The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern [Review]

The Night CircusRELEASE DATE: May 24th 2012 
Erin Morgenstern
Adult, Fantasy, Magic.    

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.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.



MY REV (Copy)

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“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.” 

This book has been on my TBR for a very long time and I’ve finally decided to give it a go. Well, Night Circus really took me on a magical ride, but sadly it didn’t meet my very high expectations. It might’ve ended up in my favorites shelf, if I had read this a decade ago. Just because it didn’t fully meet my expectations it doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. It was a good read. If I had to rate every aspect of this book, I would give five stars for the magic, the creativity, the setting, and the beautiful writing, but for the story-line and the characters, I would give them a three and a half stars. As for the romance it wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t bad either. I would give it a three stars.  The cover art for this book was beautiful, It gets full points. Although it didn’t end up in my favorites, I wasn’t disappointed because it was a captivating read throughout.

“The most difficult thing to read is time. Maybe because it changes so many things.” 

A young girl named Celia Bowen was  delivered to her father who is a world famous magician named Prospero the Enchanter. He performs genuine magic on stage which everyone thinks as illusions because no one believes magic is real. He trains Celia his skills to make her compete in a mysterious game. Her entire childhood was spent on training illusions and she didn’t even know who’s her opponent. On the other hand, a young Orphan boy named Marco Alistair was trained by a grey suit man. They were both destined to fight in a magical game and Le Cirque des Rêves is nothing but their battle ground. Neither of them knows the rules and the extent of the game. They didn’t expect to fall in love with each other but it’s too late when they discover that only one of them can stand victor. The game must play out and neither can abandon it because it also involves the fates of everyone in the Circus.

“Good and evil are a great deal more complex than a princess and a dragon . . . is not the dragon the hero of his own story?

The characters were not bad but I can’t emotionally connect with them. I liked Celia, Poppet, Widget and Bailey but I found rest of the cast a little bland. Celia was a strong heroine. I really liked her magical skills! Despite all the abuse, she grew into a strong woman. Her training with her father seemed very abusive. He wanted her to be the best. I absolutely hated him. Marco was nice, sweet and a little bit mysterious. He’s fascinated by Celia’s magic and quickly develops feelings for her. I really wanted to like this guy but the way he dumped Isobel was not right. The romance between Celia and Marco was okay-ish. It wasn’t well developed. I wish the author showed more interactions between them before they declared their feelings for each other. As for the other characters, I really loved the red twins Poppet, and Widget. They’re so innocent and sweet. I also liked Bailey, his character’s significance is revealed at the end of the book. 

“Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that.” 

The plot was mysterious but the pacing was pretty slow. For the first half, I was really confused about the storyline and how quickly the years were moving. You won’t get the story until you get to the second half. Another issue I had with this plot was that it was also lacking in building suspense. Yeah, there was breathtaking magic in this book but don’t expect any magical battles in it. You’ll be disappointed. There’s not much action in it. Honestly, the mystery and the enchanting magic were the only aspects that held my interest till the end. The book was written in third person POV and I loved the lyrical writing. The author described everything in Vivid detail. The world building was amazing. The Victorian London setting was pretty good, but I was more fascinated with the black and white stripes of the Circus setting. The Magic was totally enchanting. The Author’s imaginary skills were extra-ordinary. It’s definitely the best aspect of this book. 

“Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.” 

Despite all the issues, I found this book very enjoyable especially the magic part. The ending was satisfying for a stand-alone novel. All in all, It was truly an entertaining read and definitely makes a good winter read. After finishing this book, I can’t wait to read Erin’s next book! 

Recommend it?
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I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a slow magical ride. It’s not an action filled ride but It’s definitely worth giving a shot!   

[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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36 thoughts on “The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern [Review]

  1. anovelglimpse December 12, 2018 / 3:28 am

    I read this book when it was released and loved it. I can see how maybe it wouldn’t have held up as well with all the hype it gets. I also agree that the pacing was rather slow. I am happy you were still able to enjoy it.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 12, 2018 / 4:44 am

      Yeah, this book was a little too slow for my taste but I’m glad that I was still able to enjoy it. I can definitely see why so many people fell in love with this book!

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  2. Crystal December 12, 2018 / 4:42 am

    I agree with you. The Magic and the world itself was amazing. But the characters and storyline did fall flat. I wanted to love this book way more than I did. But it still was a beautiful read.

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  3. stephaniesbookreviews December 12, 2018 / 6:39 am

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more! It is one of my favorite books, though it’s been a few years since I’ve read it. I definitely though it was going to be more action-packed then it ended up being, but it worked for me.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2018 / 5:30 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed this book more than I did! I enjoyed the whole concept and the wonderful setting but it was missing the wow factor for me.

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  4. confessionsofayareader December 12, 2018 / 7:22 am

    Great review. This one is on my TBR, but I have no idea when I’ll get to it. I also have high expectations that I’m not sure it will live up to. But I’m hoping that I like it.

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  5. Carolina @fictionologyst December 12, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I haven’t read this one and didn’t plan to read it either. But I’m glad you liked it Raven, amazing review 💕

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  6. ariellereads December 12, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I’m glad you tried it out and liked it for the most part..I know I really liked it the first time but LOVED it the second time around because I understood a little better how the different timelines played out and how all of the crazy threads of the story weave together. So…I mean if you’re ever wanting to in the future I’d recommend re-reading it and hopefully it would be a little more enjoyable! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 15, 2018 / 5:39 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much! It was a magical read and I really loved the concept! I’ll definitely re-read it someday in the future. I hope I’ll enjoy it more the second time.


  7. Kayla @ Books and Blends December 12, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    I’m so glad you liked this one Raven. I have had a copy of this on my shelf for what feels like forever. This is another one of those books that I hope to get to soon.

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  8. Marie December 12, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    Lovely review, Raven! I’m glad you overall enjoyed it, but get why you weren’t fully on board with it either. I found the plot a bit confusing at first and it took me a while to get into the story, too, but I just really loved that atmosphere! 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 18, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thank you, Marie! ❤️It took me some time to get into the book but I really loved the magical atmosphere. I’m glad you loved it! 😊

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  9. The Candid Cover December 13, 2018 / 3:41 am

    I have yet to read this one and I have had my doubts about whether I will enjoy it. You have me a little more excited about it and even though it might not be full of action, I think it sounds like a great story. One day I will get to it. 😉

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  10. Madam Mim December 13, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Great review! I absolutely adored The Night Circus. I thought the romance was quite doomy, but still very lovely… And the plot was great. It was just magical. I can totally see why not everyone felt the same way I did… I think it was a bit love / hate!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 18, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thank you!♥️ I’m glad you enjoyed this book more than I did! I wish I had read it a long time ago. I loved the magical aspect in this book! It was amazing! 😊

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      • Madam Mim December 18, 2018 / 5:03 pm

        Same! I actually hugged the book when I finished it because it was too good haha


  11. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate December 14, 2018 / 3:36 am

    Argh, I wanted this to be a 5-stars read for you!! But I’m glad it was still quite enjoyable despite everything… I have been wanting to try it for the longest time but I’ll try to keep my expectations super low just in case.
    Wonderfu review, Raven 🙂

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 18, 2018 / 8:43 am

      Thank you! Yeah, I thought it was going to be my next five star read! So it was a little disappointing but I’m glad I still enjoyed reading it till the end. Hope you enjoy the book when you finally get around to it! 😊

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  12. Beware Of The Reader December 15, 2018 / 12:23 am

    Wonderful review Raven. I haven’t tried this one so far yet debated to read it for year. I am not convinced I will really like it …

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 18, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Thank you, Sophie! It wasn’t bad read. If you’re looking for a magical read then definitely pick this up but if you’re looking for a fantasy read with good romance, then you might be disappointed.


  13. theorangutanlibrarian December 16, 2018 / 6:55 am

    Ah shame this didn’t live upto your expectations- but that’s fair enough- especially cos I also thought it was very slow paced. Great review!

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  14. Jen December 16, 2018 / 7:59 am

    I had this book on my tbr for a few years but ultimately took it off because I don’t think it’s exactly what I need in a book. The story, setting and descriptions sound amazing but I definitely need to connect strongly to characters and a faster plot and I keep seeing those issue again and again. Maybe someday I’ll give it a try because your review has me sooooo intrigued. Fabulous review!

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  15. Goreti December 20, 2018 / 11:49 am

    I’ve been meaning to read this one for some time now. Gotta get to it someday. 😊

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  16. Ma. Venus Gamboa January 6, 2019 / 11:22 am

    Just finished reading this book like 5 minutes ago and I loved it. It’s slow, yes but it felt right. I also didn’t have any expectations when I decided to read this so I guess everything was a welcome surprise. 😀


  17. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus February 12, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Great review. I think the synopsis that says “a duel” between two people is misleading and this is apparent to whoever already read the book. I agree with you that the romance between Marco and Celia is under-developed, but I think this is to put it mildly. They just jumped from being curious about each other at distance to their I, Love Yous. Which is fine for me if there were no Isobel there as well. Now, Marco and Celia clearly “build” their happiness on the unhappiness of another person and this is simply wrong.


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