Friday, February 17, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sensuality Rating:

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 amazement's. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, 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. Unbeknown-st 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.

I would give this book a 3.5 if that were possible but rounded up. The writing was all about painting a picture and while the images were beautiful so many of them were a waste of time... over half the book I was trying to figure out the purpose of this "Circus" and the last half had so many extra characters added in that I lost track of which one was which. The book was fairly clean with only one curse word at the beginning (totally uncalled for) and an implied sex scene half way through. If you love circuses this is the book for you. The romance was on the back burner for most of the book and in my opinion the author had a stage to make this much more romantic than was achieved.

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