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Review: The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern - The Night Circus

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.

This is one of those books that I really don’t know how to review, so I figured the best thing to do would be to give you a handy list of why I loved this book. So, here’s introducing

Reasons Why I Loved The Night Circus

  1. The writing is spectacular. It brings the world of the night circus into life and it’s so easy to imagine. I felt like I was right in the middle of all of the action with the characters and I couldn’t get enough of the descriptions of the circus.
  2. Some of the book is written in second person. It’s awesome. That’s one of the reasons why it feels so real sometimes. You genuinely feel like you’re standing in the middle of a magical circus while you read the book.
  3. The book has this whole mysterious game going on between the the two main characters. Except almost nobody knows what this game is, and discovering more is a huge part of the book. It also gets kind of stressful as you begin to worry about what’s going to happen to these two characters.
  4. Talking of characters, Celia and Marco are perfect for each other. My favourite parts (apart from the descriptions) were definitely the moments between Celia and Marco. Their magic and the way they used it differently was fascinating, and their connection was so real.
  5. Thinking about it, I actually had some other favourite parts. The bits with Poppet and Bailey. They were so adorable, and the time they spent together was very cute. What I really liked about this book was the way each of the characters discovered different parts of the circus, and the way the different sections ended up connecting together in the end.

This is one of the books which you can’t help fall in love with. The writing is absolutely magical and the characters are unforgettable. Honestly, I wanted to climb inside this book to experience the world that Erin Morgenstern had created because it is breathtaking. And that is why you really need to go and read this book if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.


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