Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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Goodreads Summary:

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 Reves,” 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 per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

My Review

Welcome to the world of The Night Circus, where nothing is as it seems and two young magicians compete in a competition unlike any other. This strange circus has a life of its own and binds the lives of its performers to it. Everyone is connected, but only few truly know the real purpose of the events within.

This book was unlike any I have ever read before. The entire concept was new and different and pulled me in from the very start. The story follows multiple POV’s and jumps back in forth in time throughout. Some chapters were in the distant future, some in the past, few of them were actually in order, and few chapters ever had the same POV for more than one chapter at a time. It most certainly had a style all its own. Of course that’s what made it all the more intriguing going in to it.

The story’s main focus is centered around Celia and Marco (the two competitors). Since the book covered such a huge time span, I was able to experience the two magicians develop as enchanters and as adults. They both had significant ways of performing magic, and reading about the ways in which they used their magic to meld the circus was gripping . The circus had this mystery that made me wish I could be there and see it’s wonder. Morgenstern definitely did a wonderful job of creating the setting of the circus and making me visualize each tent and act.

Though the book description makes it appear as if The Night Circus has romance, it really doesn’t have much of it at all, which is something I was more disappointed in. Celia and Marco’s relationship is pretty abrupt and almost a little out of context. I didn’t feel like I got to actually see it develop. Sure there were a few cute moments between them, but that was about it. And as their competition grew deeper, I was expecting more of an exciting climax, but I didn’t receive one in the slightest. There was just sort of a pleasant ending, but not one to leave me on the edge of my seat. In fact, there wasn’t much plot movement to get me going at all. Some parts of the story seemed drag, and not much happened in the way of significant events to have me glued to the pages. Not to mention, there were a few parts that were never made clear and that was aggravating.

Overall, the mystery and charm of the Night Circus allowed me to see the story through to the end. The context of the book was super different, and the magical elements were riveting, but I would have liked a faster paced plot and a more substantial relationship formed between the two main characters.

You can buy The Night Circus anywhere that sells books or on Amazon here.

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