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Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

18. February 2018


Fantasy/Romance/Historical Fiction

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:

Opens at Nightfalll
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.






It is rare to find those books where you are absolutely devoted to the story and feel like you could live in it forever without wanting to leave. The Night Circus is equally brilliantly written and incredibly interesting, and it kept me interested throughout its 400 pages.

The wonders of this book is mostly because of the mystery surrounding this circus and the characters that are both inside and outside of it. Of course eventually every character has something to do with the circus one way or another, but it was a book that surprised me, and trying not to sound smug, that doesn’t happen often. I read the book in a matter of days, because it was so interesting, but all the while I was constantly distracted by the descriptive writing of the book.

There’s A LOT of description. And all though it’s a good thing, this felt kind of dragged out in a way; all though it wasn’t. So understand me right; I was bored because I felt like I read pages upon pages on description, but at the same time they had to be there. So, for me, personally, I’m giving it a 4 star because I wish there were something that really made this book memorable.

That being said, it’s still an incredibly well written book, and I loved how that second-pov, which was amazingly done – but I also found those “surprise” chapters with the narration of how you move inside the circus. It was like walking through the tents, seeing it all with my own two eyes. And I liked the characters, and I loved how Morgenstern was able to make flawed characters that we understood, and that we felt like we could understand. It’s really a good read, and I approve! (Not that you would take my approval as anything serious).

I feel like I need to read this book several times, because I think it’s a book that grows on you!

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