The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: Doubleday
Publisher: September 13, 2011
Pages: 400

The 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.

Celeste put The Night Circus on her 2nd shelf.

Celeste’s review: What a fabulous read!  It was different than so many things I’ve read before. The author has a way with words that actually brings you to the circus. Not only could I imagine every detail of all the black and white tents, but the smells of a crisp autumn evening, and the tastes of all the circus treats to go along with it. This story had twists and turns, heartbreak and romance. It was quite the journey!

In the beginning I was a little confused with all stories lines going on…..but before long they all tied together and I wasn’t sure what scenes and characters I wanted each chapter to be about since everyone was near and dear to me.  I honestly don’t know who I liked best, I truly loved and was fascinated by so many of the characters; from Marco to Celia, from Bailey to Poppet, from the man in the grey suit to Prospero, and even Kiko. SO many characters to know and love.

This is a story about a competition that lasts for years between two magicians who use two children, Marco and Celia, as pawns in their game, a game in which the outcome is not clear for a long time.  I had so many questions along the way, just as Marco and Celia did.  But that is what made you feel their pain and keep turning the pages. It seemed so cruel and heartless that they were caught up in the web of the game with no way out and no explanation. They were absolutely trapped but tried to make the best of the situation. I felt their sadness, their frustration, and of course their love. By the end I got answers, but not in the way I would have expected, which I loved!  If you are looking for a refreshing book with an ending you won’t expect you should absolutley check out The Night Circus.

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  1. Christina2227 says:

    I’m currently reading this, but your review just made me more anxious to plow through it. :)


  2. Oh! This is on my “to read” list. Will I be abe to get over the circus setting? I am not a huge fan…

    • lol, YES. it is more about magic and the competition. The circus setting was not your typical circus at all. It is unlike any circus ever before. Give it a go :)

  3. Another book for my list! Thanks Celeste!

  4. I am currently reading it and although I read mix reviews before some very negative, I am finding myself in love with the writing and just want the story to take is course, will let you know if I am still loving it by the end 😉 thanks for the review

  5. After reading your review, I have added this to my wish list and to read list. These reviews are nice beause they give me a chance to learn of books I would like to read that I may not have known about.


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