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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