Kim the FanGirl’s Fortress of Solitude, October 2012 8:15 pm
She opens the book and begins to read. The cold, crisp pages are clean and unmarked by time. They tell her a story, one of adventure, of passion and consequence.They call it the Circus of Dreams, for it is like nothing you have ever seen before or will see again. Here you will find the unimaginable, an extraordinary world filled with magic and mystique. Step inside, see the wonders it holds, explore the lavish tents in vibrant hues of ivory and ink. Watch the acrobats soar through the air, liked winged birds in flight. Notice how the tattooed contortionist bends and distorts her body into unimaginable shapes. Discover the gardens of ice, with towers of frosted trees and cold crystal roses. She is the Illusionist, the keeper of this ethereal city. The secrets of her past – her future – are tied with another’s. Her equal. Her rival. These star-crossed lovers know not of the wager they have been bound to. Love will their undoing. Love will be their salvation.
Kim the FanGirl’s Fortress of Solitude, October 2012 7:00 am, The Next Day
When the last page has been turned and the book set down for the night, she thinks quietly to herself, looking back thoughtfully and analytically.
When some time has passed, though we don’t know how long, she goes to her computer and starts to write.
Kim the FanGirl (DOT COM), October 2012 Present Day.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern might come as a surprise to some; another addictive narrative that will keep you up reading long into the night. The images created are some of the most lovely, intricately woven, fantastical impressions you’ll ever read. Morgenstern’s descriptions take on an intense dream-like quality, as if wavering between the state of deep slumber and awareness, though presented in a way in which you feel as if these elaborate, majestic things could actually be reality.Anything is possible when it comes to the Le Cirque des Rêves and the same goes for Night Circus.
I’m not going to lie to you. The story relies heavily on time jumps and alternating storylines, which, I admit, can be damn frustrating. Yet, it is written in a way in which we haven’t quite seen before. It’s not so irritating that you want to slam the book down and walk away. Quite the opposite, really. You want to keep reading; to see how each character, how every plot point ties together. When you look back, you find that chapters or segments that might have appeared disjointed or unnecessary than the rest were actually cleverly intertwined, to where you’re now thinking, “Oh, that makes more sense.” It definitely requires a second read – to pick up the missed bits and pieces from your first time through.
If anything, I wanted to see more from these characters. You get half way through the novel not knowing if the two main protagonists were going to ever meet or even follow the summary on the back of the book. Night Circus will leave you guessing until the end, and I say that in the most positive way, of course. It is impossible not to adore this novel.
The good news is, Night Circus is already in the pre-production stages for its film adaptation. The bad news is, Summit is in charge. Disappointing, I know. I’m sure, not too long from now, I’ll have to instruct them on how to properly modify the novel for the big-screen. I’m happy to do it. Although, I think I’m going to need your help with this one. Which means, for those of you who haven’t already, you need to read the novel. I’m not taking no for an answer. We need to start work on this immediately, so get to it. There’s no excuse. You need to read this book. A love story wrapped up in a complicated rivalry, with a side of magical enchantment, topped off with a good dollop of intrigue? How can you resist?
Book Rating: A-
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Have you read The Night Circus? Will you? What did you think of the book? Which character was your favorite? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? Should there be a sequel? Are you excited for the film adaptation? Tell me in the comments!