A Novel by Erin Morgenstern
Synopsis: The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, 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.
This book was so absolutely slow to start. By the time it started really catching my attention and hooking me into the lives and well-being of these characters there was only like 100 pages left, so the end flew by…but the beginning felt like it dragged on and on.
It was a little confusing with so many time jumps and the story flailing from time to time especially since there were so many characters to keep track of. It took awhile to kind of piece together timeframes and figuring out what happened and when it happened and who it happened to.
The vibes and descriptions of the circus felt so enchanting and honestly I would LOVE to experience something as whimsical and magical as this circus sounded. I could smell the caramel apples, feel the breeze while standing in the courtyard watching the acrobats, all of the circus scenes were just so beautifully described it made me feel like I was there.
The whole competition thing though (which is the entire premise of the book) was confusing and underwhelming. It wasn’t really finished and even the end of the book felt a little bit unfinished itself. Which is unfortunate because after making it to the end and finally caring about the characters, I would have liked a bit more of a conclusion. But overall it was a pretty decent read. I would recommend this book!
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