The Night Circus

The Night Circus

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Apr 25, 2019

This book is reading outside the box for me. It was recommended by a friend, so I gave it a try. I liked the story line and the characters more than I expected. The ending, however, was disappointing for me. I did not see the "passing on" of the circus to a new lovable person as a "gift". Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

While the world building is amazing, and the circus is particularly unique and fun to read about the plot is dated and uninteresting. A love story similar in style to Twilight or 50 Shades, it no longer hits the mark in 2019. The plot itself is weak and underdeveloped, nothing really starts to happen until 1/2 way in. Then once things start to happen the big question becomes Why? Nothing is really explained in the way it should be, and come the end of the novel I wondered why we wasted half the book just talking about the circus if it ultimately had nothing to do with the story.

Feb 21, 2019

This book is magical. I enjoyed the characters and the writing style.

Jan 25, 2019

You cannot imagine the wonder of this book. Others have said much of it already, so I'll keep it brief: READ THIS BOOK.

Jan 25, 2019

This book a phenomenon of writing; it quickly zoomed to my favorite authors list. But since she copywrited/printed it in 2011 and hasn't published a second book, I fear that she is a "one-book-wonder."

JCLHebahA Dec 31, 2018

Magical, ethereal, and vivid. Heavier on atmosphere than plot, but I'm the kind of reader who is OK with that. I'd tried reading this before in fits and starts, which just didn't work--it's a story that needs a dedicated chunk of time to get into, and I'm so glad I gave it the space to finally steal me away.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 06, 2018

*The Night Circus* is a remarkably imaginative and poetic first novel by a young woman with an unlimited future. If you already miss the glowing words of Ray Bradbury, one of his successors is here.

Celia and Marco have been chosen by their fathers from a very young age to be part of a competition of magic. The fathers are old rival “wizards,” of sorts. The children are living out the rivalry of their fathers, although neither child knows about the other until they are teenagers and go to work performing in and creating Le Cirque des Reves – the Circus of Dreams. The Circus itself is the game board of the competition; but the game the young couple chooses to play is not the one their fathers intend.

Le Cirque des Reves is a character in itself, all designed in black and white with the very tiniest of highlights in red. There is no Big Top; instead there are dozens of smaller tents with individual performers or artistic portrayals. You can stay all night in one tent or wander into several. And of course, it is only open from sundown to sunup, because it is the Night Circus. A book full of wonder.

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

This book is on my list of books I wish I could read again for the first time. So beautiful.

Nov 21, 2018

This is one of my favorite books of all time. The magical system in this book is so unique and refreshing from the typical magical fantasy novel. The story is about two accomplished magicians who compete by training their apprentices to compete with each other. The one whose apprentice wins becomes the best magician of all time. As the apprentices initially train together they get to know each other. When they are ready to compete the situation chosen for them to compete in is a circus around the turn of the century.
There are other amazing performers in the circus. The characters are believable & unique, which creates different relationships and intrigue. The POV changes in the novel so you get to know many characters. The plot twists and turns as it becomes a competition between the cooperating apprentices and the competition set up by their sponsers.
The uniqueness of the novel threw me a tiny bit in the beginning since I expected the same old things. I quickly got drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. I am glad she is coming out with another novel. I can't wait to see what she will create next. I'd give this a million stars if I could.

Oct 23, 2018

I felt like this book had a lot of potential, and I liked the idea of it, but overall it didn't really grip me. There were a lot of characters that I would have liked to know more about, I just didn't feel lost in the magic of it all.

Sep 10, 2018

Magical story! Great story-telling and unique plot and characters.

Jul 28, 2018

Slow, a little hard to follow, generally "meh."

A truly magical book! It is easy to follow, and keeps you to the edge of your seat the whole time. :)

Mar 26, 2018

Truly one of the most wonderful magical books I've had the pleasure of reading.

Mar 21, 2018

This book felt.... meaningless and empty. I couldn't bring myself to care about the plot or the characters. The whole setup for this whole game thing was empty and contrived.
Marco and Celia had this weird insta-love that I could not care less about. Their characters are completely flat and undergo literally no development for the whole 30 odd years the book covers.
I didn't even enjoy the "magic" or whatever it was at all! There was little to no world building thought behind the "magic" and its system, and it just annoyed me. I also have no idea how Marco's magic works or how he even learned to use it based on his lessons with the stupid grey dude.
So much of this book is description, description, description. In many books, I do not mind this, but the Night Circus and its plethora of lengthy, slow descriptions did absolutely nothing for me. I was never drawn to it, it never seemed magical or mystical to me. Some parts were cool, sure. The concept is cool, sure. But half of this book was an unnecessary description that just made me want to skim.
The timeline was confusing, and I'm sure I could have paid more attention and done just fine but I just didn't care enough to bother.
Poppet and Widget were kind of annoying but not too bad. They were like manic pixie dream... twins? Bailey was the decentest character in the book, I guess.
This meh review sums up my meh feelings for this meh book.
Anyways. 2 freaking stars or whatever.

ArapahoeDagmar Mar 16, 2018

There is a reason for the rave reviews of this book. It is beautifully written, full of magic realism and a gentle love story. Even though it follows two different timelines, they seamlessly tie into each other at the end (a little bit of patience is required). I simultaneously read and listened to the audio at the same time, and must say that the audio didn't disappoint either. Great narration by Jim Dale!

Mar 01, 2018

I really enjoyed how easy and fun this story was. It was clear and I could follow it easily. There where times that I could predict what was to come and I would be right, but wasn't done so that I won't want to continue reading and see how the author chose to reveal my prediction. I fell in love with the characters and the setting. I loved the way the author twisted joy and fate and love and friendship and sadness together into a wonderful story. It fead my imagination.

Dec 11, 2017

This is, By Far, my favorite Stand Alone Novel. I listened to the audiobook, then relistened... then read the book. Then purchased the book. I want every different copy there ever was!

What a fantastical journey Erin has taken us on. The Romance is perfectly sweet. The magic is more than I could have imagined it would be.

If I could go to anywhere in a book (besides Hogwarts, of course) it would be to the Cirque De Reves. I am a Reveur for life.

Red Roses, Em

michellejon Oct 29, 2017

Loved every incredible fantasy adventure with spectacular magical illusions!

Oct 12, 2017

Love this book, it is a page turner! The author's descriptive ability is impressive and made the book come to life. Bloody recommend.

Aug 25, 2017

A great choice for literary teens. No sex on the page, minimal violence (especially in terms of the age of Hunger Games). The time element requires a sophisticated ability to track multiple stories. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Aug 10, 2017

This was a remarkable book - recommend it highly.

madmos Jul 17, 2017

To be completely honest, I was not excited about reading this book because I am thoroughly disinterested by circuses. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. It was utterly magical - and not just for circus enthusiasts. Dynamic characters, life-long rivalries, and a romance at the heart of it all. Not your regular circus, and not your regular book.

DoctorWh0 Jul 14, 2017

A fantastically well written book by a first time author. The books is both beautifully written and full of suspense. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is A tug of war between two magicians over the fate of a mysterious circus. The imagery and the descriptions make this an unforgettable read. The fantasy elements take a back seat to the overall story. I hope to follow this author for years to come.

Jun 10, 2017

One of the most descriptive and magical books I've ever read.

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