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The Night Circus

A Novel
Morgenstern, Erin (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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
Published: 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 3
ISBN: 0385534639
9780385534635
Branch Call Number: F MOR
Statement of Responsibility: Erin Morgenstern
Subject Headings: Games Fiction. Circus Fiction. Circus performers Fiction. Magicians Fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Romantic suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Games
Circus
Circus performers
Magicians
LCCN: 2010050546
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Jul 16, 2014
  • perogy51 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Phenomenal..my best read yet...I can't wait for miss Morgenstern to come out with her next novel...A ride everyone should take:)

Erin Morgenstern’s’ “The Night Circus” is flawless. It is written in five parts and has a grand total of five hundred and twelve pages. The story takes place in a Victorian like era, and revolves around ‘Le Cirque des Rêves’ (The circus of dreams). The circus is very unusual though; it appears without warning and is only open during the night. On top of this mysterious circus, the author has managed to weave in an intricate forbidden romance between two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Celia and Marco are dueling magicians who have to use their powers at the circus until one magician is no longer able to compete, which usually means death. “The Night Circus” is very intense and I could not put it down. This book has it all, a love story, action, magic, and unimaginable twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the last page. This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and the end will shock you. While reading “The Night Circus” you might feel that certain parts of the book are pointless, but once you reach the end you realise that it is all connected and part of a bigger picture. The title of this book is extremely fitting. It is titled “The Night Circus” and takes place at a circus that is only open at night. Overall this book is an adventure to read and is quite possibly one of the best books that I have ever read.

Jul 09, 2014
  • sddepaul rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book....the descriptions of each tent and the clock filled my mind with magical visuals. I couldn't wait to pick up my book whenever I had a chance to read. I did find the ending a bit confusing and had to go back and reread sections of the book to add to my understanding. A Great Read!

Jul 09, 2014
  • EET10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Vivid and detailed descriptions, intriguing characters, a blend of love and magic... There is much to appreciate in this story.

Jul 09, 2014
  • srg309 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

delightful read; haven't read anything as engaging and whimsical in awhile. brings you into a new world and i loved it as a true literary escape.

Jun 14, 2014
  • IPL_Mandy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books! Adjectives that describe it: ethereal, magical, enchanting, mysterious, bewitching, extraordinary, impossibletoputdown. Okay, I made the last one up. There is no other book quite like this story of competition and love set against the intriguing back drop of an enigmatic circus.

Serving suggestion: 18 tiered cake, each tier featuring a different sublime flavour you've never encountered before (good luck making it).

May 27, 2014
  • multcolib_rachaels rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Lovely, highly imaginative, with a lush and complex world.

May 21, 2014
  • nsteeves rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous imagery and passionate romance combine into one of my favorite fantasies in the last decade. Very excited to discuss with the Harold Washington Library Center Literature & Language book club.

May 05, 2014
  • gregbunn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was totally enchanted by the way the author created such a vividly colorful world using a palette that was primarily black and white. It's a wonderful story of yin and yang -- things that appear to be opposite are totally complementary. Polar opposites are magnetically attractive. The two main characters (Celia and Marco) face off in a magical competition in which they each bring their own unique skills and they each develop a profound respect for the other's talents. This "pairing" motif appears frequently in charming ways throughout the novel. I particularly loved the twins who have unique but complementary perspectives of the world. This book worked its magic on me...I was completely enthralled and wanted to visit The Night Circus every evening.

May 02, 2014
  • theotherjose rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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You know that effect Disney has on you? When you can feel the magic, so to speak? Well, this book will give you that very same feeling, only it gives a little more than that. It’s written to the point that you smile when you read how precise the author writes in detail the surroundings in this story that aims to your senses. It’s so well written that I almost feel like I can be in the circus. Every sense is given a description to relate to and perhaps that is where the feeling of magic comes from. The story on its own is like that of the circus. Tents are all different and separate in their own marvel but still apart of the circus, just like the events in this story. Time and what may seem to be a different part of the story, come together like the tents of the circus, forming one big dream. Just when everything starts to fall apart into what seems like chaos, everything is falling into its rightful place. Though the circus is black and white, not everything in this book is as what it seems.

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

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Feb 01, 2014
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Sep 16, 2013
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Jul 07, 2013
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Nov 28, 2012
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Oct 16, 2012
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Apr 06, 2012
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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.

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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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?"

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

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

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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