Book Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern


400 pages

I am probably one of the last bloggers to read this one, so feel free to skip the synopsis as most of you probably know what this one is about!

Le Cirque des Reves arrives without warning.  Suddenly you’ll notice the enchanting tents one morning upon waking, and after a few short weeks of magical experiences, they’ll be gone just as quickly as they arrived.

The circus is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.  Every sense is awakened by the unbelievable.  Magic such as you’ve never seen it is performed every night!

The Night Circus is centered around Marco and Celia.  They don’t realize it at first, but the circus was created around them as they are pitted against one another in a challenge that they’ve been preparing for since they were young children.  Neither of them knows the terms of the challenge or even who or what is involved. This isn’t immediately revealed to the reader either, so we’re as in the dark as they seem to be.

The Night Circus also involves the obligatory love story, which could even be called a love triangle. I know a lot of readers get caught up in this fanciful affair, but I wasn’t as drawn in by it.  Maybe the realism of the circus was too overshadowing for me, because that was what really intrigued me.  As a result, the love aspect didn’t do much for me and I ended up not really caring what happened with it. Because of that, I don’t think I enjoyed the book as much as I could have.

Personally, I was happy to read something “different” for a change.  I have never read anything like The Night Circus before and I loved reading about the different tents and the atmosphere.  But I didn’t like this one as much as I expected to.  Maybe it was the hype, but once as much as I loved the descriptions, it wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with the story.  Don’t get me wrong, it was good. But it wasn’t great.

I would encourage people to read this one for the atmosphere if nothing else, but try not to go into it with such high expectations like I did!

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Leeswames’ Blog

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The House of the Seven Tails

Care’s Online Book Club

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Farm Lane Books Blog

Estella’s Revenge

Fizzy Thoughts

Linus’s Blanket

I purchased this book for my own collection.