Review: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

img_2408 “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.” 

Welcome to Le Cirque Des Reves. Night Circus is a story about a magical circus that only opens at sundown and closes at sunrise each day. The black and white stripped tents hold all kids of displays and shows for your senses and imagination to feast on.

The story follows two main characters, Celia and Marco. Both are illusionists born with a natural magical ability that nobody quite understands. Neither of them quite yet know it, but they have both been entered into a secret magical competition by their teachers years ago when they were children which is to play out within the tents of the Night Circus.

As the circus travels around the world fascinating the masses, Celia and Marco soon realize they are each other’s competition and adversary. As they try to constantly top the other in magical ability, they also quickly develop a romantic relationship. All the while, their respective masters/teachers are still trying to manipulate the magical competition between the two.

So…I had such high hopes for this book. It has a ton of fantastic 4 & 5 star reviews on Goodreads. And yet… I didn’t like it at all. I will say that I can totally understand how people love this story, I can see how it can be a wonderful read for some people…it just wasn’t for me. Night Circus definitely had potential for me with the amazing setting of a magical, mystifying circus…it just failed to deliver in plot and character development.

If you are the type of reader who loves very descriptive, beautiful scenery…this book definitely does not disappoint in that aspect, and you’ll probably enjoy this.  I could practically smell the caramel and cinnamon wafting through the black and white striped tents of the circus. The writing was quite beautiful and vivid. There just wasn’t much of a plot for me. I mostly found myself feeling bored and often skimming over the flowery descriptions waiting for something to happen….only nothing really did. The characters were also very very bland and flat to me. None of them felt real or authentic. Overall, the book was a big disappointment for me, even though I can still appreciate the beautiful & descriptive writing.

My rating: 2/5 Stars


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