Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

nightcircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 387
Price: $11.88

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

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 performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Let me start out by saying that this was such a unique book. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it; there were a lot of different characters and the times switched back and forth so that made it difficult to follow at times. Besides this though, I really enjoyed it. The book was playful and so imaginative that while the characters were challenging themselves to use their imagination, you as the reader, also have to challenge yourself to imagine all that they are imagining and creating. I loved Marco and Celia, they were amazing characters with so much passion for what they were capable of doing. They also shared such a deep passion and devotion to one another that it was such a stunning and beautifully captivating story. I hope Morgenstern writes more!

Rating: 4 Stars

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