Hey, readers! I haven’t been blogging for the past few days. Cyclonic storms + weak cables from Internet Service Providers = No Internet for regular blog posts. In case you were wondering, Internet isn’t back yet. I’m sitting outside, surreptitiously using a neighbor’s WiFi (don’t you dare judge me!). Anyway, the lack of Internet made me catch up on reading. The Night Circus was SO good, I finished it in a day!
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, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander 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 Rêves.
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 the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the 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 the 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 the balance.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
Phew, the synopsis says it all.
Reading The Night Circus is a whole journey in itself. What impressed me most about the book was that it makes you feel– the sights, the sounds, the smells were all senses I was able to feel. I shit you not, I got a waft of caramel from the circus while reading about it. This book is pure magic; Erin has definitely cast a spell to make this book this intense and wonderful.
I usually write whole paragraphs in my reviews about all aspects of the book, but here let’s just quickly classify everything under supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Writing : ✔
Characters : ✔
Plot : ✔
Romance : ✔
Overall : ✔✔✔ raised to n!
There were so many things in the book that appealed to me. The rêveurs (the fan club of Le Cirque des Rêves) felt a lot like the Potterheads to me. If the wizarding world of Harry Potter were a traveling circus, I and other Potterheads would definitely follow it around. I believe it was the circus that was the hero of this story– all those in favor of the motion to include Le Cirque des Rêves as an attraction in Universal Studios say AYE! 😀
The Night Circus is a story that I know I’ll be coming back to over and over again in the following years. I didn’t love the ending as much as the entire book, but there was no other way it could have ended.
To sum up this toned-down version of my fangirling, this book was crazy good and you should definitely read it (can you believe I’m paid to be a writer? “Crazy good” it seems).
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Have you read The Night Circus? How did it make you feel? Let me know in the comments! My replies will probably be a little late because sitting outside with a laptop is fetching me weird looks. 😛