The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published: September 13, 2011
Hardcover: 387 pages
Source: purchased at Barnes & Noble
My Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis (from GoodReads): The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, 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. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
My Thoughts: I loved this book, but I don't know how to do a review on it. It was everything that I thought it would be: filled with magic, mystical, great characters, a wonderful love story, a duel. It was all there! I just don't know what to write about it! To try and describe or review this book just seems like something I can't do. I really did love it and it was a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down and found myself being swept up in the story. I typically don't like books that are filled with desciptions, but this book broke that notion for me. I couldn't get enough of the descriptions and wanted more! I became a reveur, just like those crazed fans in the book. I wanted to follow this story wherever it was going and was so sad to see it end.
The only way I can think to describe this book is to compare it to the best piece of cheesecake that you've ever had: wonderfully decadent, rich, and wanting more after the last bite. I don't know if that counts as a review, but that's the only way I can think to describe Erin Morgenstern's magnificent first novel.