Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Night Circus

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Fantasy

SynopsisThe 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.

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Review:  This book was amazing!  It captured my attention from the get go both the first and second time I read it.  I was drawn into the magic of the circus and the wonderfully written descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of the circus.  As you are reading, you can imagine yourself in a place like this circus!  Morgenstern does a great job of hinting of what is to come by writing out of sequence but giving the reader enough information that we don't get frustrated.  The story line is so different from any other book I've read.  The characters are highly likable (well maybe not one or two of them) and you can't help root for both Marco and Celia.  You want them both to win the competition.  This story is so magical and wondrous.  I'm sure I'll read it again someday and I don't often read books more than 2 times!

Rating: 5 stars

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