Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern.
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
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The Summary: 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.

The Review: I fell in love with this book, and I wasn’t certain I was going to. I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for nearly a year now, and I’ve started and re-started it countless times. I sat down yesterday and powered through it in one go, and I have to say I’m hooked. I love the world that Morgenstern has created. It’s lush, full of description and really really beautiful. At times I felt that it was real, tangible and the setting and the world that this story takes place in caught a hold of me.

I really enjoyed this book. There were just a couple things that caused me to shake my head. The random lapse into second person narrative. This is not something I’m fond of at all, and probably one of the reasons why I kept starting/stopping this novel. The insta-love aspect is also something I’m not fond of, but it didn’t distract me too much. The promised fierce competition was a touch anti-climatic, but again, I don’t mind too much.

Honestly, I can see where people have issues with this book, and the amount of just polar opposite reviews makes me laugh. The time jumping, the point of view changes and the sheer amount of prose can be a lot for some to handle. It really did take me a while to read this, and since I did start and stop so many times that when I did finally sit down to read it, I had to start over. I think this is a book that needs more than one read through. There’s so much going on, and so many layers that it’s almost impossible to catch everything the first time through.

Plus, the writer in me goes bananas when I realize that she wrote this as a NaNoWriMo piece. Clearly it’s been edited and reworked, but I just love being able to read it like this.

Purchase The Night Circus Wherever books are sold. I bought my copy at Target.

Have you read The Night Circus? How did you feel about it? Let’s talk about this book.


4 thoughts on “Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  1. EEE!!!


    I LOVED The Night Circus in my first reading and I was completely smitten by the dark and magical world that Erin Morgensten created =) The insta-love annoyed me at first too but Celia and Marco fit so well together that I didn’t mind so much! I would have enjoyed it better if the “duel” was explored instead of little performances on their parts… In any case, I definitely have Erin Morgenstern’s books on my auto-buy list, and glad to have found another happy reader like you!

    New follower! Do drop by mine @ Summer Next Top Story

    • I really think people should give it another chance and not write it off so quickly. It’s so complex and interesting, and I’m really glad that I gave it another shot. I will definitely pick up more of Erin’s books when they’re published. I’m in love with her world building skills, and more than slightly envious of them. 🙂

      Thanks! I checked out your blog and followed.

  2. I have this book on my Kindle and have seen mixed reviews, so much that I’m curious to find out what the story and the book is all about (hence it’s on my kindle waiting to be read). I hope that I will enjoy it 🙂

    • It’s certainly one of those “love it” or “hate it” styles of writing. One of my really good bookish friends didn’t finish it, and as I said it took me a couple times to actually get any sort of motivation to get into it. My main issues were the second person POV and the time switches, not necessarily the world building/prose. Give it a shot! I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve finished it. 🙂

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