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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Doubleday Canada | July 3, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Night Circus is rated 4.0122 out of 5 by 82.
In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story.

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.99 × 5.17 × 1.08 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671733

ISBN - 13: 9780385671736

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing within a unique world Bringing two illusionists with similar powers to win a game challenged by one's father and the other from a foster parent, Celia and Marco don't realize they are being pitied against each other. In everything they do with the Night Circus is another nice on a chessboard they have no idea they're playing. When they realize that one has to die to become the winner, they take matters in their own hands. Beautifully written, The Night Circus takes place in a Victorian London setting where men are gentleman and women are ladies. All come to the mysterious circus at night and fans are named r?veurs (dreamers) who follow their favourite circus form country to country. There are mini pages where it's told from a second point of view which adds to another layer of mystery as to how the circus really is. I thought it was a nice touch, but I ended up skipping those pages long after. The pacing is so slow. So very slow in the beginning that I had trouble even sticking to the book. Everything has been set up perfectly but the story doesn't start to pick up until you get halfway in the book. At which point I was finally invested in the story. I also felt the romance was completely rushed and instant which isn't necessarily the greatest thing in a romance. It did make it feel like a starcrossed lovers romance combined with magical realism that not even the suspecting mortals can pinpoint. Pick this one up if you're looking for a unique story with an intricate beautiful world full of magic, intrigue and romance!
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too hard to follow at times! I have to admit, I am really struggling with this book. Just a little bit about me - I have trouble following a book if there are too many characters, or too much description. This book has both - the detail provided was way too in-depth for me. I also found that the flipping between time periods and years difficult to follow. Before you start reading each chapter, you really have to double check the date and year - otherwise you will be totally confused. The very drawn out descriptions of the circus, was a bit too much for me - if you love this in a book, you will love this book for sure! That being said, the book has not completely lost me, as I am dying to know the end - I have about 5 chapters until the end, and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will end the way I want it to end. I do find the topic unique and interesting, and certainly required a lot of imagination on the part of the author. I love Celia, and her talents.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! It's a hidden secret. A well written book that will make you feel as if you are at the Night Circus.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not supported, no story line, no character development.... This book is a book that a reader will either love. Or hate. Unfortunately, I was one of the reader's that didn't like it. I'm not saying everyone will, but I personally did not. If I'm being completely honest, this book is lacking quite a few things. For starters, there is a large amount of imagery in this book. So much so that it took over the plot of the book, or lack thereof. I would have much rather preferred this book not have so many stories going on at once. There was, it seemed, almost 6 different stories going on at once. My favourite story was Bailey's story, and my favourite character was the twins. They seemed to be funny and Widget made me laugh out loud, he was one of the few things I actually enjoyed in this book. I felt this book was dragged on for far to long and could have easily been made into a book with less than 500 pages. I felt if you got rid of so much of the imagery, it could have been about 250 pages. The Night Circus disappointed me in many ways. I'd heard amazing things about this book and expected more, but instead just wanted it to be over with. The only thing worse than putting the book down was the torture I had to go through reading it when I picked it back up. The story was just dragged on and got so out of hand in the end. And I felt some of the things done in this book and said happened to early. Some of the things I did like in this book was the tricks some of the magician's did. It was cool to see Celia grow up. Although, I did not like the end, the love story was entertaining, but not enough for my taste. It seemed as if the love between Celia and Marco was happening because they were bound to each other. Also, it seemed some of the many stories in this lengthy book weren't all satisfactory in the end. I was slightly disappointed with the ending of The Night Circus, but was also happy to see more of Widget. Again, there are some people out there that will adore this book and buy it in all it's additions. Then there's the people who didn't like it as much as the others. They are the one's the adorers are buying these copies from. Rating: 2.4/10 Parental Rating: 16+
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and different Everything about this novel is different. The form, the art, and the plot all stray from conventions. The plot itself begins very promising but falls a little flat towards the end. The true enjoyment in this novel is theorizing on why the author made the decisions she did. What was she suggesting with the choices she made. If you are craving something different this is the book for you.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book but a little confusing at times... Ok so this is one of those books that is pretty lengthy and it's noticeable in more then a sense of being fairly thick. It is a good book overall but for me the format of it was all wrong. By format I am meaning the way the story is told goes from one year and then the next chapter is 5 -10 yrs later than back 15 yrs and its was a little confusing to me at times. The plot overall isn't bad at all but it wasn't one of those books for me that was a real page turner I would read maybe 30 to 40 pages and end up putting it down until the next day just to read another 30 to 40 pages and so on. Though I did complete and never put down completely until the end.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring The Night circus is a circus that operates in the night only. It steals into a town unannounced and sets up. It has fantastic tents full of all the unimaginable. Celia Bowen's father is Prospero, a world famous magician whose secret is that his show is genuine magic - not illusions. He teaches Celia to manipulate the world in the same way. His training borders on the abuse so that he can make her the best and so that she can compete in a high-stakes game against Marco, an orphan similarly trained by her father's nemesis. This is a high stakes bet with these two at stake for their lives. They create ever-increasingly more wonderful tents for the circus and end up falling in love. In a high stakes game such as theirs this does not bode well for their future together. I found the descriptions of the tents to be full of life and character but the story stopped there for me. Both Celia and Marco were as flat and boring characters as I have ever read. They were stuck in self-absorbed mode and I personally think their love just wasn't there. I found the story very very slow and really didn't even appreciate the side stories.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so magical The opening was great and certainly drew me in. Unfortunately, I felt no connection to any of the characters at all, and the plot never thickened. The synopsis boasts about a duel between two magicians who fall in love. I waited the whole book for some kind of exciting tension or climax but nothing ever really happened. Character relationships and timelines were confusing. The ending had so many loose ends that needed to be resolved but weren't. Because of this the story didn't seem well rounded.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reread, this time on audio. Still magical. 4.25 stars Reread 2-1/2 years later. Listened to the audio, narrated by Jim Dale. Through most of the book, I was leaning towards about a 4 star rating, but something near the end made me want to increase my rating. I still loved Bailey and Poppet's story, as well we Marco and Celia's. Once again, the business end of the story wasn't as interesting to me, although I think I caught more the second time around, especially with regard to the clock maker, Theissen. I think I found him more interesting this time around. There were a few surprises, things I'd forgotten from the first time I'd read it. A lot of people love the audio. I won't say I dislike Jim Dale, but I think I've gotten more used to him, having listened to a couple of Harry Potter audios, but I don't see the appeal as much as other people. I think he sounds like an old man and doesn't do very well with the female voices, or with younger voices. It didn't bother me as much in this one as in HP, but I did notice it occasionally. I will say, though, that I still LOVE the chapters that describe the circus as if the reader was there. This might have been one part that was better on audio, having it read to me. I hate to end on a bad note for this review, as that's certainly not what I think of the book! It is a magical book, and once again, I enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet dream or beautiful nightmare? There's no question that this book is beautifully written. The narrative is divine and the circus is a spectacle to be sure. All that said, the storyline of this book did little to keep my interest. The story plodded along. The chapter breaks jumped back/forth through time and made the story difficult to follow. And in the end, notwithstanding the passage of some 30 years, very little happened. Too much going on in the background and not enough in the fore.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly entertaining... ... get whisked back to the late 1800s and travel through Europe and North America, whereby Celia is bound to a challenge given to her at an early age, while Marco orphaned and taken up by a non-descript gentleman. Both will challenge each other but not in the realms they are used to - but all things aside, these characters that are engaged in this circus that do some pretty amazing things. Hopefully they can keep it together, unless the challenge will tear them apart. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated out of 5 by from Erin Morgenstern makes a breathtaking and unforgettable debut with this book. I never would have picked this book myself, but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. The circus came to life so life so vividly in my mind. It was a truly magical read. The interplay between the characters was the glue that held the story together. Star crossed lovers Celia and Marco hold the fate not only of their own selves but the entire circus in their hands. Their love is doomed from the start due to circumstances beyond their control. The pain of this responsibility weighs heavily on both of them. The love they have for the circus, and each other drives them madly towards the dramatic climax. An enchanting love story that cast a spell over me. I hated for this book to end . Now I sit and wait impatiently for Ms. Morgenstern’s next novel. Hurry up Erin, write, write, write! A definite must read!
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely magical I see by the 72 previous reviews on this novel that very little is required to (hopefully) convince a prospective reader to pick this up. PICK THIS UP! It is elegant and sexy and pure magic. I, foolishly, only borrowed it from the library as I wasn't sure what to expect. Needless to say I purchased it upon completion. Do your inner, magical self a favour and jump in to the Night Circus.
Date published: 2013-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So disappointing! Characters and relationships are paper-thin, plot plods along, magic is never consistent and the rules are never really defined. Despite a gorgeous summary, the book itself falls so spectacularly flat in execution.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun but not enough to wonder what else the author has written Quite enjoyable. I was captivated at the beginning, lost momentum in the middle and was pleased with the end. Overall, it's different and that's what i liked about it.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read. The book did what fiction books should, it took you away to a far off place where you could get lost in the story and the richness of the setting. Erin Morgenstern used the common Circus environment as a backdrop, but then reconfigured it to make it her own, creating a rich tapestry of fantasy, romance and a little horror.....
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PHNENOMENALLY AMAZING!!! This story is absolutely the best story I have ever read in my life. It consumes you and takes you in with each intriguing page that just takes your breath away. A beautiful magical story that you will never forget. You can feel the magic all around you, in every way possible. Even when I was finished the book, I can still smell the caramel drizzled popcorn.
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Loved it!! That's all I can really say about this book. It's just so magical and beautifully written. Read it!
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNIQUE! Really enjoyed this unique story and interesting characters. A fantastical love story!
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific This beautifully written story is original, magical, full of wonderful word pictures. A circus of wonders. Let your imagination savour it.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Journey My friend recommended this novel to me, and I absolutely loved every page of it. The author takes you into a dream world, that you never thought possible, yet it seems very real. I would recommend the Night Circus to any adult who loves to dream and imagine. This novel is a thrill, and an adventure at every turn of a page.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to the hype! After all I heard about this book I was disappointed. The beginning was mysterious and lured me in but by the end I didn't care much about the characters or the direction the storyline was taking.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enchanting tale of a circus like no other... The premise, at first, is simple: the circus arrives at night, without any warning and is gone come dawn. It travels around the world, popping up with no notice. Everything is black, white and shades of grey. This is no ordinary circus though. Once you pass through the gates, you enter a whole other world, one I wish so badly I could physically experience myself. Instead of one main tent, the night circus is many individual tents, each with something magically unique and amazing inside. You are free to wander and enter tents as you wish. The circus may be black and white, but the story is not void of colour. The prose is rich with detail and the illusions that fill the chapters jump off the page. If I’ve ever wanted a book to be desperately made into a movie, this is it. While I had no trouble escaping into the world of the night circus, I believe this story would translate amazingly onto the big screen, where the magic and illusions could come to life. Visit my blog to read the rest of my review!: http://letseatbooks.blogspot.ca/2012/06/night-circus-by-erin-morgenstern.html
Date published: 2012-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devastatingly Enchating An absolute must read! Okay so I'm a fourteen year old girl who read this book when I was thirteen. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, the book being for adults and all, but as soon as I started reading, I was under it's spell. Erin Morganstern is really an illusionist herself, filling my mind's eye with dreams of a magical black and white circus. Every step of the way, I wished that I could be a circus member, Bailey, or even just a circus goer. While I was reading, I was taken on a beautiful journey alongside Cilia and escaped from the real world. Erin Morgenstern brought her power of illusion alive in this book using only the best of characters. I was blown away when I realized that this was her debut novel.
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Can Feel the Magic Within the Pages When I first picked up this book I somehow knew I was going to love it. They say not to judge a book by its cover but by looking at this book it is almost impossible not to do so. The cover itself gives the book that anticipation one feels when they are about to open a present. Erin Morgenstern did an amazing job writing this book. Her diction was so powerful. I could see the illusions being performed and smell the sweet aroma of the circus and could even feel the hidden passion between the main characters. If you ever felt like there was more to the world then what you see then this is the book for you. I don't know what more I could possibly say. It brings you back to the time when magic wasn't a subject of fiction and everyone was ready to believe in the impossible. And that is what this book will do, it will make you believe; even if it is only for a moment, the impossible will become some sort of reality to you and when it does that is when the real magic begins.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical in Every Way I love books that take me away to a completely different world, and The Night Circus did just that. I could taste, feel, and smell the beautiful settings created in Erin Morgenstern's debut novel. From what I understand, this movie will be released next year... can't wait to see who will play Celia and Marco!
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful The Night Circus was an ambitious endeavour, but it was accomplished wonderfully. I was intrigued by the author's every choice, I savoured the pages. There is so much more there to be discovered, and I can't wait to read this novel again!
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dragged on, confused but beautiful At times I became confused with what was occuring in the novel with changing character views, thoughts, left out details, and changing dates. Despite a lot of confusion it really was an okay novel, beautifully written and amazing imagery.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just didn't get it. I don't believe that I am a stupid person but I just couldn't follow this story. Totally confused by this book.
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Night Circus Good book that I really enjoyed.
Date published: 2012-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Black and White Cricus is not so Black and White Best book that I have read in a long time. I highly recommend this read. I could not put it down. The circus is black and white... but the story is not. Suspence is around every corner but the love story throughout makes my heart melt.
Date published: 2012-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I read this book as part of my book club. Initially, when I read it, I quite enjoyed the novel. I got pulled into the circus as I read about it in vivid detail. Most of the characters were interesting though the author failed to develop any one of them, including the two central characters. The book was predictable and there were many things that didn't make sense - why was their a competition in the first place? The reason seemed a bit pathetic when you read it at the end of the novel - a test of will and endurance? On what basis did the two central characters feel connected to, and fall in love with each other? Their story wasn't well developed and it seemed more about the physical connection than anything else. What is about the circus that traps people like Chanresh? Why did the man in the grey suit not have a shadow? None of that was explained yet the way the author wrote the book made it seem like all of these were clues to solving the mystery of the circus. I think the book had a lot of potential but because the author tried to do much, with too many characters and not enough development of any one of them, it was a let down. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colorful This book took me. Few chapters to get into and found I would mark the last chapter to reference to years jumping. Once I got into it I couldn't put it down. The circus is a magical place with such beautifully painted details, I felt as though I was there many times in the book.
Date published: 2012-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing this book was absolutely wonderful! the imagery was fantastic and it was just very magical! you really felt like you were part of the magic! there are so many POVs given and many plots you've to follow but as long as you stay open-minded and don't think too hard, you'll enjoy it. just sit back and read because in the end you know that everything will be tied together into a perfect little bow.
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I found it difficult to finish I found the book slow and never really felt a connection with the characters (although I really tried). I had to remind myself I dislike leaving books halfway to be able to finish it.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I just don't get the hype. Certainly don't understand they hype behind this book. I don't mind a story that tries to be different, but the timeline jumps in this book are horrible. This is certainly not an easy read.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and Delicious I was very enraptured with The NIght Circus when I began it. I loved the depth and detail woven into all the characters, I loved the descriptiveness and the intricate components of the circus, I loved the imagery and the gothic elements all the way through the story. However this book took me quite awhile to read, and not because it was boring or long. I read a couple other novels whilst reading The Night Circus, I think because I just needed a little uplift from Erin Morgenstern's dark and sad world. Every character had sadness surrounding them, and I am not saying this emotion didn't work well with the characters or aid the aura of the story, I just felt it to be hard at times to read this story for hours on end. Perhaps it is because the book itself made me somewhat sad. For a debut, I think this novel is exceptional. It is vivid and rich and luxuriously written. Ms Morgenstern is a sorceress of words. I loved the colour schemes of this story and the dark originality. My most favourite element of this story is the love affair between Celia and Marco. It is timeless and unforgettably passionate. It had my heart fluttering on many occasions. I re-read some of the parts just to feel that rush again. I just loved it. I would recommend this novel, definitely. However, I would be very picky as to whom I recommended it to. I don't think everyone understands this story as it was meant to be understood.
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great. Before the book: Before reading book, I had been fan-girling for a LONG time! I wanted the book like there was no other. And when I finally had the chance to read it, I jumped on it. First impression: When the story started, I was captivated. I loved the story! It was very unique. I was disturbed by Celia's father, Hector, who taught Celia in the most gorey way. Poor Celia was abused. I got so angry while reading the story, I just want to read on and hope on the ending. When Marco appeared, I REALLY want a happy ending! Marco is just the perfect young English man. I still remember when I read the first chapter, I immediately thought of this book has a similar feel to Water for Elephant. I loved how the story is not base on romance, but magic. As I mentioned before Hector's teaching style is like authoritarian while Alexander, Marco's "teacher" was passive. I love the time setting, the turn of 1800 is just a magical time by itself and when you add real magic to it. It is like an explosion! I love the change in POVs. :) But I'm sad to say that I don't like how there are so many characters that you can lose track of them. Later Into the Book: The story began to slow. Sometimes it feel like I read for hours but never seems to move anywhere. I think this was because the story is very descriptive so it allows the readers to see and feel what Erin wanted the readers to feel. This got in the way of the plot. The story was just like a boat without its orbs, going no where. I was quite disappointed parts of the book where it lacked in action. There was a lot of description, and talking, never anything happening. I was hoping for some SHAZAM! I did love the language used by Erin. As the story progress, I saw what more of Erin's writing and felt in love with . It was the kind of fit between sophistication and simple communication. You just can tell Erin is not just a wannabe writer that just had a good idea for a book. She actually know how to write. Her style is complex but not like you have to read the sentence a few times over to understand it. To tell you the truth I really want to write like that. As I realized how she uses her language, the story became complex. From making the different ways the magicians use their powers to the delicate details of the circus is just so brilliant. I cannot imagine how much planning went into this book! I also really enjoy the conversations between the characters. They were all so witty, serious, and whimsical. I particularly enjoy the conversation between Celia and Marco when they first actually had a full conversation. This is because they seem to converse like two intelligent lawyers arguing in a subtle way, both counter with sassy comments, but you know they were flirting, j'adore! ♥ I love the subtle love story. It was not like a YA novel where it always seems like a forced love; Erin doesn't make the love story appear fast. It was like a slow cooker; it cook at a low temperature but the result was tender food. It was just like the love story, beautiful and exotic in its own way. That said, this love was scattered through the half end because of all the POVs. When I got more into the book, it reminded be of Howl's Moving Castle because of all the magic and the twisted imagination. Sometimes it gets confusing and amazing at the same time. Final Thought: This book was great but it didn't live quite to my expectations. I wanted more actions and "dark magic" feel to it. I want the night to explode with evil clowns and axe killers, but I guess that was not Erin was trying to do. Overall, this book was a 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Magical never ending book This book was very magical and fantasy-based. Not my cup of tea however, I decided to read it based on friends recommendations. It was well written with good descriptions. However, I did not identify with the characters at all and could hardly wait for the book to end.
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing - a wonderful debut! From the first few pages of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, I was sucked in. Initially, I was hesitant to read it because I had read mixed reviews on the novel, but I was at the local library one day returning my copy before my rental expired and the librarian asked if I had read it and what did I think of it? Like me, she had heard mixed reviews. Naturally, I had get the book and read it immediately. The Night Circus is a story about just that — a circus that comes into town mysteriously, and is open from dusk until dawn. Not only is it about this traveling circus, but it’s also about two young magicians, Celia and Marco, both of whom are chosen to compete in a to-the-death duel with one another. I think what most people didn’t like about this novel is that it was slowly paced, but I really liked that about it. The story starts when Marco and Celia are just children and goes through the course of two decades, which couldn’t be rushed. Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic writer and each sentence flows into the next with such beautiful imagery and descriptions. Certain spots will have you cringing slightly from the horror, but this book is far from being a horror book. It’s magical, fantastical, and just one of the best books I’ve read. One thing I really enjoyed about the novel was that it was like two stories in one. We have Celia and Marco’s story, and then we also have the story of Bailey, a young boy whose first encounter with the circus was on a dare. It was refreshing to read about him as the story went on, ultimately to have the two stories collide with one another. My only qualm with the novel is that I didn’t quite understand the point of the game — was it just entertainment for two older magicians? It also was slightly confusing as the book jumps around, which is understandable because the book spans decades, but at times it was just slightly confusing. Once I got into the novel, it wasn’t so bad to figure out what was going on. All qualms aside, I still really enjoyed this book and it was a pleasant change from some of the current offerings. The funny thing is that the whole time I was reading it I thought to myself that it would make an amazing movie, and I just learned that the movie rights were purchased. I look forward to it as well as to reading more of what Erin Morgenstern comes up with in the future.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative and Intriguing I didn't know what to expect from this book ... but in the end, I loved it. The characters were really enjoyable and the story line was unlike anything I had ever read before. I was really impressed and can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2012-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I didn't even bother to read the summary before starting this book, but I wasn't disappointed. The descriptions just made my imagination go wild.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh Wow! This was an amazing book. There's no guessing what's going to happen among all of the magical twists! It was like Willy Wonka for adults (not all candy). I highly recommend.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly magical I can't say enough good things about this book. It left me breathless and blew away all my expectations and any trepidations I had. In one word: magical. You start to question what's magic, what's an illusion, what's real? And the writing is just incredible. An absolutely beautiful debut. You need to experience the Night Circus for yourself. ~~ This review might not be the most coherent but I wanted to sing the praises for The Night Circus a little bit. This book was fantastic. Beautiful. Stunning. But most of all, incredibly magical. Erin Morgenstern did an amazing job at getting across the sheer uniqueness of the Night Circus. The descriptions were spot on and I had a wonderful experience of visualizing the striped tents, smelling the delicious sweets, and feeling the sheer joy in the air. I couldn't get enough of all the acts and incredible performers. All the characters and scenes were so fleshed out it felt almost real, like reading an actual account of this magical appearing circus. The romance can only be described as epic. It spans over years, under stress but only growing. It was incredibly complex and I loved every second that Marco and Celia spent together, doing mundane things like eating dinner or competing in using magic to the best of their abilities. They're constantly circling each other and the circus, becoming so entwined that it becomes impossible to separate them all for how much they come to depend on each other. It's a love that lives on; through generations, through time, through the very space we occupy. Review from my blog: allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! A must read...I really loved it, could not put it down! Can't wait for more books from Erin.
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Great book, especially if you like magic and are able to imagine striking visuals simply by reading.
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exhilarating! This is one of the best book I have ever read. It's so vibrant and different from other plots out there. It transports you to a world where anything is possible and allows you to suspend disbelief in any of its intoxicating situations. I especially loved the author's ability to have you imagine something you would never think of yourself. I relished every single one of those moments. I'll just mention that the story jumps back and forth quite often, but if you stay with it everything makes sense at the end. Some of the characters are not as fully-realized as the author might have hoped, but you still care about them. The setting and attention to sensory detail will dazzle you. Put this on your reading list immediately!
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delightful! I was looking for something light and entertaining when I picked this book up and got swallowed up by the world of Celia and Marco immediately. As enchanting as Le Cirque des Rêves itself!
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting Enchanting. I can think of no better way to describe the Night Circus. It is otherworldly, charming and beautiful. Cannot recommend this enough to lovers of fantasy and magic
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT BOOK! Great first novel! I was deeply captivated by this book and couldn't put it don until I had completed it! Although the ending was a little messy in my opinion, but still highly enjoyable!! It is recommended to anyone wishing to escape their world for a little bit.
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! This gripping story is the best book I have ever read. It's magic, romance, mystery, all laced in black and white. Really, really great!
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated out of 5 by from Elegant and magical The very last page of Erin Morgenstern's stunning debut novel, The Night Circus, (don't worry--I'm not revealing any secrets) is a list of acknowledgments in which she thanks "a number of associates and conspirators behind this book," people without whom the book would not have taken the shape that it did. Although many authors have such acknowledgments pages, in this case I truly believe her. It's not that I think the story is not hers, nor that she could not have written it without help, it's just that the entire novel has a collaborative feel, as though many voices have been heard, many eyes have given their perspective, before the author crafted the perfect, winding narrative. And that's part of the magic of this book. It is one of those rare delights in which the manner of the story telling is the exact compliment to the story itself. The story winds around the narrative, with each small chapter taking place in a different time or place or from a different perspective, yet all leading to the larger picture--the larger experience--of the Circus of Dreams. The subject of the novel--a magical circus that is only open at night and which has many small circular tents arranged in winding circular patterns within a single circular gate--is described perfectly by the non-linear arrangement and fairy tale tone of the book. These are often my favourite stories: ones that could not be told as effectively by any other means. Would Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea (a novel about a town that stops using letters of the alphabet in their daily speech whenever those same letters fall off a statue in the town) have had any impact if the novel itself hadn't followed the pattern of removing letters from its own text as the story progressed? Would Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time been as compelling if it hadn't been written from the point of view of the autistic protagonist? (or Stepehen Kelman's Pigeon English if it hadn't been written in the convincing vernacular of the hero?) For that matter, is it possible to imagine Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine series written as a straight narrative? Some authors just know the right tone and method that best describes their story, best compliments it and brings it to life, like a dancer who knows whether a piece of music is best presented by a tap dance or a ballet. Erin Morgenstern has gotten it just right. I'm not at all surprised that her book has inspired and captivated readers, just as the circus in her novel captivated its audience. http://cozylittlebookjournal.blogspot.com/2011/12/night-circus-by-erin-morgenstern.html
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbinding The genre of the book is not one I would have normally been drawn too. However I enjoyed every page of this story. The author gave us everything we needed to make this story truely magical.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Wonderland This novel is one of the most imaginative novels I've read in a long time. It begins with the opening of the Night Circus, which as it describes, is only open at night. From that moment you are drawn into a 'wonderland'... a place where your imagination takes over and everything else is lost and forgotten. This book does just that. A debut for this author and I found it unbelievably well written. Her composition was so descriptive and creatively expressed it reminded me why I enjoy books more than movies. The narrative is enchanting, the story is mystical and something a child gets lost in, a world that doesn't exist but everyone wishes it did. I highly recommend picking up this book if you are looking for something completely fictionally charming.
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Debut I would give this novel five stars, but I felt a bit cheated. The blurb on the back of the book is a complete and total lie. Don't believe a word of it. There is not head first falling into romance. There is no extreme magical contest. This book is amazing... but not for everyone. If you are the type of person who likes a slow boil to an epic ending, this is the book for you. If you like clueless characters and intense foreshadowing, this is the book for you. The Night Circus centers around Celia and Marco, who were both raised by their respective father figures to compete in a challenge that they only knew of. Neither knew the rules, the setting, or even who their opponents were. In fact, throughout the entire novel, the details of said challenge are vague. All you know is that they both have to show off their abilities to manipulate their surroundings by magic. Erin Morgenstern paints a lovely and very detailed picture of the surroundings and setting of the novel. There were points that I could feel myself walking out of a coffee shop under the pouring rain with a magical umbrella that repels said rain. The only really bothersome problem about the book is how it skips backwards and forwards in time, and also how the actual plot of the novel moves ridiculously slowly. The most astounding part of the novel (and what makes it worth the read) is the ending. Morgenstern managed to make the ending completely unpredictable, making characters who were dismissed at the beginning become quintessential to the summation of the novel. All in all, a good book.
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Absolutely loved this book! Visit my blog for my full review ") http://bookchateau.blogspot.com/2012/01/night-circus-erin-morgenstern.html
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Transcendent ;) This book is through and through an amazing book; from the look of it, to the feel of it, to more importantly the story itself. It's completely enthralling from the first page. The first hundred pages or so seem to pass by incredibly slowly, but it just adds to the magic. You get such a clear picture of every detail that you have no choice but to be mesmerized. The relationships that develop, and the magic of it all is unlike anything else I've ever read. Give this book a try, and stick to it. Even if you feel that you're not getting very far. It will be well worth it.
Date published: 2012-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but not amazing. Before the book: Before reading book, I had been fan-girling for a LONG time! I wanted the book like there was no other. And when I finally had the chance to read it, I jumped on it. First impression: When the story started, I was captivated. I loved the story! It was very unique. I was disturbed by Celia's father, Hector, who taught Celia in the most gorey way. Poor Celia was abused. I got so angry while reading the story, I just want to read on and hope on the ending. When Marco appeared, I REALLY want a happy ending! Marco is just the perfect young English man. I still remember when I read the first chapter, I immediately thought of this book has a similar feel to Water for Elephant. I loved how the story is not base on romance, but magic. As I mentioned before Hector's teaching style is like authoritarian while Alexander, Marco's "teacher" was passive. I love the time setting, the turn of 1800 is just a magical time by itself and when you add real magic to it. It is like an explosion! I love the change in POVs. :) But I'm sad to say that I don't like how there are so many characters that you can lose track of them. Later Into the Book: The story began to slow. Sometimes it feel like I read for hours but never seems to move anywhere. I think this was because the story is very descriptive so it allows the readers to see and feel what Erin wanted the readers to feel. This got in the way of the plot. The story was just like a boat without its orbs, going no where. I was quite disappointed parts of the book where it lacked in action. There was a lot of description, and talking, never anything happening. I was hoping for some SHAZAM! I did love the language used by Erin. As the story progress, I saw what more of Erin's writing and felt in love with . It was the kind of fit between sophistication and simple communication. You just can tell Erin is not just a wannabe writer that just had a good idea for a book. She actually know how to write. Her style is complex but not like you have to read the sentence a few times over to understand it. To tell you the truth I really want to write like that. As I realized how she uses her language, the story became complex. From making the different ways the magicians use their powers to the delicate details of the circus is just so brilliant. I cannot imagine how much planning went into this book! I also really enjoy the conversations between the characters. They were all so witty, serious, and whimsical. I particularly enjoy the conversation between Celia and Marco when they first actually had a full conversation. This is because they seem to converse like two intelligent lawyers arguing in a subtle way, both counter with sassy comments, but you know they were flirting, j'adore! ♥ I love the subtle love story. It was not like a YA novel where it always seems like a forced love; Erin doesn't make the love story appear fast. It was like a slow cooker; it cook at a low temperature but the result was tender food. It was just like the love story, beautiful and exotic in its own way. That said, this love was scattered through the half end because of all the POVs. When I got more into the book, it reminded be of Howl's Moving Castle because of all the magic and the twisted imagination. Sometimes it gets confusing and amazing at the same time. Final Thought: This book was great but it didn't live quite to my expectations. I wanted more actions and "dark magic" feel to it. I want the night to explode with evil clowns and axe killers, but I guess that was not Erin was trying to do. Overall, this book was a 4 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't see what the hype was about... So I heard very good things about this book before it came out. It seemed like everyone was praising it, and I have to say, I don't see why. The book was ok at best. I found the characters very one dimensional with no character or relationship development. The author does describe things beautifully, but it gets really repetitive. Nothing really happens until halfway through the book, and even then, I found the ending to be anti-climactic. She attempts to create an air of mystery that I just didn't feel. The story itself had the potential to be an amazing one, and it unfortunately failed. I can't say I would recommend it.
Date published: 2011-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to read, entertaining and misterious I bought the eBook version to read while commuting. The first thing that caught my eyes about this book is the cover. I got curious and to my surprise I was hook on the book since page one. I love the history between the main characters. Not only the magicians but the reveurs. They are really passionate characters. The author sometimes makes you feel like you're part of the circus. That was really awesome. If you're looking for a great novel by a Canadian writer I must definitely recommend this one. It's for all ages.
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Catching It's been a long time since I've read a completely unique book where the storyline doesn't seem recycled. This is one of those. I couldn't put it down! It's very rarely that I come across a book that I can't guess the ending to but this book surprised me; there are constantly twists and turns that you don't expect. There are a few intersecting storylines and jump a little bit over the years, but surprisingly it's not that confusing. The characters were very rich and were very easy to imagine and the circus itself! Well I won't give too much away you'll have to read the book to see. Seriously, run out and pick up a copy of this book as soon as you can, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I thought this book was absolutely fantastic. held my interest from beginning to end. if you like hunger games or mortal instruments series then you should definitely read this, and even if you don't like those books i still recommend the night circus.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype for me (and a lot don't) 4.5 stars The Night Circus (Le Cirque des Reves) appears at various locations with no notice and leaves just as suddenly. With the circus, there is more going on than one would suppose, in particular between the illusionist, Celia, and Marco, who works behind-the-scenes. Meanwhile, while in Massachusetts, teenage twins from the circus, Poppet and Widget, make friends with a local boy named Bailey. I waffled a bit on the rating, anywhere between 4 and 4.5. Some of the business end of the circus wasn't as interesting, but I loved Bailey and Poppet. Quite liked Marco and Celia, as well. I loved the short chapters that brought the reader in as if they/we are attending the circus. It really did feel magical. What assured the higher rating from me was that I really didn't want it to end. I was sad when the book was done. I am happy that I've found a book that did live up to the hype for me.
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dazzling debut! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is absolutely masterful and after having read it, I can say that it has been without a doubt my favourite book of 2011. The Night Circus is one of those books that you come across very seldom and it's one of those books that leaves a lasting impression on the reader. The kind that you find yourself picking up and reading more than once, and every time you do read it again, another facet of it's brilliance is revealed. The prose is lyrical and almost poetic and with that same sense of fluidity Erin Morgenstern has created a world that leaves the reader with a longing to experience it for themselves. The book is a feast for the senses. As you are reading you feel the silk of a dress worn by one of the performers, taste the food at one of the midnight dinners, or smell the caramel in the air as you walk from tent to tent exploring all of the delights that the circus has to offer. I personally don't understand the comparison to the Harry Potter series. To me, the only thing that they share in common is that they are both written by extremely talented women, on paper, and they both deal with magic! That's it. To say that The Night Circus is the second coming of Harry Potter does a great disservice to both stories. The Night Circus is not a series, but rather one stand alone book. It is a richly written tale that uses the circus itself as a backdrop. It is not a book about magic. It is not a book about vanquishing the most evil wizard of all time. The Night Circus, at the end of the day, is a love story. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is to me, much more than a book. It is an experience to be savoured and treasured by all of those who read it.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Night Circus A wonderful books! It makes you think that magic is really possible. This book has a lot of fantasy elements in it, but it shouldn't deter anyone who isn't a fan of fantasy books. It is a story that weaves magic, love and reality all together in one.
Date published: 2011-11-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a Fan I could not get through this book. I kept waiting for the plot to progress but it just went on an on.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Escapism Besides this books gorgeous aesthetic features (cover art, spine, page designs..), what drew me in and kept me captivated was the atmosphere. Morgenstern's style of writing is delicious, literally. The colors, tastes and sights are all richly woven together to create such a magical and escapist atmosphere that you can't help but get lost in her story. She commands and wield her words with such expertise, always getting it exactly right. The story itself is spellbinding, as well. Marco and Celia are lovable, albeit mysterious characters that you can't help but be drawn too but the supporting characters are just as enticing. The circus itself is just fantastic, with tents/rooms mirroring something out of the most exquisite of dreams. The plot itself is enticing although near the end it left a little something to be desired, perhaps because it lacked that urgency or turmoil, especially in relation to the whole theme of magic and the impossible. But still, this will always be one of my favorite simply because of how it is written and the way it so compliments the style and type of the story. Really worth picking up.
Date published: 2011-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Draws You In The setting, mood and environment of the book is a magical landscape to get lost it, but it's the characters that keep you gripped to this novel. I love how she writes in a way that you can picture the surroundings and add your own vision, her writing does not overpower your imagination but rather more encourages it. I loved the main characters and the relationships between even the smallest of personalities in the book. Recommend for all ages, anyone can enjoy magic :)
Date published: 2011-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical The Night Circus was a magical read, it was written so beautifully and it blew my imagination away as well. I thought this book was great, I read about the book some time ago but I still wasn't really sure what to think of it. The book was very descriptive and it made me clearly see all the images in my head and I loved how the circus was described I wish it was real and I would go at this moment. I don't know about you but my favorite tent in the circus was The Ice Garden. I thought the plot was very interesting as was the characters. My only complaint about this book was that at times it was difficult following some of the time lines and I wish that there was more romance between Celia and Marco, don't get me wrong there was a lot between them but I just wish they had more scenes together. Overall I am so happy to add this to my book shelf and I highly recommend it as well. :0)
Date published: 2011-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish this circus was real!!! "The circus arrives without warning" and so begins an atmospheric tale of the Night Circus and its key players. The circus itself is an amazing spectacle, opening at dusk and closing just before dawn. The entire colour theme is black and white and the different tents are original, enchanting and whimsical. Throughout the novel, Morgentern writes one page interludes, done in first person, as if you were a patron of the circus for the first time. You can literally feel yourself transported, shiving in the ice garden, warmed by the candle lit fire of the wishing tree, smelling the ocean breeze from the pool of tears. And at the heart of it all in an internecine competition between two veyry different, real life magicians. An absolutely wonderful story and definately one of my top 10 reads now :)
Date published: 2011-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Atmospheric This book is getting an enormous amount of hype, and I can understand why. The imagery in this novel is nothing short of amazing. I saw everything pertaining to the circus tents and magic in vivid, crisp black and white perfection, but is that really enough? Where this novel failed for me was with the main storyline of the relationship between Marco and Celia. It felt two dimensional next to the magic of the circus itself. While I felt somewhat connected to them individually, together - nothing. I did not feel a bond between them, I did not feel their love for one another, and by the end, I barely cared what happened to them or the circus. I guess what I'm trying to say is, it was worth the price of admission for the magic show, but if you're looking for a great story about the circus, try Water for Elephants.
Date published: 2011-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning I could not put this work down when I read it, then I read it again right away. I do not think I have been so enchanted by a book since The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It is every once in awhile a gem like this is released and it just stays with you forever. There is no person I would not recommend this book to, I have to admit tho, I am keeping my copy. People will have to buy their own! Sometimes they don't come back, this one is a keeper.
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Book The critics were right when they called The Night Circus a magical, enchanting story. I found the storyline only the secondary appeal of the book. The real wonder is the circus itself. The atmosphere that Morgenstern created is amazing. My favourite chapters were the ones written in first person, they do not follow any of the characters, instead you take the place of a patron discovering a new tent. Morgenstern describes it so well that I can picture it, the smell of caramel in the air and the crunch of gravel under your feet. I wish the Cirques des Reves existed for real. I would recommend reading the book just to experience her imagination. The story line between the main characters was good as well. Celia and Marco are dueling magicians, and the circus is their chessboard. But to the disapointment of their teachers they fall in love. I wouldn't call it a love story, even though the story was focused on how Marco and Celia fall in love. There were too many other amazing characters for it to be just about them. One of my favourites was Baily. I loved the story of the young boy who never quite fit in, falling in love with the circus. His story was inpiring, and reinfoced the idea that everyone has a purpose in life.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ever wonder what an old fashioned 18th century magic circus was like? Read The Night Circus and you will be there yourself. I picked this up a week after it was released. The cover caught my attention with the rich black and sparkling white contrast. The novel flows through a time period of very late 1800's to beginning of the 19th century. The Night Circus is exactly what the novel is about. A beautifully detailed circus that shows up out of nowhere at night in any city or country. The characters are either working in the circus, visitors or investors. You will be introduced to an assortment of characters. They are interesting but not enough is given for the reader to build any sentiments towards them. As mentioned in other reviews Morgenstern's writing is youthful. Easy read that is great for someone who just finished a dense historic novel. Although the writing is amateur it did not affect the reading or the story. It's a magical place the author is taking you to let the writing be easy and flowing. This is exactly what Morgentern did. She takes you to a "circus" and describes all the details in beautiful colours, textures and images. You can picture the circus perfectly! Great read for youths and adults. Right in time for Halloween. It's a great story for this time of the year. Magic, mystery, fun, and delicious caramel popcorn! I love the way she describes exactly what the circus is like. I promise you will like this book for a lighthearted easy read filled with magic and curiosity. You will wonder what is exactly going on at this night circus Grab a comfy seat and glide away to Morgenstern's night circus you will not be disappointed. It will take you away and you will be looking out your window for the giant white and black striped tents.
Date published: 2011-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent I was amazed with The Night Circus. It’s rare that I would read a book not want to change a thing! It was such a fluke finding this gem, and I’m so lucky that I did. This book was life changing. It was beautiful, and whimsical. I can’t even begin to explain how incredibly descriptive this book was. I could picture everything in perfect detail. It was like being there. Every time I picked it up I felt joy and wonder. Erin Morgenstern must have only been thinking of two things when writing this: dream-like, and magical. And the execution was dead on. Definitely read this book. You will not be sorry. It will inspire you in so many different ways.
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Should be categorized as YA This book has a wonderfully constructed aesthetic with a story written around it. The descriptions are vivid, but the writing isn't very strong. The ending is especially flat. I could recommend it to a younger audience.
Date published: 2011-10-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I suspect publisher's hype at work The story contained within this book is truly unique and I admit I appreciate it very much on that level. There are not many tales out there about an unusual competition in a quirky circus. It really is quite lovely. There are, however, some problems with the writing behind said story. There are seemingly two stories occurring at close to the same time before finally completely overlapping one another. This is indicated by the dates which appear under the chapter headers, telling the reader what day, month and year the chapter will be set in as well as the location. This in and of itself should not be a problem, if handled properly, but the time-lines can become somewhat jumbled and at times even inconsistent. Regarding the characters, most of them are very flat and one-dimensional. With others, it's almost as though the author was trying much too hard to make them mysterious or eccentric, with characters smiling slyly or uttering phrases such as, 'You will know in time.' There's also the matter of having too many main characters inside of one book. When you write every character as some sort of lead, it then appears as though there is too much going on with having to focus on each one individually. In fact, most of the characters in this novel were leads and not supporting, which makes the fight for dominance a tad overwhelming. The climax of the book, in contrast, is entirely underwhelming; it's not fully fleshed-out and even though there is an attempt to explain the reasons behind holding the competition (something which the writer needlessly convolutes when it should be something very simple to explain), this reader was left feeling that the point was rather, well...pointless. The book is also, for a change of pace, written in the third-person narrative style with present tense. This doesn't occur too often in books and there's a reason why -- it's the most difficult to pull off and very few actually can. Aside from the fact that the story changes tense several times throughout the novel, it's also much harder to become immersed in the world the author has created, along with the language sometimes becoming quite limited (see below). Now we're getting into actual language and structure. This is not the most poorly-written book out there, not by any means, though it suffers in several areas, the first being -- as mentioned in the title of this review -- laziness. There are far too many incomplete sentences, or sentence fragments, scattered throughout this novel. Here are some examples: 'She tells you facts you already knew. Information you might have guessed. Possibilities you cannot fathom.' 'Instead, and he is not entirely certain why, he keeps the subject alive. Bringing it up as often as possible. Pointing out that he could always go and return to the farm after the fact, that four years is not a terribly long time.' In other instances, sentences are drawn out for far too long, commas separating what should certainly be two separate sentences. At the very least a semi-colon would have been more appropriate, if not an entirely new sentence. Examples: 'It's sort of all jumbled and I don't really like the red bit, when I saw it, it hurt my head.' 'That tree is rooted in the ground, it is a living tree even if it does not have leaves.' Some of the language is overly repetitive at times as well. A lot of this has to do with the narrative/tense, which I previously mentioned. The dialogue is the worst offender, with each character ending off his/her sentence with 'he/she says' or 'he/she asks'. There are times when five or six pieces of dialogue in a row end in the same way, as displayed here: 'That's the Wishing Tree,' Isobel says. 'It's new.' 'I know it's new,' Marco says. 'Why didn't you tell me about it?' 'I haven't had time to write you,' Isobel says. 'And I wasn't even sure whether or not it was something you had done yourself. It seemed like something you might have made. It's lovely, the way wishes are added to it, by lighting candles with ones that are already lit and adding them to the branches. New wishes ignited by old wishes.' 'It's hers,' Marco says. If the writer chose a different tense, it would have opened her up to a much wider array of options which can't be done otherwise. The fact that the book was horribly hyped way prior to its release, and considering that most of the 5-star Amazon reviews I've read seem to read like a copy & paste report, I'm suspecting an air of false acclaim. To reiterate, the story is lovely, but the writing could use some tweaking. ** 1/2 out of *****
Date published: 2011-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical debut The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is certainly creating some buzz lately. So, I was excited to receive a copy and see what all the talk was about. "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Le Cirque des Réves (The Circus of Dreams) Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn." But what visitors don't know is that the circus is a venue for a game. A game between two enigmatic magicians (although they are much more than simple magicians) of indeterminate age and otherworldly skills. Each has chosen a player and trained them for many years. And now that the circus is open, the game begins. The young players, Celia and Marco, are not even sure of the rules, how a winner will be dictated or what the playing should even consist of. And so we follow the circus, the game and the lives of everyone touched by the magic. Where Morgenstern absolutely excels is in imagination. She has conjured up fanciful, magical places and times. Her prose are rich and lush, painting very vivid images. I often found myself rereading these passages and imagining what one of the attractions would be like. For the attractions at the Cirque des Réves are unlike any other. Each tent contains an unfathomable wonder that you may have only dreamed of. I loved the following imagery - books as both vehicle and voyage. "When she opens her eyes, they are standing on the quarterdeck of a ship in the middle of the ocean. Only the ship is made of books, it's sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink. They stand silently together as the ship drifts toward the endless horizon." Where the book fell from a five to a four for me was in the pacing and character development. The first half of the book moved a little too slow for me. I did end up putting it down for a few days. When I picked it back up, the second half moved much faster, with more action and consequences happening. Although Celia and Marco are the main protagonists, there are many, many others integral to The Night Circus. Celia and Marco remained for me attractions - I never became truly invested in their love story or struggles, despite the fairy tale feeling of it all. I found myself drawn to many of the other players, especially Bailey. His character is more tangible and I was able to believe him in him more. This could simply reflect the pragmatic nature of this reader. The Night Circus is a intriguing, inventive foray into a magical world that, deep down, every one of us wishes existed. A very strong debut novel. And a bit of a magical time for Morgenstern - movie rights to The Night Circus have been sold to Summit Entertainment - who also brought you the Twilight movies. It will interesting to see what movie magic can do to reproduce The Night Circus.
Date published: 2011-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanted! A full day after reading the last pages of "The Night Circus" and I am still enchanted by the story. It is absolutely fantastic and amazing. This book is why readers read.
Date published: 2011-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purely Magical!!!! Story Description: In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story. The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic. Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway--a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. My Review: Erin Morgenstern has done it! “THE NIGHT CIRCUS” has definitely lived up to the hype and hoopla. This is a purely magical and enchanting story that will fit the bill for every reader. The prose is beautiful but not too simplistic, the fantasy images are easily understood and so vivid and almost real. The descriptive narrative is so clear and concise that one’s mind easily slips into the circus at night as you experience the words on the page with such clarity and vividness that it’s startling. The love story that takes place between two illusionists is at once real and tempered with just the right amount of verbage to keep you guessing and wondering to the end. It’s fairy-tale atmosphere that makes this romance a slow-burning ride to the conclusion. The Night Circus was utterly flawless and Ms. Morgenstern is well on her way to becoming a well-known, respected, and talented author. For a debut novel, it surpassed the mark by millions!!
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical and absolutely brilliant. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is wonderfully magical, exciting and surprising. Bundled in a beautiful black hardcover, featuring beautiful cover art that features Les Cirque De Reves, this story takes a life of it's own. Imagine this: The circus appears out of no where You have no idea when and where it came from, but it's there. The tents are tall and are striped in black and white, odd colors for any traveling circus. You walk up to the entrance and notice a sign. "Les Cirque Des Reves. Opens at Nightfall, Closes at Dawn." The Circus of Dreams. You repeat it to yourself, almost in a dream state, but then you remember... "Nightfall to Dawn?", you question. "How is that even possible? What circus is that?" But then you wait, excitement moving through your bones, and dusk finally arrives. A few moments later the luminescent bulbs surrounding the tents flicker to life, slowly and surely. The Cirque Des Reves sign lights up like a million stars and you are quickly welcomed by a fortune teller, tamers, a contortionist and an illusionist. Later that night you leave the circus without knowing where reality begins and where the dream ends. Can you tell how much I loved this book? I couldn't help myself from writing out my very own little introduction (the one above). I simply adored it! There have been only a few novels that have pushed me into revealing the inner fan girl within and The Night Circus gladly places itself on that very short list. The Night Circus takes place mostly in London though the scenery does change as the circus travels. It begins with Celia and Marco, two children who know not of the other and are destined to compete with each other head to head in the future. What is the competition? No one knows, not even Celia and Marco. The only ones holding that information are Celia's father and Marco's teacher. The tale moves forward fluidly, the years going by as both Celia and Marco grow and the plot thickens. What I didn't expect, and was extremely excited to find in The Night Circus, was the magical and some-what paranormal aspect. I had assumed that it would be a simple tale about a circus and it's folk, perhaps a little mystery entwined. The Night Circus was not that, though it did hold a very firm mystery all on it's own, which still has me pondering though I have finished the novel. By far one of my favorite things about The Night Circus was the very slow and progressing romance. It was swoon worthy while not being overly fluffy - very refreshing for a reader who has been doused with romantic sappiness in the past. There's no instant connection, in fact, the two couples in question don't even meet each other immediately. It actually takes them quite a bit of time to meet and even consider the other as a potential love interest. The pace, though incredibly trying to get accustomed to, is worth all the patience in the world because the development and climax are completely and totally worth it. In fact, upon completely the novel, I can definitely say that there is room for another though I'm not quite sure if it'll ever happen. The Night Circus has been claimed by reviewers to be the next Harry Potter because of it's magical prose and it being turned into a big screen adaptation by Summit Entertainment. I can not tell you how wrong they are. The Night Circus is something completely new all on it's own and should be left as such. The Night Circus, though it's pace a little hard to get accustomed to, proved to be a wonderfully magical, romantic, and mysterious read good enough for young adult and adults alike.
Date published: 2011-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! How do I even begin sharing my thoughts on this book? This intricately woven story has completely swept me away. The story moves back and forth through time, with many people & pieces and yet they all fit together perfectly. At the heart of it, is the story of love and sacrifice, believing in the unimaginable possibilities the world has to offer. The author's writing has a depth that encaptured all my senses- I was truly transported into The Night Circus and when I had to stop reading because my "real" life interrupted, like the patrons in the book, I rushed to go back as soon as possible. I long for sweet carmel apples, and chocolate mice, a red scarf and a silver card that gives me unlimited admission. I wish this Circus was real. This is not a book I will soon forget, and I hope the feeling that came over me as I finished the final line of the story, will stay with me, I'll hold on to it as long as I can. Highly Recommended -One of my favourites....ever. www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the BEST Books of the Year Every so often a book comes along that is so amazing that you want walk around thrusting it into everyone's hands. The Night Circus is one of those books. I want to go around and convince everyone they should read this book – friends, family members, complete strangers on the subway. The story is one of two young magicians – Celia and Marco. As children their eccentric guardians binded them together in a life long duel. As they aged, unbeknownst to them, their duel encompassed all that they did and all those that they knew. Their stage was the Night Circus. A mysterious and magical circus that traveled the world and only opened after dark. Everything has been set up perfectly but their was one thing their guardians could have never expected. - that Celia and Marco would fall head over heels in love. Everything about this book is absolutely beautiful. There is no place that sounds more magical and more enchanting than the Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern has really drawn on all your senses when crafting this beautiful setting. It really feels like you are right in the middle of the circus. If you close your eyes you can picture the gorgeous black tents, the smell of the concessions, the sense of awe that would radiate through the crowds. In addition the setting it is also completely effortless to fall in love with the characters. Just like the circus themselves they all exude magic and mystery. Celia is particular is my favourite. As the circus illusionist and a true magician there is never a dull moment. She has an absolutely charming personality and she is the definition of a pure character – guided by love and dedicated to the Circus and all who reside within it. I found the relationship between her and Marco inspiring. All odds were against them and it thrived despite everything their guardians did to stop it. This is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. I got so swept up in the story and the characters and the setting that I missed my subway stop...twice. Erin Morgenstern`s skillful writing will transport you to a world you never imagined existed. Sure you've been to the circus before, but there's never been a circus like this one. The magic and mystery isn't just brought into the circus, it's woven into every tent, every piece of popcorn every spark of the bonfire. This review was originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books --http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-night-circus-by-erin-morgenstern.html
Date published: 2011-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next big book! If you dont like it, its because you did'nt read it right! An enchanting read that transports you back in time to an era where the industrial revolution, with its advances in technology, is tempered by the imagination and magic woven by the Night Circus. I myself have become a Rêveur and was taken away on a journey. Morgenstern captivated me with her vivid descriptions, endearing characters and unique style. At times an observer, others as a participant, Morgenstern managed to awake all my senses, allowing me to smell, feel and see all the magic the Night Circus had to offer.
Date published: 2011-08-06

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The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 7.99 × 5.17 × 1.08 in

Published: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385671733

ISBN - 13: 9780385671736

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ANTICIPATION The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick. But it is not open for business. Not just yet. Within hours everyone in town has heard about it. By afternoon the news has spread several towns over. Word of mouth is a more effective method of advertisement than typeset words and exclamation points on paper pamphlets or posters. It is impressive and unusual news, the sudden appearance of a mysterious circus. People marvel at the staggering height of the tallest tents. They stare at the clock that sits just inside the gates that no one can properly describe. And the black sign painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, the one that reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn "What kind of circus is only open at night?" people ask. No one has a proper answer, yet as dusk approaches there is a substantial crowd of spectators gathering outside the gat
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From the Publisher

In this mesmerizing debut, a competition between two magicians becomes a star-crossed love story.

The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway - a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.


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About the Author

ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as "fairy tales in one way or another." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two very fluffy cats.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

A Globe and Mail Best Book "A book that stops you in your tracks, a book [that]… tears you open and leaves you gasping…. A book that makes the hair on your arms stand on end, and that has you picking up the phone or sending a text to tell everyone you know, ''You have to read this.''… One of those rare, wonderful, transcendent books that, upon finishing, you want to immediately start again…. The Night Circus welcomes all visitors." — The Globe and Mail "It''s a world whose mystique and enigma is hard to shake off, and that invites multiple visits." — National Post "Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing. Morgenstern - in much the same way as her cast of magicians and performers might - builds a fantastic creation out of words and spells and ink and paper and the power of imagination. And like her colorful characters, she''s not dealing in illusions and sleight of hand. This is real magic." — The Seattle Times "So should you read Erin Morgenstern''s debut novel, The Night Circus ? The short answer: Yes. The book is engaging and magical, entrancing the reader every step of the way." — The Huffington Post "…deliciously inventive…" — The Scotsman "Read The Night Circus and be mystified, finish it, as breathless as an aerialist, and you''ll want to start again… you won''t want to miss this amazing book." — The Missourian "With a showman''s flourish in an opening paragraph, author Morgenste
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