Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is not an ordinary circus. Sure there are tents with various attractions, but unlike other circuses The Night Circus is only open at night and appears in town without any announcements. Attendees walk along the circus grounds choosing which black-and-white striped tent to enter and witness the amazement that is within. Behind the splendor of the circus is a battle between two magicians that will leave only one standing. Except the two magicians fall in love, and the future of the circus and its performers are dependent on the outcome of the duel.

I found this book to be vivid and rich with detail. It painted a world of magic that I retreated to as often as I could to read as the two magicians Celia and Marco wove their magic into the fabric of the circus and my imagination. Morgenstern was magnificent in her descriptions of the circus and its attractions. It was not difficult to picture myself walking the circus grounds deciding which tent to enter.

The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, but because the circus itself, the central character of the book anyway, was so distinct and memorable I didn't care that the other characters could have been a bit more three-dimensional. One could argue that the characters needed to be held back a little in order to maintain their mystery, which added to the allure of this book for me. You're not given all the information in the beginning. Even the two magicians are given limited information, and you figure out the rules of the duel along with them.

Though the love story between Celia and Marco was the driver of the main plot, it did not consume the book. It simmered on the back burner throughout much of the book instead of burning too hot and being too much in the reader's face, which is my preferred type of love story. Romantic without being sickly sweet or annoyingly intense and exhausting.

This was fun to read, and I will be keeping this book on my shelves so I can come back to it from time to time and experience The Night Circus again and again. Definitely recommend this book.

Next month - Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill

Disclosure - No one paid me in any way, form, or fashion for this review.

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