Book Review: The Night Circus

Posted December 31, 2012 by @Angelized_1st in 2012 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

TheNightCircusI was fortunate enough to be able to squeeze one more book in before the end of the year. The book that got the honor of being the last book of 2012 was Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. This book was just what was described in the synopsis, but I still managed to be a tad disappointed. In the synopsis according to 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.

the-night-circus-jacket-e1306491176869This book was interesting, but I found it to be somewhat slow-moving for the first 100 pages or so. I understand the need for character development, and found the characters to be interesting, but they became more so when their lives became more intertwined. Celia and Marco were never meant to fall in love, and that’s what made the idea of the competition they were bound to more intriguing. By putting these two star-cross lovers in the middle of something beyond their control, the story had more urgency, and a sense of danger that was lacking in the events leading up to Celia and Marco’s romance. On Goodreads I gave this book 3 stars, but that’s only because of how much I enjoyed the last 250-300 pages. (I read the iBooks version with 475 pages.) Though I did enjoy The Night Circus, I would consider this to be a book you read when you have nothing else you’re dying to get to.

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0 responses to “Book Review: The Night Circus

  1. Though I have to admit, it’s not your usual popular romance story, with the witty comebacks from the charismatic young lover who tries to charm his way through a million rejections, just to get her to smile and probably rethink that offer. It barely even touches on the romance, and takes half a dozen forevers before Celia and Marco even meet. And when they do, it’s all the I Love You’s and the I Can’t Live Without You’s stock dialogues, like the badly written Legend of Korra season finale . Even though I think TNC is trying to be poetic and symbolic, but it could try to be a bit more natural and creative. In this way, what TNC really lacks isn’t plot, but character development. We look too deeply into the circus, all the tents and the cinnamon things and the spiced chocolate, but we see the characters too subdued, too quiet, that after some 400 pages in a journey with these characters, you’ll feel as if you’ve barely known them at all.

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