The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genres: romance, fantasy, YA, historical
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.
I’m really disappointed that I didn’t love this book.
The imagery really is beautiful — the black and white circus, the red accessories worn by the rêveurs, the winter garden and the white-flamed cauldron — it’s really gorgeous. I hear that a film is in the works, and I think it’s a perfect candidate for a scenery and costume rich adaption.
The plot was just a little too slow and the characters took a little too long to grab me. That said, I didn’t dislike it — it was perfectly okay — just not wowing. Maybe the magical realism just isn’t my bag — I’ll have to do a bit more reading around and see.