‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern/A Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Length: 519 pages
Publisher: Anchor Books
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
Purchased at Barnes & Noble
Release Date: July 3 2012

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 Rêves, 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.

My Thoughts:

I meant to end the month of January with reading and reviewing The Night Circus, but life called me to focus on family for most of the month. Although reading The Night Circus became an unexpectedly long task, I’m so glad that I stuck with it!

The Night Circus tells the story of Celia and Marco, destined to become players in a game filled with magic, skill, and illusion. Their playing field involved a circus woven with fantasy and dreams, all of the major figures and performers wrapped up in an intricate puzzle that no one can master.

This story is told in present tense, alternating between two different timelines. One features the origins of Celia and Marco’s abilities within the circus, and the other highlights a patron’s experience throughout his visit at the circus, struggling to figure out his calling in life. These two timelines are so descriptive in emotion, all the characters involved fighting to define their true calling in life.

I’m thankful that I finally made the time to read The Night Circus. It was such a wonderful book!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Reading Blog: January 28

Happy Book Birthday to ‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith! You can catch my review of the story here!

I’m still deep into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. It’s highly enjoyable, yet recent events have prevented me from finishing it as quickly as I would’ve wanted. Life brings surprising events at your door, and you just need to accept that level of unpredictability.

Will I finish the story? Of course! I love it a great deal. It has such a wide cast of characters.

Life will continue to be unpredictable, but I’m hanging in there. I just need to remember to breathe.

Friday Reads: January 24

I’m about 40 percent into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I find it very curious that each chapter does a time jump. Considering that the book only focuses on a small cast of characters, the time jump holds some significance in the story. I also love the circus setting, and the thread of Celia and her lineage.

I have memories of an old relationship, in which this other person had a fascination with magicians. He would watch films and television shows that featured magicians highlighting their craft. Although that relationship ended a few years ago, I’m glad that those past experiences didn’t dull my interest in magic!

Reading Blog: January 23

This week I began reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I’m nearly 100 pages in the story, and I’m really liking it. The development of the characters Celia and Marco is being performed very meticulously, as their life paths were orchestrated to play a part in an intricate game. So far the story jumps from a firmly established entity, to one just beginning to take shape through midnight discussions.

I’m also waiting on a copy of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’, by Celeste Ng. This is the next selected read for the book club at my local library. I’m hopeful to have this book in my hands by the end of the week. I also borrowed a cozy mystery novel, ‘Kneaded to Death’, which I hope to begin very soon!