Blurb 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. Unbeknown 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.
This book was incorrectly marketed.
It should have been sold as a sleeping aid because it is so blimmin’ dull. I fell asleep on five separate occasions while reading this…DURING THE DAY!!! It bored me that much!!
What is The Night Circus about?
Well there’s a magical circus that’s held only at night, it mysteriously travels all over the world and is actually supposed to be the stage for something much deeper than simple circus acts…
It started off fairly well.
There was a nice setup of atmosphere with the circus described in infinite detail but there was also an interesting setting up of the novel and who were to be the important players.
And then the circus was described again.
But the thing was, the descriptions of the circus weren’t actually that revealing. Okay we had tastes and smells, descriptions of fantastical tents with sights and sounds to surprise and astonish…
But these descriptions still kept me as a reader at arm’s length from the novel. I knew this was supposed to be a magical and mysterious circus to wonder and amaze me forevermore… But when a book just focuses on the physical aspects of the circus and forgets to inhabit it with vibrant characters, things can get boring very quickly.
The circus inhabitants were coldly forgotten in this book. Yes we were given their job titles (illusionist, contortionist, card reader etc) but this is just a surface description. Where was the depth?? The multilayered characters who have both personality and feelings? The beautiful flawed human behind the mysterious?
And the plot???
I’m still looking for it.
Surprisingly enough I’m perfectly okay with slow moving books without plot. I usually prefer them.
But this comes with a caveat.
The book must then be laden with gloriously detailed characters. The pages need to come to life with their deeply held emotions. It should be a character study. About the interaction of people. And this book had such a fantastic opportunity to do just that but it failed miserably.
We were told there was a game of magic and illusion between two of the major characters. That they need not know the reasons behind this game other than they must take part until there is a victor. There are no rules, details, rhyme or reason to this game…
Sounds mysterious right?
A great page turner where you imagine tiny details of this game are slowly revealed at the same time to both the reader and the two innocent, compelled contestants. Perhaps they will be shown to merely be pawns in a greater, longstanding magical battle with the instigators of the game being involved in a final showdown? So many possibilities…
Of course we got none of that.
Look mystery is all great and well for the beginning of the book to whet the reader’s appetite but it’s just lazy writing to not eventually colour in the detail of this game.
Not once did I care for a character in this book…
Not even in a negative fashion.
There was no one to truly hate, no one to truly root for…
No one who came alive in the pages of this book.
There was just a beautiful circus and some nice descriptions in the beginning.
Sadly I think the author was too in love with describing her circus and forgot to give it a beating heart. This book left me utterly cold.