Welcome to the book review for one of my favorite books. Ever. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is the book I could read forever and not get bored. A few years ago I posted (wow, that’s strange to say) about this book after I had finished reading it for the first time. When someone in the IA Book Club suggested it for January’s book of the month, I couldn’t wait to read it again! [goodreads]
Celia and Marco, two star pupils for their great Masters, each a pawn in a game they don’t know how to fight. Years before, two old men made a pact just as they had many times in the past, but this time they miscalculated. A story of love and sacrifice, Celia and Marco hold tight to their circus, their friends, and each other.
The imagery in The Night Circus is AMAZING. As I read, I could smell the treats and feel the snow garden giving me goose bumps. The descriptions were detailed enough to pull the reader in deep, but not too heavy as to smother the reader’s own imagination. Each tent was breathtaking, different, and enticing and I always wanted to know more about them. Celia's tent specifically, I wanted to watch her show and sit next to Marco and bask in their love for when he would attend and watch her, I would choke on the emotion those passages held.
The story progresses nonlinearly has an Alice in Wonderland vibe to it. Often I would reread passages or chapters a few times to catch all (or as many as I could) of the hidden secrets. Every character was planned, and calculated, none were throw away or fluffy. Even when a new one was introduced slowly, trying to trick me into thinking they were unimportant or only a device to give other characters more "face time" I was stunned by how their story thread in with the others.
Each time I finish reading The Night Circus, I am a wreck for at least a week. I cry, I mope, and I love it. The ending is satisfying, a mixture of sadness and well deserved justice for Celia and Marco accomplish their goals and in the end, how it happened was enough for me.