Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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7ajxiqtTitle: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Adult, Magical Realism

Date Published: September 13, 2011 by Doubleday

Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Synopsis: 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 lvies 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.


“The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

I’m so glad that I finally read this. It was absolutely beautiful. I loved the writing style so much. Erin Morgenstern is a mastermind with her words and the way she structures her sentences. The whole book was so flowery and full of wonderful prose that I was left in awe. I would read this woman’s old high school essay’s just to get more of this amazing writing.

Now, as for the book and story itself, I really enjoyed it. The story was compelling and the characters were interesting. I loved the setting, the magical realism was fascinating and the circus was so atmospheric. I had absolutely no problem visioning everything.

The characters were all really well done, I especially loved our two main characters Celia and Marco. I thought they were absolutely adorable together and I liked that their love didn’t feel rushed or out of nowhere. It developed wonderfully. I enjoyed seeing them growing up as kids and preparing for the competition.

Celia, when she got older, kind of got on my nerves at first. She was really whiny and childish but by the end she had really grew on me and the decision she made was remarkable and so selfless. All the props for that one.

I absolutely adored Marco. He was my favorite character in the entire book. I liked that he had a sort of innocence to him and he wore his heart on his sleeve and the way he was just so passionate and the way he loved Celia was just so stinking cute.

“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.”

“But you built me dreams instead.”

They are just so freaking adorable that I cannot stand it.

The other characters were great as well, everyone played an important part in the story. I especially liked the twins Widget and Poppet. 

My only complaint about this book was that the pacing wasn’t consistent. The beginning was great but a good chunk of the middle was incredibly slow and then the ending was good up until the very end where it felt rushed. If it would’ve been paced like the beginning throughout this would’ve been perfect.

Overall, a beautiful and magical story that I would definitely recommend.

My Rating:


If you have read this book, please do let me know what you thought!


Author: Jamie @therebelliousreader

I run on words and coffee.

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