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Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: Sept 13, 2011
Genres: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Romance
Blurb: 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.
Characters ~ 7
Atmosphere ~ 10
Writing ~ 9
Plot ~ 10
Intrigue ~ 7
Logic ~ 10
Enjoyment ~ 8
This story has a very unique feel. The whole plot perfectly fits the mysterious circus theme. The descriptions are magical, and I’d love to really step foot into this traveling circus. The only book (well series) that I’ve read that even remotely has a similar feel is Caraval. The biggest difference for me is the characters and their lack of development in this book. I know this was most likely intentional to fit the very shady atmosphere, but it’s also that one thing that keeps this story from being outstanding for me. But, overall it was still a very intriguing and entertaining read for me.
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Have you read The Night Circus? What did you think if you did? If not, are you planning to? I really enjoy books that have unique atmospheres. Do you have any suggestions?