Book Review

Book Review- The Night Circus

Book: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism

First Published: September 13, 2011

Spoilers ahead

I am actually glad that I didn’t know what this book is about before I read it. Before I continue, this is what this book is about:

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. Goodreads

The Story

I just read that blurb I copy-pasted. I didn’t know that this story is about the “fierce competition” between Marco and Celia. I thought this is about The Night Circus or Le Cirque des Rêves (name of the circus). How it began and how it will end.

The entire time I thought that this “fierce competition” is just a side story. But I think it’s my fault. I didn’t really pay attention to the beginning of the story since I was listening to it while working and it took me, I think a week, or so before I started listening to it again.

If I’m going to review this book based on that blurb, I think this is a miss, story-wise. This book, with all of those multiple POVs, sounded more about the circus and not about Marco and Celia. Yes, they are a vital part of the circus but this book made it like they are just one part of the cast of characters that you must know to enjoy and understand Le Cirque des Rêves. Marco and Celia rarely even see each other throughout this book. They only managed to get together around a few chapters before this story ended. And if you are waiting for that whole gist about that “fierce competition”, then sorry buddy, that didn’t happen. It ended fine, at least in the context of this book. Very Shakespearean which is really annoying since it was kinda hinted, based on how much Celia likes Shakespeare. So what happened to our fierce competitors didn’t even surprise me.

With that in mind, it was a no for me.

But, if you are asking me about my thoughts before I read that blurb, I have to say that I liked the flow of the story, albeit it felt really slow. That circus really felt magical for me, I oftentimes catch myself stopping whatever it is I was doing because I was concentrating on the details of the scenes. The beginning parts are a bit boring but it became interesting after that first death.

I found the whole thing about Bailey and Poppet way more interesting than that about Marco and Celia. That conflict at the end was fine but I have to admit it was a bit boring for me. I was thinking of something intense. The ending was acceptable. I still have some unanswered questions in mind, but overall, it was good.

The Characters

This book has too many characters. But of course, we have to focus on Celia and Marco. Other than them being powerful, what else is there? Nothing. As I mentioned, I found Bailey genuinely more interesting since I know more about him than I do with Marco.

As for Celia, I enjoy imagining what dresses she is wearing but other than that, nothing. I was even more curious about Isobel than her.

See the detachment I have with our protagonist? I was more concerned with the circus and if Bailey will see Poppet again. I didn’t really care what will happen to either Marco or Celia.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. Despite me not being a fan of the idea that the blurb sounds misleading, I genuinely enjoyed this book. I think what saved it for me was how I was interested in the circus and the other characters. It gave me enough room to just ignore those I don’t really care about.

I also love the descriptions and I genuinely would love to visit Le Cirque des Rêves if it were a real circus.

I can recommend this to anyone who is looking for something magical to read. But, if you read that blurb. I think you might not like this book as much.

What about you? What do you think of this book?

There you go. Also, the 4 stars are based on me comparing my feelings to the other books I read in the past. I have a different rating system in my head. I’m sure some of you guys have as well.

Anyway, thank you so much for reading. This review is written in a rush since I was hoping to post this on March 05,2022. Just a personal thing. So, I hope you’ll excuse any typos and grammatical errors.

That is it for now. Back to work I go!

I’ll talk to you next week!

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