Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: The Night Circus

Title - The Night Circus
Author - Erin Morgenstern
Genre - Historical Fiction Fantasy
Published - September 13th 2011
Publisher - Doubleday
Format - eBook

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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

The Night Circus tells the story of two magicians each trained by their own instructor in a different way. They have been raised as children one by her father and the other a stranger trained in different way. This isn’t the first time these two instructors have had a duel but it could be the last. This time around it’s up to the man in the grey suit to make the first move and when the children at in the teens he puts into motion the circus.

With the help of the man in the grey suit the right people come together to create an amazing travelling circus unlike any the world has seen before. Only accepting the very best of the best they even hire an illusionist who is the real deal Celia who’s only goal is to win the duel that she’s trained her whole life for. While she as well as her competitor manipulate the circus creating their own works and putting a part of them into the circus. When they find out who they are dueling everything changes as they struggle to fight the connection between them and win the duel because until it’s over they can’t be together. Only way to end the duel is for one of them to die which isn’t an option.

I really liked both Marco and Celia they each had a very different childhood developing their own strengths but end up in the same place. I wasn’t thrilled with the way Marco treated Isobel sending her off to spy and leading the poor girl on. We also had several supporting characters like Bailey and the twins Poppet and Widget that I really loved their story. I also like that we get an insight into a few other characters that are involved in the circus.

I’ve had this one on my TBR forever and when I had the chance I suggested it to my book club who jumped at the chance to because it sounds amazing. The Night Circus is a captivating story that draws the reader right in from the start only letting go at the very last page. The book has it all from action, mystery, suspense and even romance the perfect mix creating an exceptional story. The author has created a unique story revolving around several characters that I found myself falling in love with and connecting with. I really enjoyed every aspect of the book from cover to cover. The Night Circus is beautifully written such an imaginative story and because of the way it’s written I could really imagine I was there.  I honestly loved the book! The Nigh Circus is on my To read list again in the future. I highly recommend it as a must read for all ages.
5 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. The Night Circus is also on my to-re-read list! It was awesome! Glad you loved it as well :)