Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Goodreads 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.

My Opinion:

This year I am making a point to branch out to genres that I don’t usually gravitate towards. I have read countless reviews with really high praise for this book, so I added it to my The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge.

I found this book to be a beautifully written, eloquent story! It is mysterious, intriguing, and gives the reader a very detailed tour of The Night Circus and all of its wonders. I was right there oohing and ahhing with the patrons and was continuously anticipating what would happen next. I found the premise of the story to be different and full of potential, but I felt that the richly descriptive scenes overshadowed the storyline. The dual storyline seemed odd to me in the beginning, but eventually they did merge into one unified story.

I liked this book, but did not love it. However, I have no regrets reading it because I would always wonder what I was missing if I hadn’t.

If you enjoy magical realism and fantasy be sure to pick this book up and give it a try for yourself!

Book Details:

My Rating: 3/5
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Series: None
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 9/13/2011
Pages: 400 (eBook)

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21 thoughts on “Book Review – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. Weirdly, I’ve just said not five minutes ago that I really want to re-read this. I loved it – one of my favourite books of all time.

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  2. I read this one a few years ago and enjoyed it. I thought it was a fun read for a debut novel. It’s a shame Morgenstern hasn’t published another novel. This was a great review!


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