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the night circus review

the night circus by erin morgenstern

   
 
rating: 4/5

genre: fantasy, romance

synopsis: The circus arrives without a warning.

No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tests 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 the purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Amidst 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.

my thoughts:

i’ve been wanting to read this for FOREVER, and let me say, it has not disappointed me!

the writing style is quite different from what i’m used to, which made it a little difficult to get into the book. however, i quickly grew to like it, and the way erin morgenstern describes the circus is simply magical. the world building in this book was absolutely amazing. erin made me want to visit the circus with all the attractions she writes about, and i just loved the setting.

the characters were all so interesting. each had a complex backstory, and you could see them grow up over the course of the book. i really loved the interactions between the different characters; i just wish there had been more with certain characters, especially celia and marco. i liked the romance, but it seemed to develop strangely. it was fast and slow at the same time, and it didn’t seem very realistic in terms of timing. however, i thought the plot was quite well-paced.

i wasn’t a huge fan of the narration and the timeline, which were both confusing in different ways. the story is told in omniscient third person pov, which can be sometimes unclear as to who is thinking what. the chapters switch between different time periods, which was extremely confusing and a little hard to follow, but i figured it out about halfway through the book.

overall, the night circus is a magical read that i would definitely recommend!

goodreads || book depository

have you read this? what did you think?

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