The Night Circus

Morgenstern, Erin

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Night Circus
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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0385534639
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,c25 cm.


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(Fantasy) Le Cirque des Rêves is utterly unique, disappearing at dawn in one town only to mysteriously reappear in another. At the heart of the circus are two young magicians, involved in a competition neither completely understands. The dreamlike atmosphere and vivid imagery make this fantasy un... Read More »

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Comment by: JCLGreggW Nov 16, 2013

Oh, sure, this novel about a magical circus and its inhabitants might drag in the middle here and there, but you'll be far too absorbed in this intoxicating story to care. Deep in atmosphere and with a strong sense of nostalgic romance, two pawns of larger forces are made to battle each other, bu... Read More »

Comment by: JCLJoshN Mar 04, 2013

One of the best novels I've ever read. The book reads like a magic trick, jumping around in time, playing with perception, spinning wonderful and mysterious illusions, and posing questions about love, loss, life, death, art, fate, chance, and the divide between artist and audience.

Comment by: JCLHelenH Dec 31, 2012

It seems obvious that a book about magic should be described as magical, but it really is!

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Mar 01, 2015
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It is not about a circus, it is about a dream land with egotistical magicians using the young magicians in their care ( one a daughter, the other an orphan) for their own greed and revenge. I am not a fan of 'fantasy' literature but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Feb 15, 2015
  • spudwil rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cirque de Soleil meets Tim Burton. Beautifully written.

Feb 09, 2015
  • bookbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found myself enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. Beautiful imagery, could make a good movie.

Jan 08, 2015

Loved this one. Fantasy, imagina tion, love story. Fun for a change of pace.

Dec 24, 2014
  • kristikaye rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Starts out great, the author is gifted at describing the circus - beautiful, magical, mysterious. But, descriptions only go so far when you want to read a story. The characters, hmmm. The book describes what they look like, what they wear in minute detail, what they say, and what they do. I wanted to know them and care about them, but I didn't. The ending was a let down. This could have been better. It's not a book I'd recommend or read again.

Dec 08, 2014
  • Persnickety77 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Pretty and imaginative, but I got bored

Dec 03, 2014
  • Gabi_D rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great read for lovers of fantasy

Nov 25, 2014
  • midnightreader27 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fun book. It had been on my reading list for a few years now. Glad I finally got around to it. Not what I had expected, but liked the story line. This would make for a really cool movie.

Oct 22, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this tale of love and magic set at the end of the 19th century. Great characters and visual imagery.

Oct 19, 2014
  • sweetiedarlng rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Whenever someone asks me for a recommendation for a book that they can escape into, I recommend this book every time. The descriptions of the circuses that the main characters create during their competition are so beautifully detailed that I get completely lost and never want to return.

Other reviewers have mentioned that they didn't feel the story went anywhere. I would argue that this is the beauty of this book: it doesn't pound away at you with a bunch of startling plot twists and strange character development, but instead tells a sweet, soft, whimsical story that whispers of magic and leaves a dusting of it on your heart.

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Oct 07, 2014
  • TeenLibrarianBookReviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Nov 28, 2012
  • LibrAimée rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 16, 2012
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Jul 30, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

Jul 30, 2012

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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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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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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