Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: Perfect, it’s everything for this book and more. It’s perfect. Once you finish the last page, the cover says it all.
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.
Oh. My. Word.
Finishing this book was just…wow…
I am literally blown away at the imagination and thought that went into this! I totally understand why it’s so popular, why so many people loved it. There are just so many components that went into this story. Where do I even begin! I just literally stepped away mind blown.
Alright enough gushing…
This story is set in the late 1800s/early 1900s where there is a circus that only comes alive at night. With a multi-demential story and a million important characters…no seriously let me just listen them all for you:
7. Mr. Barris
12. Mr. Murray
14. Tante Padva
16. Tara Burgess
There are A TON of voices and each play a part in the story and are vital to it all. Confused? Just wait…
It wasn’t until later when I had the actual physical book in my hand did I notice that we jump around like there is no tomorrow! We go from the early 1890’s, to 1895, to 1893, back to 1898, up to 1901, back to 1899, etc. I had no idea why the author was doing it and it often left me baffled but it seemed that even though we were constantly jumping around that the story was still moving forward! I was so confused but it is what made her writing so brilliant!It wasnt very hard to follow once I realized what was going on; she would be in 1895 for a chapter, jump around through years for 5 or more chapters, then go back to 1985 like I was expected to remember everything that happened before, and most of the time it would be with different people than the ones I’d read however many chapters ago. It was hard but if I ignored it I was able to pretend like it was all on the same time line..even though it wasn’t but it all comes together and makes sense…in the end. Now don’t roll your eyes cause it’s fun once you get it and brilliant. Yes I already said that.
The story follows two MAIN, KEY players or characters Celia and Marco and how they are being used in a game to see who is “better.” Those who started the game don’t care about others or these players themselves all they want to know who is better.
Throughout the story we see these players change and move and grow in power in ways that is really interesting and captivating.
The ONE complaint I have is the romance. Yes there is some romance not much it does not overwhelm the story which is appreciated BUT there seemed to be no development, it was so quick. It seemed that one page they weren’t aware of each other and then they are just deeply in love…wait what? what happened to make that happen? other than that I liked it.
Overall the story was well thought out, the writing incredible, the idea mind bending, and just awesome.
Sexual Content: moderate
Language: mild (1 F word)
LGBTQ+: there is mention of a woman who at one time was in love with another woman, there is a male who looks upon another male that makes it seem like he longs for him.