Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bookanista Review: So Silver Bright, by Lisa Mantchev--AND A GIVEAWAY!!!!

I know my Bookanista Reviews are usually for upcoming releases, but today we're doing something a little bit different. The book I'm featuring today actually came out this week--so you can run out and get your copy NOW if you want!!!!

Or, you can try to win it here. Either way, you want to read this one. Trust me: SO SILVER BRIGHT, by Lisa Mantchev, is AWESOME!

But first--check out the GORGEOUS cover:

(I swear I want to frame this and hang it in my loft)

And here's how the publisher describes it:

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.

In case you don't already know, this is the third and final book in the Theatre Illuminata trilogy (which includes EYES LIKE STARS and PERCHANCE TO DREAM)--one of my favorite series. So yes, I had HUGE expectations for this book. And it... did and didn't meet them--but in a good way, I promise.

See, what I love about this series is that it's different. It's truly unlike anything else I've found. So I shouldn't have been surprised that when it came time for Lisa to wrap up the trilogy, she didn't play by any rules or conventions. She wrapped things up her way--and in the way that really does make sense for the series. Were there some unexpected twists? Oh, you betcha. But with this series I shouldn't have expected anything less. 

It's hard to say more about it without giving anything away--and I do not want to spoil it for any of you. So I'm just going to say, if you're a fan of this series, pick up a copy. You NEED to see how it all ends. And if you haven't tried the other books in this trilogy, get thee to the library or bookstore and see what you've been missing out on. 

And because I love the book so much, I'm giving away a hardcover copy of SO SILVER BRIGHT to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, September 17th. (another quick contest--but I'm traveling next weekend so I won't be around to pick winners). I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, September 18th. International entries welcome.

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

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Scott Tracey is on board for Starship Academy
Christine Fonseca  is transformed by Shifting
LiLa Roecker  celebrates Something Like Hope
Beth Revis shouts about The Name of the Star
Shana Silver loves Lola and the Boy Next Door
Carolina Valdez Miller goes gaga for Glow and Shifting – with giveaway
Sarah Frances Hardy adores Birdie’s Big Girl Dress
Stasia Ward Kehoe takes a fancy to Fracture
Rosemary Clement Moore is distracted by Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences


  1. I follow GFC

    The cover for that book really is amazing. I am a cover fanatic.


  2. Yes, the F&F art dept is particularly talented when it comes to covers. I loaned out Eyes Like Stars to someone and never got it back, so now Ima go buy it again and get caught up on this fabulous trilogy. Thanks for the great post! :)

  3. Gorgeous cover! I love the sound of this and can't wait to start the series.

    Thanks for the chance :-)

  4. I'd love to win. I've heard great things about this. I'd definitely read the first two books in the series, which I need to do anyway. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I love this series! Its so original and beautifully written. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I would love to read this, it sounds really good.
    I am a gfc follower

  7. I want to read that book, judging by its cover...
    No, seriously. Really gorgeous cover!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like something I would love

    Giselle Cormier
    cormier.giselle at gmail dot com

    I have a giveaway for Shatter Me on my blog if you're interested.

    Xpresso Reads

  9. Very beautiful cover! Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  10. It's so gorgeus! :3

    I'm a GFC follower (Meli ^^ or check it here

    Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  11. I love those little faeries on the cover.

  12. I would love to read this book!The cover is absolutely gorgeous!

    I'm a GFC follower-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  13. I agree with everyone else..the cover is gorgeous! The series must be one of the only ones that is so consistant with the covers, and i know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover but lets face it we all do:P
    Thank you for the giveaway. Judging by what you think of the series, i would love a copy:)

  14. I'd love to play please.

    GFC follower.


  15. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  16. I'm a follower.
    Would love to win this :)


  17. How could I not have read any of these yet?! And that cover is TRULY spectacular! Thanks for reviewing this one, Shannon. :-)

  18. Thanks for doing this giveaway , I was at the virtual Release for it Tuesday , (I was the one swinging from the chandelier) wasnt able to grab a copy though , I do Love the cover , it's beautiful. I think it'll be a great book to read !!
    Crystal Trent Dotson

  19. Truly awesome books, especially if you're a fan of the stage, particularly Shakespeare. Unbelievably imaginative and dead on about there being nothing else like them out there.

  20. I'm excited to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. My daughter squealed when I showed her your post. She loves this series. I've yet to try it, but I need a literary vacation, so maybe I'll try them as well. I do love her covers.

  22. Omg, that cover looks stunning! :) Thank you for this giveaway. Would love to win this book. <3
    Love, Carina ~

  23. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!
    GFC- audreyclair

  24. Thanks for the giveaway ;D
    I'm a follower.
    Would love to win this book:)

    ~love Mellysa

  25. Interesting cover.. thanks for this giveaway :)
    GFC: Arianne Cruz

  26. I would love to win this book thanks for the giveaway.
    I am a follower: hernameisavril

  27. Thanks again!
    GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  28. I can't wait to read this book! I love this series. :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I follow via GFC. :)

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  30. The cover is enough to convince me to read this, but the story sounds great too. I've really been wanting to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I loved the first two in the series, so I can't wait to read this one! The cover is so pretty. :)

  32. this series is great, I'm totally in love with it and I've heard it's going to be traslated into my language! yay! But anyway, I've read the first two and fell in love with it, so count me in!

  33. I LOVE the cover, and I love the series. Can't wait to read So Silver Bright!

  34. Do I have a chance? Thanks for the give away. This sounds like a great read. If I win will definitely pick up the other two in the series.

  35. Anime type covers always suck me in! Looks gorgeous, would love to win!

    Sahina Bibi


  36. I love the concept of these books. And I don't usually go for the anime-cover look, but I do really love these covers. I'm not sure why, but they are very attractive covers. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gabi - GFC follower - teddycavygal AT yahoo DOT com

  37. I just started this series and am in love with the covers, gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win, crossing fingers

    GFC follower


  38. I have to agree with you, the cover is amazing! Nearly finished the first book and I would love to get the chance to read the second one :)
    Thank you for the opportunity ^^

    GFC Follower
    trunghiep61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Thanks again & hope you have an enjoyable time on your travels~!^^

  39. Definitely count me in, that cover is too beautiful to resist! Thanks for the review and giveaway, Shannon!

  40. I'd love to read this one!

    GFC: Amanda

  41. I have the first two! I love these books and would love this one forever and ever and ever...Thank you for the awesome contest! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  42. That's really a beautiful cover and the books are awesome
    Hope i win

  43. yay, thanks for the contest :)


  44. I need to pick up this series again! The covers are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  46. Sounds like a wonderful book. I just love the cover. Please enter me. Thanks!

    GFC Follower(Anita Yancey)


  47. That is a beautiful cover. Sounds like a great book too! Count me in please.


  48. How do you do SO many giveaways? You're amazing!

    sarah.nicolas.ya at gmail dot com

  49. Sounds like a great story, and the cover is stunning. I can totally see why you'd like to frame it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  50. I'm in for the giveaway, and I'm a follower. Anything Shakespeare is good by me. It sounds like a great book.


  51. Sign me up! This series sounds fabulous, as Tiny Cooper would say! ;)

  52. I love this series!! Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    ajiehuang1997 AT gmail DOT com

  53. I have the first two books - it will be great to add the last one to the collection!


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