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Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Updated: Jan 1

★★☆☆☆


Ok, so first thing I want to say is this is not a bad book. I know my rating of two stars would imply that I think so, but that's not the case. I can fully recognise that this book would tick all the boxes for many readers, but that just doesn't include me.


I really loved the premise of this book! The idea of a magical circus, travelling the world and enchanting all it's visitors is fascinating. The descriptions of this world are incredible - the author paints such a vivid picture, you feel as if you're standing there yourself, breathing in the circus air. I love beautiful descriptive writing, but for me this seemed to be the main feature of the book. I eventually grew a bit bored of the pretty words and started craving some excitement and adventure within the plot, which I felt was a bit lacking. These two magicians are in a competition to the death, but all they seem to do is add new tents and attractions to the circus. I suppose I was expecting something a little more thrilling from it, but that might just be me!


I also found that the romance between Celia and Marco came across a bit forced. I understood the interest, but it felt like after next to no interactions between the two, they were suddenly professing their love for one another. I know this is fairly common in YA books, I just find it a tad frustrating at times.


If you're looking for a beautifully written book then this is probably the one for you, but if you're after something with a bit of pace and action, then you might want to look for something else.

Read the summary below:


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, 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.

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