Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Night Circus Review

The Night Circus

Goodreads Description
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 Thoughts
The Night Circus is one of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. Morgenstern’s word choice and descriptions are absolutely amazing. I’m typically not a huge fan of overly descriptive books but in The Night Circus, not only did I not seem to mind, I enjoyed it…for the most part.
I loved the circus environment and the dream like world that Morgenstern created. If only that world could truly exist, how entertaining that would be! It’s truly a wonder that someone could create such an enchanting world.
The story jumps around from different POVs and time periods. To be honest, in the beginning I paid little to no attention to the date at the beginning of the chapter. However, toward the end I found myself going back to check the date. It did get a little confusing at times but for the most part it was relatively easy to follow.
Also, I loved how Morgenstern gives readers bits and pieces of information and allows us to attempt to put them together ourselves. However, there are so many details and clues that actually doing so is near to impossible. The book itself is a puzzle waiting to be solved, but one that can only be solved at the puzzle maker’s will.
My biggest complaint isn’t about the book itself. It has more to do with the promotion of it and the description of the book. I just feel like the description of the book is somewhat misleading. The whole description revolves around the idea of star-crossed lovers. Yes, technically Celia and Marco do fall in love but it doesn’t happen till halfway through the book. The first quarter of the book the two have very little interaction so, in my opinion, describing the book as solely about star-crossed lovers who are forced to compete against each other is a little misleading. The book has so much more to offer than that storyline so to pin the entire plot to that does the book a disservice.
Overall, The Night Circus is an excellent read that readers of any age would enjoy!
Grade: A

1 comment:

  1. I love a well woven book, I need to check this one out, thank you


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