Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: Night Circus

The Night Circus
The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Doubleday, 2011
English, 400 pgs

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.

This book's release date is September 13, 2011. 

Captivating. Mesmerizing. Dream-like. 

There isn't much I can tell you about the plot that the description doesn't tell you. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down. It's a beautifully written and imagined world where anything can happen, and does. 

Celia and Marco are competitors in a macabre duel. They manipulate and control their game in a way that is totally amazing. The rest of the cast, from Bailey to Mdm. Padva are so integral in every way to the story. 

I think it's kinda cool that Summit Entertainment (who did the Twilight movies) has already optioned this for development. However, I cannot even begin to imagine how they're going to make this movie! The chapters move through time and location and it can get a little hard to understand where and when you are if you aren't paying attention. 

All in all, it's a good book. It's not the best I've ever read, but it's good. I would recommend it for you!

I received an advance reading copy in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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