Book Rec: The Night Circus

Book Description from Goodreads:

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.

I will do my best to describe this amazing book, and I will probably fail miserably. Because this is one of those books where nothing you say can accurately depict how truly beautiful and magnificent it is. Enchanting. Exquisite. Magical. And beyond. The writing and the way Erin Morgenstern describes every detail is mesmerizing. You ARE at the Night Circus. You’re eating a caramel apple. You smell the incense and popcorn. You feel the chill air. You ARE the circus. You will explore every tent with a childlike fervor that only the best literature can illicit in the mind.

There are so many elements going on in this book, but they all fit together, interweaving and meeting in the middle for the important finale. Every character is tied together within the circus, bound with two people who are the reason for its existence. And at the core, beyond all the magic and illusions, is a love story. Star-crossed lovers, if you will. (And Shakespeare’s works make several appearances.)

What’s my favorite tent? Bedtime Stories, Widget’s olfactory creation. I wish it existed for real. That I could open a bottle and sniff and be transported to anywhere, feel anything.

I wish ALL of this existed for real. I never wanted to leave the Night Circus. I guess that makes me a Reveur, because I would follow the Night Circus anywhere.