What: So Silver Bright
When: September 13th, 2011
Where: Feiwel & Friends
Why: Series Love
How: For Review
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she’s close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family – and the Theatre Illuminata – from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate.
The series finale of Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy was everything I expected it to me: fun, beautiful, and enchanting!
You will cry like a baby reading the end of this book guys. Lisa takes us through Beatrice's final journey trying to discover herself, her family, and what she's going to do with her life now that she's discovered so many things about her past (and her increasing complicated relationship with both Nate and Ariel.)
Lisa has a writing style that is so beautiful and has an air of magic even about it that blends perfectly with the plot! Each of her characters are lovable, funny, and no one can write a sweet (and bittersweet in some days) ending like she can. The faeries that hang out with Bertie from A Midsummer Night's Dream are all hilarious and obsessed with food and provide comedic relief to any sad or hopeless situation! Bertie is a wonderful heroine: headstrong and stubborn, but not always brave. Sometimes she doesn't know what she's doing with herself, and that subtle vulnerability is always so realistic in a character, especially with a life as complicated as hers. Out of everything in this trilogy, I still find her parent's story to the saddest out of all of it and I loved hearing even more about it in this book than in Perchance to Dream.
And then we have our two love interests, which i'll briefly speak about because I don't want to give away who she chooses, of course! Ariel was lovely and ethereal as always. I've loved him since the beginning, because he is gentle in the way he pushes Bertie to think outside the box and discover more of herself than she would've been able to do alone. And then there's Nate, who is charming but I can never seem to like him. Maybe it's just because Lisa writes his pirate accent phonetically, so when he talks it's like: "Ay, lass, you nee' be careful of what ye do." Or something like that. And it irritated me SO MUCH. Plus, I didn't like how he often portrayed Bertie as someone who was a "damsel in distress" when she was strong!
Overall, this series is amazing and i'm sad to see it end!