Book Reviews

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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One Saturday afternoon, I went to a concert which featured circus performers – an acrobat, a juggler, and a magician. It was a stunning show and afterward, I found myself thinking, “I wonder if there are any YA novels about circuses?” Inevitably, this led me to the “Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

I was immediately sucked in by Morgenstern’s beautiful and descriptive writing style. There was something magical about it, something intricate like a delicate spider web glistening in the morning sun. And this, I think, can also be said about the entire novel, the plot, characters, setting etc.

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

It took me a while to figure out the way Morgenstern skipped about through time. At first, I found it rather annoying, but eventually, I discovered a rhyme and reason to it and it ended up being effective.
There were quite a few characters in this novel, so although Celia and Marco were the main characters, there were others who played major roles as well. The only downside to this, though, was that I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters personally. However, I thought that Celia was an admirable woman – she was intelligent, kind, and selfless. I also loved the mysteriousness which clung to her and how she often would just disappear because she felt like leaving. Now Marco… He was alright. I honestly didn’t adore him. He kind of came across as a lovesick boy and didn’t have an overly strong nature.

“Everything I have done, every change I have made to that circus, every impossible feat and astounding sight, I have done for her.”

Finally, I enjoyed the addition of Bailey. At first, I was like, “Who is this boy?” But by the end, I would have liked more scenes with him. Which leads to the thought that Morgenstern could have gone into more depth with other things as well. But perhaps making it more elaborate than it already was would have made it hard to follow?
Lastly, other than the F word at the beginning of the novel, there wasn’t much profanity. I mean, I know why the author put it there, but I don’t think it was super necessary. Also, even though it wasn’t graphic, Marco and Celia do have sex. And again, was it really necessary?
Despite these two things, I still recommend this book. It’s quite an enjoyable read. I even think that sometime in the future, I will be reading it again….

“We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”

Thanks for reading!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

P.S. If you want music to listen to while you’re reading this book or even just music to listen to in general, I highly recommend the soundtrack for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” I think it fits splendidly well with this novel.

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