Sunday 6 June 2021

Book Review | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern | prettylittlewriter

 The Night Circus is a novel I was recommended by so many people, especially on bookstagram and booktok, so when I was gifted a copy by a family member, I was super excited to read!

'Le Cirque des RĂªves is a travelling circus that only opens at night. No one knows when it is going to arrive, no one knows how it operates, no one knows how long it will be there for and no one knows where it is going next. Behind the scenes of this circus, two young magicians (Celia & Marco) have been trained since childhood to compete against one another to create the most amazing, spellbinding performances & illusions using the circus as their stage.
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.'

So when I started reading, I was disappointed to find that I wasn't enjoying it as much as I had hoped. I felt that the storyline wasn't gripping me, the plot just seemed to take ages to get going, and the romance was a very slow burn, which I really just wanted to get stuck into. I also felt that most of the characters (bar Bailey, Widget and Poppet) fell flat. There was no progression for them and I just didn't really care about them.
The blurb is also very misleading. 'A remarkable battle' it is not. 

I will say that the writing style is absolutely beautiful. The imagery that Morgenstern creates is ethereal, delicate and imaginative. I also absolutely love the concept of the circus itself; I would certainly be someone that attends every day if it was a real thing. It is such a magical place.

It took me well over a week to read in the end, instead of days/hours, as it just felt like a chore to get through. 

I would recommend to anyone that loves intricate and thorough descriptions, and those of you that do not mind a slow burn, but if you're like me, and you like a well-paced plot and interesting characters that are well developed, I would give it a miss.

2.5/5 stars

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