Saturday, October 29

Book Review: The Night Circus

Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Pages: 387

Summary: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white-striped tents awaits an utterly unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, mender through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des RĂªves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way - a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a "game" to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.

As he circus travels around the world, the fats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and lives of all those involved - the eccentric circus owner the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them - are swept up in a wake of spells and charms. But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene - with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in te balance.

My Rating: 10/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was full of mystery, intrigued and overall a spectacular book to read - it's a book that I will definitely re-read again. The author grabbed my attention from page one and held onto it until the end. I loved how she used second person narrative at the beginning of the chapters you could almost hear the noise of the circus and taste the food and smells.

The characters were well written and so many of them had this air of mystery to them, with a little more explained with each chapter, they really helped create the atmosphere of the entire book. I enjoyed the twins and how they interacted, especially with their friend from the outside world, and of course the two competitors - they were well written and complex and really made the story extraordinary. For a first time novel, the author has done a fantastic job, at fleshing out her characters.

I loved the plot of the book - the glimpses of the magicians and illusionists and their creations were wonderful and vivid - I'd love to see something like this in the flesh. The author did a fantastic job at describing the tents one of my favourites was the ice garden - she was easily able to bring everything to life off the pages. The book kept me engaged and intrigued from the moment I picked it up, and lingered with me long after I set it down. Wonderful read!

Would I recommend it to read: Yes! This was an excellent book to read! It is the kind of book you go out and buy now! Right now!

What to read next: Water for Elephants

Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge, Fall into Reading, Fantasy Reading Challenge, Take a Chance 3 Challenge


  1. I just got this from the library. I cannot wait to start it!

  2. I am glad that you loved this one as much as I did. It was so magical and intoxicating, and I just loved it. Your review was wonderfully enthusiastic and thoughtful. I enjoyed reading it!

  3. I absolutely loved this book, too. The circus truly was the main character, and the writing was just excellent. So glad you loved it as well!

  4. I loved this book! I am glad you did, too!

  5. Linda - This is one you're going to want read and devour right away.

    Zibilee - I read your review as well and you did a fantastic job. Intoxicating is the perfect word for the book.

    Anna - I never looked at it that way, but you're right - the circus is it's own character. Thanks for the perspective

    Kailana - I've heard very little against it. I'm glad to see so many people who've enjoyed the book.

  6. Hi, cool review! Here's mine if you don't mind:

    Thanks and have a very nice day! :)

  7. I've checked this book out from the library twice and still haven't read it! The first time I ran out of time to read it and the second time I just couldn't get into it. Plus, like Sandy said, the blogs were saturated with this book and I didn't want to let lost in the flood. lol But I will get back to it one day, for sure.

    Marlene Detierro (Alaska Fishing Lodges)