The Night Circus

Reviewed by Melanie on August 7, 2017

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In a game where if some one else wins, everyone else loses, it’s difficult to choose a side. When the game contains every one you care about, you can’t sit on the sidelines. You have to fight to keep your loved ones safe, even if it means literally ripping yourself to pieces. Marco and Celia have been trapped in this game for most of their lives.

I had seen The Night Circus in my social media groups a lot. Target had a book sale and it was one of the first books in my cart. When I began the book, I was hooked by page five. I didn’t get to read for a few days and it stole the magic from the story. I spent a few more days trying to recapture the magic that pulled me in, and then devoured the rest of the story.

I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the beautiful imagery and descriptions found throughout the book, there are many other reviews that already do this. I do want to say that the world is written in south a way that you will smell the popcorn, you will crave a chocolate mouse, and you will shiver in the Ice Garden. The descriptions are wonderful and brought the circus to life for me.

The story takes off in a hurry but lulls a bit through the middle. I loved the characters but felt like their storylines were easily predicted with foreshadowing. I realized how the game would end long before the end of the book. Marco and Celia’s relationship is beautifully developed and I feel like the ending was only appropriate to satisfy the story.

I enjoyed the book very much and loved the overall ending. I like that it left an opening for a sequel, but tied up all the loose ends. Due to it’s age, I doubt we’ll visit The Night Circus again unless through re-reading. At over 500 pages it is not a fast read, but is definitely a good one.

The Night Circus Book Cover The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Historical
Anchor
July 3, 2012
Paperback

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.

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