#811: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Review

What can I say about The Night Circus? Let’s start with this – I WANT MORE. Why did the story have to end? WHY? I just want to immerse myself within the book and become one with it. I want to rub the pages all over my face!

Ok, maybe that’s going too far, but I really loved it. If you didn’t figure that out already. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading The Night Circus. The synopsis is vague enough (at least with my copy) to leave you wondering and naturally my curiosity always gets the better of me. Couple the vagueness with how other readers have not been able to explain the story to me and I just…

I love how it’s written. I love how the separate stories set in separate years culminate and work so perfectly to become a great cohesive whole.

I don’t want to say too much though. I would rather other readers delve into the pages with the same amount of curiosity and mystery I encountered.

I will say the characters are great, the descriptions are sublime, and the narrative itself is riveting. I’m smitten with everything. The fantastical elements, the idea of the challenge, the venue, just… I want the circus. I want to be a patron and be a part of it.

Erin Morgenstern’s writing not only helps you to imagine every scene with great detail, but it makes you feel. I was completely swept away. There’s a love and fascination within the pages, heartbreak and despair, bringing about a depth of human emotions amongst the characters. I needed to have time out when I finished reading not only to accept the story had ended, but to also process all the emotions the story evoked in me.

What can I read after this now? What on earth can I follow The Night Circus with when I was so captivated by everything about it?

If you are yet to read The Night Circus, I suggest making it the next book you pick up. Get it. GET IT NOW.

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