Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Review #123 - The Night Circus by 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 RĂªves, 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.

My Rating: 3/5

I had really high expectations for this book as I had heard so many positive reviews about it. Unfortunately, this book did not reach them.

The writing was the highlight for me. It was so enchanting and beautifully written, it definitely helped encapsulate the story. I will definitely be reading the author's future books.

The problem I had with the book was that it was slow paced and I  found myself waiting for something to happen.

I actually put the book down for a long time about 100 or so pages in with no intentions of finishing it and it would have been the first book that I couldn't finish.

I did end up finishing it because when I picked it up again I actually got immersed in the story.

I really liked the twins, Ethan, Marco and Celia. The rest of the characters I didn't really care for and some I kept getting them mixed up.

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