The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
Date Finished: July 18 2014
Date Published: September 13th 2011
Age Group/Genre: Adult / Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
- Story-line: I refused to read this book for almost a year. The third person present tense writing in this book really put me off. Every book, before this one, that I have read in third person present tense was not my favorite book. This one put me off especially because it was so long. My thoughts: There is no way in hell that I am going to read a book in third person present tense that is this long. Well, I ended up reading it because of the librarians at my high school. They raved about this book nonstop. I continued to refused to read this until they gave me this book as a gift for graduation. (Also, both of them told me that they wouldn’t read my favorite book ever - The Host by Stephenie Meyer - until I read this book. Challenge accepted.) So reluctantly, I picked up this book. Well…I’m glad that I read this book because it was great. It was whimsical. It was mysterious. It was unlike anything that I have ever read. Really great book.
- Character: There were SO MANY characters in this story. I really enjoyed how they all come together. My favorite characters in this book were Poppet, Widget and Bailey.
- Writing: There were times in this book that nothing was really happening, but I kept reading because the writing was amazing.
- Ending: I really wanted a little more.
- Extras: I’m really glad that I read this book :)