, this one is atypical. Both of the male character will grab you by the heart, but for different reasons. Unlike most everyone else I've met who's read these, I ship team Nate (pun intended). I was completely ok with the end of the novel, and I have to say that I feel like Bertie showed how much she loved both men. I cried like a baby (I won't lie)
Bertie herself is a magnificent character, and is so easy to relate to; she has the feelings and heartbreaks of any young girl, and yet she is an heroine who can actually take care of herself, which is refreshing, but is also refreshing because she's not another Rose Hathaway Wannabee (And those are becoming over cast now).
Might I also add, that the book store in my town does not sell this book. After reading the first one (which they carried) I discovered that because it didn't sell well, I would have to make a 40 minute drive to the next book store to special order it (I didn't have a credit card at the time). And, this story captured me so strongly, that I did. And then, ordered the third one online. I hunted down and have anxiously awaited the release of this, and all I have to say is:
If you are thinking about reading it, please PLEASE do yourself a favor, and DO IT!