The Night Circus was published this year, with tons of buzz from the blogging world. So I still don't understand why it took me so long to finally start reading it. You see, that turned out to be a huge mistake that I actually kind of regret. 4 out of 5 stars.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4 out of 5 stars
Out with 15,000+ ratings
Summary from 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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
The one thing that I love about this novel is Erin's ability to weave a magical plot. There are so many perspectives from so many different timesthat end up weaving together. Each person has a story that Erin coaxes out, a secret no longer. Surprises you don't expect, twists not foreseen, turns not known and things of magic are all courtesy of Erin. This plot is pure perfection, absolutely ravishing.
The romance between Marco and Celia is fragile and beautiful,an absolute treasure. I love the intensity of it. It is simply marvelous. They make the perfect couple,with personalities that complement each other. I love reading about them. Major swoons coming up! So sweet!
Not only that, but the characters themselves are created perfectly. Celia is easily tempered and very awesome. Marco tends to think things out more, but of course he's also very awesome. But I was most interested in the contortionist, Tsukiko. She has a story, a secret, a past, that you don't really figure out. And that makes her very mysterious indeed.
The Night Circus is so unique. The reader can't imagine how Erin managed to think up such interesting ideas, from the Ice Garden to the Wishing Tree. Everything is in the Night Circus and the Night Circus only. It is truly the only book where imagionation runs free and is allowed to. It is magically imagined,the perfect circus book for any thinker to encounter.
So to conclude,anyone and every one should read this book. It is a true gem of a novel.