Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I didn’t read the book jacket before starting Night Circus because I’d gotten it at my book club’s holiday book swap from a friend who said she knew I’d love it. When I was more than halfway through the book, I finally did read the jacket summary and I was surprised that it talked mostly of a love story, since I’d seen almost no hint of a love story to that point in the book. So just know that the circus is really the magical, mystical, amazing focus of Night Circus and the love story is just a part of the plot that kind of makes things interesting while also tying things together.
The Night Circus is a magically awesome circus that begins at sundown and continues until the morning. Tents of black and white house mystical adventures like an ice garden, a labyrinth, and a cloud maze, while patrons eat snacks like cinnamon twists and chocolate mice with licorice tails. There’s a Wishing Tree, an illusionist, a fortune teller, and a huge bonfire that never stops burning. And while the circus is amazing on it’s own, it’s actually the playing field for two magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood for this “challenge.”
While the reader meets fascinating characters and explores the bewitched circus, Marco and Celia are all the while dueling. But the challenge doesn’t seem to end and soon it’s clear that the circus may not be left standing if and when a winner is declared.
I really loved this book because Morgenstern throws the reader right into the middle of the story and there is not a minute when you’re not guessing and wondering where the challenge will go. Morgenstern makes the night circus so real and amazing that I’m not sure you could read this book without wishing that it could visit your town.