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#BookReview | The Night Circus

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.”

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way—a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, 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.

As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved—the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them—are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.

But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.

Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.


I really don’t know what I can add in my review that hasn’t been said about this book. This is not a book you rush through. It’s a sumptuously written book; it’s one you savor, one you take your time with and enjoy the nuance of each sentence.

I loved the characters of Celia, Marco, Poppy, and Widget so much! I was captivated with them and couldn’t wait to see just how the challenge would resolve itself. And then it resolved in a spectacular though heartbreaking way!

But seriously, can I go live in the circus?? It sounds amazing! I would settle for be a Revuer (not sure how to spell it??), following the circus around from town to town.

There’s just so much about this book that was amazing, and I’m honestly shocked that it took me so long to read it. I don’t know what is the matter with me. I would eye this book in the store for years and not get it. Why, past self? Why?

This was probably one of my favorite reads this year!

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6 Comments

  1. Great review! I’m glad you enjoyed this one that much. I just loved the descriptions and writing in general and you’re right: I would love to live or at least visit that circus! I actually got a copy in Dutch last year just so I’ll have another excuse to reread it. (Although I might end up rereading it in English if the struggle is too big haha)

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      • I’m a bit afraid I won’t like the writing style as much in Dutch, as happens most of the time with translated books in the first time… The minute I feel this way, I pick up my English version instead. 😉 And I know right? There are so many pretty versions of this book out there!

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  2. Brandie says

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed it so much! This is one I too put off for years and once I read it I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner! Such a great book.

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