The Night Circus

The Night Circus

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780385671729
Characteristics: 1 online resource (387 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oct 23, 2018

I felt like this book had a lot of potential, and I liked the idea of it, but overall it didn't really grip me. There were a lot of characters that I would have liked to know more about, I just didn't feel lost in the magic of it all.

Sep 10, 2018

Magical story! Great story-telling and unique plot and characters.

Jul 28, 2018

Slow, a little hard to follow, generally "meh."

A truly magical book! It is easy to follow, and keeps you to the edge of your seat the whole time. :)

Mar 26, 2018

Truly one of the most wonderful magical books I've had the pleasure of reading.

Mar 21, 2018

This book felt.... meaningless and empty. I couldn't bring myself to care about the plot or the characters. The whole setup for this whole game thing was empty and contrived.
Marco and Celia had this weird insta-love that I could not care less about. Their characters are completely flat and undergo literally no development for the whole 30 odd years the book covers.
I didn't even enjoy the "magic" or whatever it was at all! There was little to no world building thought behind the "magic" and its system, and it just annoyed me. I also have no idea how Marco's magic works or how he even learned to use it based on his lessons with the stupid grey dude.
So much of this book is description, description, description. In many books, I do not mind this, but the Night Circus and its plethora of lengthy, slow descriptions did absolutely nothing for me. I was never drawn to it, it never seemed magical or mystical to me. Some parts were cool, sure. The concept is cool, sure. But half of this book was an unnecessary description that just made me want to skim.
The timeline was confusing, and I'm sure I could have paid more attention and done just fine but I just didn't care enough to bother.
Poppet and Widget were kind of annoying but not too bad. They were like manic pixie dream... twins? Bailey was the decentest character in the book, I guess.
This meh review sums up my meh feelings for this meh book.
Anyways. 2 freaking stars or whatever.

ArapahoeDagmar Mar 16, 2018

There is a reason for the rave reviews of this book. It is beautifully written, full of magic realism and a gentle love story. Even though it follows two different timelines, they seamlessly tie into each other at the end (a little bit of patience is required). I simultaneously read and listened to the audio at the same time, and must say that the audio didn't disappoint either. Great narration by Jim Dale!

Mar 01, 2018

I really enjoyed how easy and fun this story was. It was clear and I could follow it easily. There where times that I could predict what was to come and I would be right, but wasn't done so that I won't want to continue reading and see how the author chose to reveal my prediction. I fell in love with the characters and the setting. I loved the way the author twisted joy and fate and love and friendship and sadness together into a wonderful story. It fead my imagination.

Feb 02, 2018

On the one hand, props to Morganstern for creating a truly magical world that the reader will want to enter and remain in. Her descriptions aren't exhaustive, but they're just enough to set the scene and make you understand why it's so hypnotic.

The premise is also captivating: a contest of magic between two master magicians and their unwitting proteges. This is the reason for the circus, because where better can magic be used in plain sight?

Where the story falls down is in the characters. We understand why the main characters Celia and Anton are participating in the contest, but there's little about the motivations of their masters' that comes through other than "to win". And while many of the supporting characters Morganstern includes are initially promising, in most cases we don't get enough about them for their actions to make sense.

I would recommend this to people who want to fall into a magical world and aren't concerned with understanding the players.

Dec 11, 2017

This is, By Far, my favorite Stand Alone Novel. I listened to the audiobook, then relistened... then read the book. Then purchased the book. I want every different copy there ever was!

What a fantastical journey Erin has taken us on. The Romance is perfectly sweet. The magic is more than I could have imagined it would be.

If I could go to anywhere in a book (besides Hogwarts, of course) it would be to the Cirque De Reves. I am a Reveur for life.

Red Roses, Em

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Jul 11, 2015

"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."

Jun 27, 2015

"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."

Sep 21, 2012

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

JewelMcLatchy Apr 18, 2012

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.


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midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

E_Kaufman Apr 06, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.


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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

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.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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