The Night Circus: Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that.”

Genre: Historical Fantasy Publisher: Doubleday Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed Rating:  (4/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

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 Reves,” and it is only open at night.

In one word, this book was magnificent. 

But it was also a bit slow, a bit wordy, and while beautifully written it wasn’t all that exciting, though it had a good story line and did really enjoy the setting, characters and general premise. 

That is to say, The Night Circus was very, very good with an interesting plot and good characters. But I didn’t love it. I just couldn’t bring myself to care that much. 

A big thing that makes the Night Circus different than most novels is that it contains many story lines that weave together, and you don’t begin to understand how they connect and where they intersect until the very end. While a different and interesting way to tell a story, this just didn’t work for me. I don’t like to wait until the end to understand what is going on, and I found myself caring a lot more for some story-lines than for other. I found it very confusing to read when I didn’t really understand what happened before what, and to have to figure out every time where the characters were in the story during a certain chapter.

I also didn’t really like the romance. It felt a bit forced and I just didn’t really care.

Basically: The Night Circus was a very well written book that was good, but I just didn’t like it that much. I was so conflicted how to rate it too… Let’s just say four stars for writing and story, but two stars for interest level.

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