Dear Night Circus,
I can only fangirl over you… inside and outside I am squealing!
P.S. Book Details
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Book Length: 391 pages
Book Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 2011
Awards: Locus Award for Best First Novel (2012), Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist (2012), Guardian First Book Award Nominee for Longlist (2011), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Adult Literature (2012), ALA Alex Award (2012)Lincoln Award Nominee (2014), The Kitschies Nominee for Golden Tentacle (Debut) (2011), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Best Fantasy and for Favorite Book (2011), International Dublin Literary Award Nominee (2013)
Synopsis: 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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Caramel popcorn, hot chocolate, warm autumn tea, cuddle blankets, comfy clothes… it is time for a re-read of another favorite: The Night Circus.
“The Circus arrives without warning…”, those words haunt me every time I pick up Night Circus to re-read, and every time I end the annual reading. This is a work of art, a book with twisting and turning, magic and deception, love and tragedy, centered around a circus. I could not tell you why I originally connected with this book, but it made a profound impact on me. When Autumn rolls around, a craving hits me. I crave to enter the circus and get reacquainted with my friends, subsequently, I am unable to read this book without some homemade popcorn. They belong together.
Yes, the characters are relatable. Yes, the setting is magical. Yes, the plot is intricate. To me, it has everything. Which may be the reason I have attached tangible attachments to the book to remind me to read it as the season comes around… who knows.
I warn readers, this is not for everyone. Close friends of mine who enjoy similar books to me have disliked the style Morgenstern writes. I happen to enjoy it, she keeps me on my toes with an air of mystery in her voice, and at times I feel lost. But, it all ends up coming together before I get frustrated. Her second book, The Starless Sea, is even more intricate. Yet, this is what makes her books amazing to re-read for me. I always see something I hadn’t the first time around. As a reader, this makes reading a wonderful experience. Also, side note, I didn’t realize how many awards Night Circus had received until this review! I suppose more people have enjoyed it than I realized.
If you have read Caraval, watched The Greatest Showman, or enjoy going to festivals, this book could be for you.