The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Quote: " You're... not fighting, that's not really the right word for it, but there's something unseen, something shadowed that's hidden from you." ~ Isobel pg. 242
Started: June 1, 2012
Finished: June 21, 2012
607 pages/ hardcover
large print edition
large print edition
From the cover:
The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Reves(The Circus of Dreams), 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 for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. They don't realize that this is a game in which only one can be left standing. 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 hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
This is definitely a fairy tale romance. It has magic, love, entertainment, mystery, deceit, and rivalries. I really enjoyed it. There were a few parts that really didn't click at first but eventually became clearer. Which is a good thing. I didn't want it too be a mushy, predictable blah from the beginning. To me a good love story is all about the struggle, the suffering. I like to feel the emotions of each characters. This book makes you feel like you could really be there. The characters are very personable and realistic.
I only gave it 3 stars because there were a few parts that I felt were left unfinished. I wanted to learn more about the "after". I'm hoping this book becomes a series. It will definitely be recommended to friends!