The Night Circus Review

thenightcircus1 Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern

Blurb (GR): 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.

 

I expected a lot from this book, and what this book only fulfilled half of those expectations. I really wanted a lot of adventure from this book, and I got only romance, and a really confusing plot. Half the time, I had no idea what was going on. It was like reading, The Raven Boys all over again. And I really didn’t enjoy that book.

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Celia Bowen – We (as in the readers) only know part of Celia’s life. She used to live with her mother, but when she was 5 years old, Celia’s mother commits sucide leaving Celia to her father. Her father as known as Pospero the Magician, but real name is Hector. Hector owns a circus, who is very famous. He is actually a real magican, but  his power is very limited compared to his daughter.

 

From the start, I liked Celia. The first scene when she displays her magic, she shows that she is tough, and strong. She’s always pressured to be the best magician. How she witholds her father like that is amazing. When she grows up, she still is strong. But that changes when she see’s Marco. For some reason, when she is with Marco she seems to reside into another version. But, she still is smart.

 

Marco – Marco is probably one of my favorite characters in the book. He is very strong, and very sensible. And practical. And his love and for Celia is cute. The only problem (yea, I have problems with everyone) is that I wish he was more determined. He should have kept on bugging Mr. A.H. It would’ve shown that he is more determined, and likes to persevere. Perseverance is a good feature for a character.

My inital actor seeing him, was that he’s depressed. And that’s what that looked like at first. All study, work, and no play. But I guess after meeting Celia, he turns rather bright. And is happy. In all the scene’s with Isoble I never see him act so happy, than he is with Celia.

 

Hector Bowen – Ugh I hate this guy. He has a negative impact on our main protagonist, as I explained above. But I just hate the way, he considers her daughter’s life a game. I suppose he’s an evil villain. I feel like he’s the type of guy that will do torture kids, just to prove that he’s the best. Oh wait he alread did that. He does not change whatsoever. He still stays the same. But, what I like about this particular villain is that he’s just evil. No tragic past. Which I’m so tired of.  H’es just evil, period. 

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Celia Brown has been bound to a game, she has no idea about. She is a magician, the strongest her father has ever known. Skip to a few years later, Celia is grown up, and working in The Night Circus as a illusionist , looking for her opponent. Her opponent is the handsome Marco. Both find themselves falling hopelessly in love with each other. But, when they find out how to win the game, they must make a desicon that could impact their lives forever.

A lot of romance comes in to this novel, and that’s one of the reason’s I don’t like this book. I really don’t see the chemistry between Marco and Celia. In fact, I find it impossible that they fell in love. Celia hardly saw Marco, and Marco… well he kind of stalked Celia, but not enough to fall in love. I think it’s the love-at-first sight, which is kind of cliche. There was a lot of cliche things in this book, that I resented.

At first, The Night Circus grappled me into a story in the 20th century. But after a while, it became really boring. The plot twists I saw coming. And I really hate predictable stories. I was waiting, and waiting, for what? For something interesting to happen. It was too predictable, or just boring.

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The voice might just be the best thing about the book. Since, it was set in the 20th century it had a proper set to it. But, it also had a tone of mystery, that I feel like so many book try to achieve. They either end up trying too much, or not even getting close to it at all.

I also liked how the mood, and voice changed when the characters P.O.V changed, It was interesting.

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