The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Book Review

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Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern
Release Date: September 13th 2011
Publisher: Doubleday
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★
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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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

My Review: 

The Night Circus reminds me of those movies that comes out late in the year. Highly acclaimed, with a brilliant director, prestigious actors, stunning cinematography and usually Oscar Bait. It's gorgeous and there's nothing really wrong with it, but there's something that's missing and you find yourself zoning out during various parts anyways. 

The Night Circus feels that way to me. There's nothing really wrong with the novel as a whole, the writing is very lyrical and beautiful and the imagery is stunning, but I never deeply connected to the story or to the characters in any meaningful way. I was conscious the whole time that I was reading a fictional story and I didn't lose myself in the story because there was no connection to any of the characters.

I did like the elements of the supernatural and fantasy and how they effortlessly weaved into the 'normal' world and we got to see the circus through the eyes of people who have nothing to do with the circus itself.  

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