The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusLe Cirque des Reves is the circus of dreams. It’s a completely different experience from your normal circus. It only operates at night, the shows are extravagant, truly magical in its nature and an entirely unique experience. You never know when it’s coming, but when it’s in your city, you simply cannot get enough, because the circus doesn’t follow a linear set program of entertainment and no two persons ever has the experience at the circus. In fact, you never have the same experience even if you go every single night that it is in town!

Sounds magical doesn’t it? But there are more magic surrounding The Night Circus than what the patrons believe there is. Two magicians have trained their protégées, Celia and Marco, for a challenge to which the circus is merely a stage, yet neither of them really knows exactly what the rules of the competition is. They fall in love and when they learn that the competition doesn’t have a winner, but a survivor, the story heads for disaster.

The story is magical and full of imagination and the writing is lush. For the entirety of the book, the writing made me feel like I was discovering the circus for myself. The atmosphere of the book is both magical and gothic. The Night Circus is a very different book from what I normally would pick up, but because SO many of my friends have told me to read it, I finally have. I must admit that I expected more from the novel, but it’s nonetheless an enjoyable read. I was swept up with the circus, but also with the story of the characters, which was strong in the beginning, but eventually towards the end of the book I felt there was something missing.

Does this sound like the circus you would like to visit?

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  • Darlene O.

    I haven’t read this one, it’s been on my list for a while. I enjoyed your review.
    And the new look of the blog looks GREAT!

  • So I actually don’t like the circus and that was one of the things that prevented me from reading this book for a long time. But when the paperback finally came out, it was so pretty that I couldn’t help myself. And I just LOVED it. The kind of book that I was sad to finish because it meant I’d read it. I would love to go back and get to read it again for the first time.

    • It really is a magical story. You can always read it again, but I know… it’s not the same as the first time!

  • Ricki Treleaven

    Definitely a reveur! I loved the book. I think the world and atmosphere Morgenstern creates in the novel is definitely magical and you’re right… does have a gothic feel to it. Super review!

  • Ciska van der Lans

    I just finished it myself and must admit I loved it so much again. Glad you did enjoy. Can imagine you missed something at the end. It kind of slowly dies when you might expect a bang.

    • Is it the second or third time you are reading it? I did expect a bang at the end, but it really was a magical story and a good read. Everyone was right about it 🙂

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this one! It was such a magical read. I felt immersed in a way that I really haven’t felt since childhood. Not often, anyway.

  • Isi

    I have this one in Spanish but I still haven’t read it – I should do it!
    All the reviews say it is magical, so I’m glad you liked it. I’m warned about the end, though.

  • I haven’t had the chance to read this yet, because I’m just so clueless to the plot, but you have really intrigued with your review – an atmospheric read can be enticing. And I love Gothic lit. Great review!

  • literaryfeline

    I listened to the audio version and was swept off my feet. I loved it. I have a print copy and hope to read it at some point in the near future.

    • I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. I’ve never really gotten into audio books, but I have one (gift), so I’ll give it one more try!