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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The Music Tag

Hi there everyone! I love music and I saw this tag on a blog called The Perks of Me so I thought I’d give it a go.

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1) Favourite band/musician of the moment?
I think it’s a tie between Dean Brody and Hans Zimmer. I know crazy right?? But for example, if I’m driving in the car, Dean Brody is my go to (his music is fantastic). When studying or writing, though, Hans Zimmer is the best. So I suppose it’s a bit of a complicated question to answer since it depends on where I am and what I’m doing.

2) One band you’ve always come back to..
Hmm, I’m not a huge band person, but I would say Trading Yesterday. I really love their music. Honestly, I don’t know why, but there is something about that gets me every time.

3) Favourite Movie Soundtrack?
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HARD THIS FOR ME! I absolutely love movie soundtrack. But let’s say it came down to a deserted island and I could only pick one… I would probably go for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Sigh…. Hans Zimmer is my hero, his music is the best.

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4) What is/are your favourite song(s) of all time?
Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday

5) What’s your most embarrassing song on Itunes?
Song…? Well, I have two albums of Disney music… 🙂 Maybe a specific song is the Tigger Song from Winnie the Pooh. (It’s adorable)

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6) Top 3 songs played on your ITunes?
1. Love Song Requiem by Trading Yesterday
2. Forgotten City from RiME by Lindsey Stirling
3. The Rains of Castamere by Hawthorne

7) Favourite Concert you’ve attended?
Hits from the Movies by the K-W Symphony Orchestra.

8) Most underrated musician in your opinion?
Peter Hollens. He is super talented, but I think he still struggles to acquire enough funds to support himself.

9) Favourite quote or song lyrics?

Let Her Go by Passenger

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

10) Favourite musical?

Hands down the Phantom of the Opera. I have listened to it 1,000 times and I could listen to it 10,000 times more. It’s just soo… So beautiful.

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So there you have it, a few of my music favorites 🙂 What do you think? What would you answer?

Thanks for reading!

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