The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [Review] – Welcome to The Circus Of Dreams
I need to start by saying that The Night Circus is officially the best book I have read last year and I read 43 books last year, so that’s saying something. I found out about it during the Editors Buzz at this year’s BEA (Book Expo America) and I am so glad I attended because I would have never picked it up otherwise.
The Night Circus follows two young magicians, Celia and Marco who have been trained from their early childhood to participate in a duel with each other. The duel is orchestrated by two powerful magicians who have been at it for hundreds of years. However this one might turn out different when love comes in the mix. I don’t want to give too much away in terms of the story, but let’s just say that their duel involves a very mysterious circus called Le Cirque des Reves (translated The Circus of Dreams). And before I say anything more, I want to first share how the first page starts:
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Now if that doesn’t spark an interest, then this might not be a book for you. However, if you like me got tingly with excitement after reading it and can’t wait to find out what happens next, then you’re in for an amazing ride.
What is really fantastic about The Night Circus is not only its story, which in itself is really captivating and original, but the way Erin Morgenstern structured the whole book made it that much more engaging.
Chapters are fairly short, which I sometimes like because there is a sense of movement in the story, and all start with a place and a year. As you read through the chapters and keep track of the years start to figure out how they relate to each other little by little, which is pretty exciting when you realize the connection a previous chapter had to the one you’re currently reading. In addition, the excitement continues as new characters are introduced throughout the book and their part in the story is slowly divulged. Let’s just say that everything is interwoven and related and Morgenstern has created a masterful web that will keep you awake late at night to be able to connect all the dots together.
Amazing, magical, beautiful. These words describe The Night Circus perfectly and if you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to go out and get it now, you’ll love it.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Doubleday | Pages: 387 | Source: BEA
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