The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: 9/13/11
Published by Double Day
Genre(s): Magic, Mystery
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MY RATING: 4 STARS
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
The Night Circus was definitely one of the most descriptive reads I have ever read. Throughout the entirety of the book, I could practically taste the food being described and see the magic in my mind as clear as day. Everything within The Night Circus was just splendid. The writing was fantastic. As I said before, the writing was descriptive and full. I honestly didn’t expect the writing to be so amazing, but it was. With descriptive words, Morgenstern has a way with weaving together an intricate mystery within her words.
Celia, one of the main characters of the The Night Circus was definitely the type of character that I loved. She was full of mystery and magic, as I was reading, I could imagine the air she held as her character told the story. Marco, our other main character and love interest is a different story. Though he is a charming character, he holds what seemed like more of a boyish and less confident aura. I very much enjoyed reading about these characters.
The plot of The Night Circus is one that captivates your attention. Slow at times but slow in such a way that creates a unique tension keeping the reader captivated and wanting to know what happens next. Personally, I felt that though the plot was engaging, there were times when I felt very lost. Throughout the book there are several time jumps which for me, while I read, it definitely created some confusion. Especially regarding the relationship between Marco and Celia.
I severely underestimated how great The Night Circus would be. It was definitely unlike any book I have ever read. A unique aspect that occurred throughout the novel was the 2nd person point of view chapters. Typically I find books that have these types of chapters to be annoying, in this case it worked. It worked fantastically, I looked forward to these chapters. I highly recommend The Night Circus to readers who love a dark mystery hinted with romance.