The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)
(NA) Fiction | Historical Paranormal RomanceBlurb:
“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 Reves,” 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.”
pooled ink Review:
Lovely. Simply lovely!
Not at all what I expected and yet somehow it was everything that I had hoped for.
The language is so beautifully written, the smells and textures and images so intricately painted, the characters so vivid and curious.
This is a book that you cannot put down or perhaps you’re different and can put it down between chapters but even so the moment you open it to return to the story you are transported at once and completely.
The plot twists and folds as time and place jump until they collide at the Circus. Told from the perspective of opponents this story will envelop you into its game. Everything about the story is intriguing but my favorite parts are the ones that occur in the Night Circus with Bailey.
It has action, adventure, mystery, magic, manipulation, romance, and more but in classic, vintage quantities.
Oh my, my grasp on the english language is failing me today as I struggle to write a review that can adequately express my opinion of this book.
I do hope you’ll forgive my bumbling words and my painfully inadequate descriptions but this is a book of words that cannot be described by words. It is altogether something else, something different from the other books on the Barnes & Noble shelves and it is wonderful.
I highly recommend giving this book a try but I warn you that it will leave you yearning to visit the Night Circus. Something I hope one day will be quite possible.
Posted on Goodreads on May 11, 2015
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Meet Erin Morgenstern!
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts with two very fluffy cats.
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