Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: 2011 by Random House
Format: Audio Book
Read By: Jim Dale
Genre: Fantasy Fiction; Romance; Historical Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.03 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
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 Reves 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 expressively for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknown to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but a 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.
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If I am going to be honest, I don’t really know where to start with this review so bear with me..I have so many feels.
To say that I loved it would be a bit of an understatement – it was more than amazing or brilliant – it was inventive and imaginative and I devoured every minute of it.
Morgenstern has one hell of an imagination to be able to write this beautiful story.
I listened to this book as an audio book, and although I loved it, reading the words myself may have been a better option as the chapters do jump from year to year, back and forward and I did find myself getting a little confused, but I was able to catch on pretty quickly.
There were a number of different characters that captured my heart in this story – firstly Celia Bowen who was one of the ‘players’ of the magic competition. She was the daughter of an illusionist (who trained her for the competition). She became the illusionist for the circus and I loved following her character. She was loving and kind and I loved watching her develop over the years of the story.
Marco, her competitor, was just as marvellous! He was handsome and smart and vulnerable at the same time.
Bailey was a young boy who loved attending the circus. He was dared by his older sister and her friend to go into the circus in the day time and bring something back that proves he was there. So he did, and he met Poppet, one of the performers who gave him her glove as the proof. He then fell for the circus and attended every evening that it was in his town. I really liked his character as it was through him that we really got to experience the circus – through the eyes of someone from the outside.
The competition itself was interesting, the two players had to make their ‘moves’ as new parts of the circus, new tents with more and more wonderful experiences.
Eventually the two of them fall in love and their love is like nothing I have ever experienced. Even the slightest touch between them made lights flicker, and a kiss could be felt by all those around them. They were desperate to be together and to be finished with the competition. They were finally told how the competition would end, and it broke my heart. They were destined to play in this game until one came out the other side, and the other didn’t. No matter what they came up with, it wasn’t going to work. They needed a better plan, so Celia came up with one.
The way this book ended was odd, but it worked. It was the perfect ending for this perfect story.
Erin Morgenstern’s writing was beautiful. The story so unique. I enjoyed all aspects of it, and I think I’ll be hard-pressed to find another book that makes me feel the way The Night Circus made me feel.
If you enjoy magic and romance and friendship, then you will adore The Night Circus and I highly highly recommend it to all!
Thank you for reading my review of this amazing book!
Until next time, happy reading!
About the Author:
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes her work and “fairy tales in one way or another.” She grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with two very fluffy cats. (Goodreads)
Reading Challenges Update:
Audio Book Challenge: 1 / 50
Goodreads’ Reading Challenge: 2 / 50
Library Love Challenge: 2 / 50
Reading Assignment Challenge: 0 / 50
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