Thursday, February 26, 2015

Night Circus

Book: Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern

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 Reves," 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 per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.-Goodreads

Review: Have you ever wished you read a book without knowing anything about it? That is the case here. I read the book summary on Goodreads and was super excited to read a book about a dueling magicians. I was expecting the literary version of The Prestige....oh how wrong I was. One of the magicians doesn't even know who the other is for about 10 years and the 'competition' consists of them trying to outdo each other creating beautiful things around the circus. No one (including the reader) knows why they are competing, what the competition really is and how it ends for the majority of the book.  The characters were extremely flat and I felt no emotion toward any of them. Now, that being said this was beautifully written (very descriptive) and I could really imagine the circus coming to life. 

Grade: 2.5/5

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