The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Author: Erin Morgenstern
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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: It took me awhile to get into the book, but once it did, I was entranced with the book and felt like I was at a circus. I really liked how the three storylines were tied up at the end of the book; it felt like one was in a managrie of sorts. One pet peeve of the book was that I didn't like the alternating chapters and got me turned around so many times that I didn't know where the story was headed and if they had been in three separate sections, then I probably could have made sense of the book a little more.
12718 / 15000 pages. 85% done!