The Night Circus (2011)
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Pages: 400 (hardcover)
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I actually didn't hear about this book until I read a review for it over at The Book Smugglers. Both Thea and Ana gave the book great reviews, and they're reviewers I trust, so when this book came out on the shelves September 13, I was really excited. It also helped that I had come across more reviews since then that vouched for this book's awesomeness. I wasn't able to get around to actually borrowing it from work until the beginning of October, but that only made me crave the book more.
Alas, I wish I could have been one of those people that absolutely LOVED this book, but I wasn't. I liked it enough, but definitely not love.
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Final Verdict: I wish I could have fallen in love with this novel, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. While I absolutely loved the writing and the character of the Night Circus itself (despite being a place, it really does come to life and feel like a character in and of itself) the lack of characterization and the vague plot had me constantly wanting more. Because of my detachment with the two main characters, I wasn't able to get on board with their star-crossed romance, which was a huge aspect of the plot along with The Game. The constant sense of wanting more is what kept this book in the "Like" zone as opposed to "Love", which is a shame.
Cover Commentary: LOVE LOVE LOVE this cover. It's unique and has a lovely color scheme and is definitely going to attract a wide audience. It reflects all the magic and whimsy that the Night Circus itself encompassed.