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The Night Circus

A Novel
Morgenstern, Erin (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Night Circus


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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Authors: Morgenstern, Erin
Title: The night circus
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780385534635
0385534639
Branch Call Number: F MOR
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Report This Apr 16, 2014
  • krao01 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written, I fell in deep,deep love with this book, and it soon became my favorite book. Mystery, romance, and a circus make an awesome book :)

Report This Mar 30, 2014
  • biggles26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW I fell in LOVE with this book and hope to get for my birthday. I hope there will be a second book. ♥

Decently written novel with remarkable imagery. Morgenstern's style is not for everyone, but for those who love detail she is perfect. This is an amazing story with fascinating characters, I could not put it down. The idea of the circus is so intriguing, you almost wish it were real. This is definitely classified as a fantasy book, as the circus is like no place you’ve ever read about. Although the setting is stated throughout Europe it does not seem real, it is almost like a parallel universe full of magic and dreams. The story was incredibly interesting and never left you feeling empty or unsatisfied but \I did feel like there were many unnecessary scenes and a few characters could have been left out. The changes in time were a bit hard to follow, I often had a hard time with the time jumps and was constantly having to reference back to other chapters. I could see this story being quite confusing for some readers and I definitely would not recommend it to everyone. Although there is no gore there is some violence and the book has an overall Good vs. Evil nature. It can sometimes give you an unsettling feeling and some of the characters are quite villainous. I read this for my grade 12 University English ISU, and I would recommend it to anyone in an advanced level class or with mature taste. The story takes a bit of thinking, but as with all great stories it is worth it in the end.

Report This Feb 01, 2014
  • jorbenton rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was such a fun read! I loved the world she created within the circus, it pulled me in. I wanted it to be real, somewhere I could actually go visit! That being said, if you don't have a good imagination, this book may not be for you. Morgenstern requires you to use your imagination for her fantastical creations. Also, this story is not a romance. Yes, it has romance in it but it doesn't start until about halfway through the book. Just don't go in expecting it right off the bat and you should be good!

A wonderful story filled with excitement and adventure, it makes you hungry too.

Report This Jan 11, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a marvelous story! It was like nothing I have ever read before. Such imagination and detail. The atmosphere immediately swept me away so much so that I lost sleep over this book. I had to know what happened next. One of my new favorites.

Report This Jan 08, 2014
  • MindyTureau rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

In the Acknowledgments, the author thanks her editor for seeing "potential in something that was once truly a god-awful mess." I'm not sure how much worse it was before I got my hands on it, and it kind of scares me to think about it! Morgenstern created a fantastical world and she does a decent job of describing it (though certain things I had no way to visualize), but I never really cared about what was going to happen to any of her characters. She never made me feel anything for any of them. I also got very tired of the every-chapter-is-happening-at-a-different-time thing, since it interrupted what little flow there was to the story. It seemed to me that the author is looking to get a motion picture deal. With the descriptions of the circus, the costumes, and the illusions, it is meant to be seen more than described. But there's not much of a story to fill out the scenery.

Report This Dec 05, 2013
  • vonbleyle rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is the kind of book that's driving the publishing industry into the gound. Overhyped and undrewritten. To call it a spun sugar confection is to make it sound better than it is.One hundred percent empty calories. The author has a bit of a gift for describing a fantastical world, but her book feels like one long set-up for something that never happens. I completely lost patience with it's endless whimsy. There is no character development or confict, no plot and nothing is at stake. The blurb mentions a "fierce competition." I'm not sure where they got that. It's certainly not in this book.

Report This Nov 29, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this. The black and white colour scheme could have made for a stark experience but instead made the circus stand out as something rather elegant and grown-up, despite the age of some of the performers. This is a circus I'd love to visit.... Intricate story, deftly told. The style became pretentious and annoying at times, but the story pulls the reader through.

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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • biggles26 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • jorbenton rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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  • E_Kaufman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Mar 30, 2012
  • Ashley Chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

Report This Apr 06, 2012
  • E_Kaufman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"How can I excel at a game when you refuse to tell me the rules?"

Report This Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Report This Sep 21, 2012
  • becker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Report This Apr 18, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.

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