The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Anchor Books
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones." Erin Morgenstern's quote in The Night Circus sums up my view on this book. I first bought this book as a Christmas gift for a friend, and long story short, as a result of a mix-up, I had two copies. I had read the back of the book many times, and just wasn't sure if it was something that would interest me. Eventually I decided to start reading it because I had just finished another book and couldn't decide what to read next. Wow. This book went beyond all of my expectations! I was drawn into it immediately and didn't want to put it down. This book is riveting, magical. I couldn't wait to keep reading it to find out what happened next. Every detail was described so thoroughly I could picture everything and felt like I was at the circus myself! I can't wait for Ms. Morgenstern to write another spellbinding novel!