BOOK REVIEW: The Night Circus – by Erin Morgenstern

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Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
First published: September 13th 2011
Finished reading: October 11th 2015
Pages: 387
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“Secrets have power. And that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them.”

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The Night Circus has been on my TBR for a long time. Somehow I have managed to avoid this read even though I was really looking forward to it… I think mostly because I have seen a lot of mixed reviews over the past year or so. I finally started reading this novel by Erin Morgenstern knowing it had a strange pace so I made sure to keep my expectations low… I guess that is probably why I ended up really enjoying this read. Sure, The Night Circus is not for everyone and it is quite a slow read, but the descriptions are more than beautiful and make me wish I could visit the strange black and white circus myself. This story is more magical realism than fantasy and I really enjoyed the historical setting. I’m not completely sure I actually liked every character, but somehow that didn’t bother me that much and the prose more than made up for it. I can agree with those that say that The Night Circus is not an easy read and it is best to only read it when you have sufficient spare time, enjoy lengthy descriptions and don’t mind a slow pace. If you do, you will most likely enjoy this read as much as I did.

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The ‘Le Cirque des Reves’ arrives without warning and is full of mysteries. Inside the black-and-white striped canvas tents the visitors can find one breathtaking and unique act after the other and truly have their minds blown away during their stay. Nobody knows when and where the circus will be next, but two things are for sure: it only opens at night and strange things are happening behind the scenes that are beyond their imagination. A competition is currently being held between the two young magicians Celia and Marco, although they are not fully aware of all the rules. They have been trained ever since they were little, but what they don’t know is that only one can survive the contest… And the fate  of the circus is on the line as well. Will they be able to continue the game after they find out what are the consequences of winning or losing?

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I was warned by various readers to be prepared for a slow read and lengthy descriptions, and that probably helped me enjoy The Night Circus even better. The prose and historical setting made this read into something special, and I loved the magical realism elements in the story. Especially the descriptions of the circus are exceptionally well done and reading them almost made me feel like I was visiting it myself. If you like the genre and don’t mind a slow read, I would definitely recommend this novel!

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WWW Wednesdays #60 – October 14th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I finally did it: I started reading the book that has been on my TBR pile the longest! And The Mountains Echoed is just as good as Khaled Hosseini‘s other books so far, so I’m still not sure why it took me this long to finally pick it up. I’ve also started reading On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta… I’m not that far into the story yet, but it is yet another title I have been wanting to read for a while now.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I managed to finish no less than six titles since last week, so I’m pretty much a happy camper. Most of them were on my original October TBR so it looks like I might actually complete the list!
* Somehow I have never read a graphic novel before, but Through The Woods by Emily Carroll was hauntingly beautiful and the perfect introduction to the genre.
* My next read was The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, a truly inspirational read about how we have become obsessed with time over the centuries.
* I then read Firebolt by Adrienne Woods, an ARC and fantasy story about dragons I absolutely loved. I will have to continue the series soon since the ending was a mayor cliffhanger!
* I was in the mood for a good crime story, so I picked up The Night She Disappeared by April Henry up next. It was a quick and entertaining read and just what I was looking for.
* I managed to finish The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next. I really enjoyed this read and the descriptions and prose are more than beautiful. The odd pace did prevent me from finishing this read quickly though.
* The last book on the list was the only one I was slightly disappointed by this week: My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as I finish And The Mountains Echoed, I wil start reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I have been wanting to start this series for ages now and I’m really looking forward to read it. I should read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey first though since I have been starting way too many new series without reading sequels… And I have a new ARC, Ochoco Reach by Jim Stewart, pending as well. The last one, The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle, is my latest TBR jar pick I will most likely put on hold until I’ve finished most books on my October TBR.

WWW Wednesdays #59 – October 7th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern earlier this week and so far I’m really enjoying this read. Hopefully it stays this way! I’ve also decided to start reading my last pending ARC Firebolt by Adrienne Woods yesterday evening… It’s been a while since I’ve read stories with dragons and so far it looks promising.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Five finished titles this week… Looks like I’m getting back on track!
* Americosis Vol. 2 by Haydn Wilks was a novella full of chaos and madness I was able to finish the same day I posted my last WWW.
* I then finished The Kill Order by James Dashner, which means I can finally leave The Maze Runner series behind… I can’t say I was impressed by this prequel story either.
* Before starting with my creepy reads, I decided to read An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green first. It’s a quick and entertaining feel-good story, although nothing mindblowing. The teenage dialogues are very well done like always.
* My first creepy read of the month was Asylum by Madeleine Roux, a story with just the right scary factor and a bunch of creepy old asylum photos to look at.
* The last book I finished this week is I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. I had high hopes for this series, but it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment… I just wasn’t expecting the whole supernatural-demon-serial killer angle.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have said it probably a million times before already, but this time I’m really going to read And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini next. This title has been on my TBR pile longer than any other book and it’s about time I read it… Plus, it will help me finish two challenges. I also want to read On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and I should read The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey since I have been starting way too many new series without reading sequels. The last one, The Valentine Circle by Reinaldo DelValle, is my newest TBR jar pick and looks like an interesting read as well. (Although I might try to read a few titles on my October/Halloween TBR first…)

Teaser Tuesdays #62 – October 6th: The Night Circus

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at A Daily Rhythm. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is my newest TBR jar pick and it’s a book I have been wanting to read for ages now… I guess the TBR jar was a great excuse to finally pick it up. I’m not too far into the story yet but so far I am really enjoying the descriptions!

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My teaser (6%):

“The man appeared younger on the stage, his age buried under the glare of the footlights and layers of makeup. The face in the mirror is lined, the hair significantly greying. But there is something youthful in the grin that appears as he catches sight of the man standing in the doorway.”

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #58 – September 30th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started both my current reads yesterday evening… The first is an ARC: Americosis Vol. 2 by Haydn Wilks. Since it’s a short story I will most likely finish it later today. The second is The Kill Order by James Dashner. I’m not exactly a big fan of the rest of the series (especially the last book was a mayor disappointment), but since people keep saying this one is actually better than the main series I decided to start it anyway. So far it’s quite a fast read.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I actually finished Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas before my failed trip, but I decided to count it anyway. I loved this fourth book of the Throne Of Glass series and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book… Although I’m grateful the ending wasn’t the mayor cliffhanger I was expecting. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski turned out to be a disappointment though. It had a really slow pace and I had the feeling the story could have been told with less pages. Most of the plot was quite cliche or at least predictable and I’m not sure I like the characters or prose for that matter. More of my complaints in the full review…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have Firebolt by Adrienne Woods, an ARC, lined up as one of my next reads. I might read And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini or Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver first though, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for when I finish my current reads. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is my newest TBR jar pick; a title I have been wanting to read for ages now and can’t wait to start soon!

Friday Finds #11 – September 26th

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39955200-5d5b-488f-a38b-e63ac71b175dFRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. But before I share this week’s finds, first some happy kitty news! The three kittens are six weeks old now and too cute! I’m going to keep the grey one myself… I’m still 671b305d-3c0f-4510-81ce-dcbc49a60817struggling with names, I was thinking of something related to wild animals, but I could only come up with Puma… (Any ideas?) The white one is being adopted by my little niece (and is named Sienna); the one with the grey blob on her head also has a loving home waiting for her already. But for now they still have a few weeks left with their mother. 😀

 

On to the bookish part of my post… You can find a selection of my newest additions below:

My finds:

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