A Little Bit of Background
Erin Morgenstern is a best-selling author, who is most famous for the book we are currently reviewing. She actually wrote The Night Circus during the span of 3 NaNoWriMos. She never thought of herself as a writer growing up, but did enjoy writing little random things here and there. She does not have any formal writing training, but that doesn't stop her from doing what she is passionate about.
As for the story, The Night Circus takes place in the late 1800's to early 1900's. It is definitely about a circus, but there's more to it than that. The circus is but a backdrop to the more unknown part of the world. You could call it magic, but not sure that would be the right word. There is an array of colorful characters, but the two you pay most attention to are Celia and Marco. They are children that are destined to have a life-long dual with each other until they decide that they might actually have feelings towards one another. For more on The Night Circus, guess you just have to read the rest.
What Was Enjoyable
There was just so much to enjoy about this book! First off, I don't think I have ever said this, at least in my book review but I loved the cover. The cover artwork just pulls you right in. I actually remember seeing this book a few years ago and thinking how marvellous the cover was. And when I saw it sitting on the shelf of my local bookstore, I couldn't resist.
Readers will also appreciate the cast. This book, as stated earlier, has a threshold of characters who are each unique in their own way. Wehn reading, one starts guessing how he or she is going to play in the whole scheme of things and what powers they are able to develop.
The imagery in this book was to die for! Whenever I read, I always paint a picture of the scenes, the characters and so forth. When reading this book, my imagination completely ran wild! There was just so much to picture and think about and I found it very cool that Erin was able to come up with these places and people. It's a true talent!
What Was Least Enjoyable
One can appreciate when time is important to the story. I know that I like to know when things happen at what age the character is, etc. But, I felt like I got lost with the time jumps. At first, it was a problem. But then we started moving back and forth in the middle, and I found myself looking back at the previous chapters to figure out the age of the characters and the circus. It wasn't the most horrible thing, but I felt like there was a little much, but it did not take away from the story.
I'm not going to lie, I was a little confused on how Celia and Marco fell for each other. They knew each other on occasion, but I did not understand how their relationship went from "you are my rival" to "I love you."It kind of felt like a Romeo and Juliet type of situation, a more love at first sight kind of deal, which I'm not the biggest fan of. I wish there was more build up to that relationship, but it was nice seeing how they were growing after they came to profess their love for one another.
Other than that, it was a really good read.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. I'm not someone who is into reading about mythical things, but this one really surprised me. I enjoyed every chapter and it was definitely something hard for me to put down. I'm glad I was able to read it and I hope you will get a chance too!
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