Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Reviewed by: Cassie
The Fairies Say: Timelessly beautiful
Summary (from BN.com)
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 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 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.
There are other characters-quite a few others- but they're not quite described much.
My issues with the book were that I felt totally misled. I had thought I was going to get this epic romance with an awesome environment- a circus, what better? It could totally be romantic- and instead I get... well this. The Night Circus is definitely more focused on the details and surroundings than the feelings, relationships, and character development. You can't connect with any singular character at all really because of the way the book is written. It jumps around from year to year, perspective to perspective, and only briefly focuses on feelings. Very briefly, mind you. And for me, I just don't like that. However!! If you love proper etiquette and totally 19th century mannerism and relationships, you'll love this. And if you like your books as stories you can totally see as a movie (The Night Circus seems like a partially B&W, partially color movie- but all classic) then you'll really like this, too.
Overall it's a great book, just not my cup of tea. (and yes- there's TEA! in this book) I still really liked it, it's just I like relationships I can connect with and I rely on feelings the author can make me feel, other than perfect surroundings and a lovingly spun story.
By the way... I must say, Erin Morgenstern works some magic. I never knew one could get so seductive with 19th century wear... She makes it WORK! There is one scene where I just stopped, mouth open, thinking OH MY GOD I JUST DIED
Yup that was me.
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