The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My Rating: 💙💙 (It was OK)
Genres: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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.”
So, I finally finished The Night Circus. To be honest I don’t know whether I liked it or hated it. While reading I thought some parts were just too slow and at times thought I should give up and not bother carrying on with the book, but then I would start a new chapter and I was pulled into a magical and imaginative read.
I thought the book would be a good fantasy book but in the end it turned out to develop into more of a love story. I personally struggle with books like this.
It is well written and very descriptive, but due to it being so descriptive I felt that the book needed more of my attention and concentration while reading. I also had to re-read sections as I felt I had missed something previously.
I liked the characters, the storyline was ok, but I think the contest that is held by the main characters needs more explanation as I’ve finished the book and I’m still confused as to what part was actually the contest. To me it felt like everything they did was a contest. Also the ending felt unfinished and I couldn’t work out if the circus was a figment of the characters imagination or whether it was actually a circus where they performed. Maybe it was just me and I missed something while reading the book.
In my opinion it was an OK read. But hey that’s not to say you won’t like it more than me.
Have any of you read the book if so what did you think? would love to hear your views and opinions on this book, so leave a reply below.