Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Night Circus

Goodreads Summary
 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.

What did I think?
This book came highly recommended and I was so excited to dive right in. The plot of this story was so good!  The circus is the backdrop of this magic challenge that takes the characters on a crazy ride. Celia has to deal with her difficult father, Marco has the man in the grey suit who is illusive at best, and the circus performers have their own charm and challenges.

I loved the characters. Widget and Poppet were the adorable twins born the day the circus was opened. They brought a whimsical and charming aspect to the story.  Meanwhile the love story between Celia and Marco was sweet and heartbreaking.  Sometimes I had a difficult time understanding which character was which and that confusion frustrated me a little.

In the end I thought the book was really good.

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