Book Reviews

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I have allowed myself to re-read books in 2020. After a few years of only reading books I hadn’t read before, it has been nice to go back into books I loved previously. After seeing so much hype about Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea, I decided to read The Night Circus again! I remembered really enjoying it when I read it the first time, but it has been a few years.

The Story

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’s called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it’s 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. 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 on The Night Circus

I thoroughly loved The Night Circus. It was so creative and written so beautifully. I believe my favorite part was the creation of the different tents in the circus. I mean, there’s a wishing tree where you light a candle of your wish off the candle of someone else’s wish. How beautiful is that?!

Yes, the love story was nice. It took longer to arrive than I thought. I didn’t care for the fact that Marco just kind of let his first love interest on for a while. It’s like they just didn’t talk about his feelings for Celia, but he remained with the first woman. Just kind of sketchy.

It was just incredible how well detailed the world of Le Cirque des Rêves was. I felt like I was at the circus. However, there was still so much room for my interpretation which I thought was really cool. That’s what makes a good story novel to me. Describe your world, but let me put my own spin on it.

Needless to say, after I finished The Night Circus, I went ahead and bought The Starless Sea. Erin Morgenstern is an amazing author that I’ve added to my “must read” list.

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