Review: PERCHANCE TO DREAM by Lisa Mantchev

 

” ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged,’ Mustardseed said, flying in lazy loops like an intoxicated bumblebee, ‘that a fairy in possession of a good appetite must be in want of pie.’ ”

Best opening line ever. You may beg to differ, but how can one not resist the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, first brought to life by Shakespeare, then given an injection of technicolor quirkiness in Mantchev’s Eyes Like Stars. And I must say, I loved Perchance to Dream even more than the first book. You’re probably wondering if you will, too. So, do you like…

…adorably rude fairies who randomly quote Shakespeare and any other play that pops into their little minds (oh, the intertextuality)?

…a no-nonsense young lady with a fab wardrobe, a quick wit, and an even quicker quill (which grants her considerable power)?

…a smoldering silver-haired air spirit and/or charmingly gruff, well-muscled pirate boy (I’m on Team Ariel, and plan to steal him all for myself)?

…a journey through fantastical lands with a caravan of quirky characters and then a troupe inspired by Cirque du Soleil (pretty, pretty descriptions)?

If you answered yes to more than one of those questions, I think that seals the deal. Go read Perchance to Dream. Yes, you may have minor quibbles with the story–I spent a fair portion of the book grumbling at Bertie to make a particular decision, but then of course if she did what I wanted her to, the plot would be derailed. Nevertheless, I’m expecting satisfaction from the third book in the series, So Silver Bright.

I was lucky enough to have an ARC of Perchance to Dream sent to me by the author herself, and I’m happy to have savored this literary treat before its official release date of May 25. For those who must wait, it’s worth it.