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Books and Reading Wednesday- Mid-August Review

The Night Circus by 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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

I picked up this book because I had seen it reviewed and praised on quite a few book blogs, and it eventually pushed me into buying it.

The opening instantly seduced me into this world of magic and mysticism. As I was reading, I was lost in the book and the incredible dream-like state it evoked. The author’s way with words are almost poetic and really created a smooth feel to the story.

The story began straight away, which I was pleased with, but I have to say the story did drag after that. There were parts that seemed unnecessary filler. Beautifully written filler, but filler nonetheless. I’m not a great fan of books where a lot of it is just fluff, rather than moving the plot along.

But when the plot did move along, I thought it was a brilliantly crafted piece of story-telling that I could completely lose myself in and forget about the things around me.

The descriptions were practically edible they were so good! And I strongly suggest having some kind of yummy food next to you for the dinner scenes, because the way the author describes those moments I could taste the desserts! But again, a lot of the writing was bulked out with beautiful description rather than pressing forwards with action and plot.

The story jumps back and forth between different years and months, which I found a bit awkward to keep up with at first. But, as I got to know the characters and read about the events of the story, I could keep up well and remember easily what had happened and what was to come.

I loved all of the characters, especially Bailey, Poppet and Widget. Each character was unique and distinct, and I found myself connecting to each one in different way.

The love story throughout was beautiful, but again, it took some time to get into. It was worth reading through to get to the end of it though.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Night Circus and am very glad I read it. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a story they can get lost in, who wants to find a magical world of awe-inspiring descriptions and intriguing characters.

But, be warned, it is a long story where a lot of it is just well crafted fluff with stunning descriptions. That is worth reading too though, just for writer’s talent at crafting words.

Make sure you’re in for a slow-burning read.




Progress Report:

Status of fifth manuscript: Writing first draft.
Daily word count: 2573 (Total word count: 15757)

Books read: 3/4

End of August Indie Review: Written and ready.

24 thoughts on “Books and Reading Wednesday- Mid-August Review

    • Yeah, I’m not a fan of slow reads. The plot has to be a good pace for me to keep with it. But I stuck with this one, and I’m glad I did for the pretty descriptions at least 😀

      Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  1. I’ve considered reading this book so many times, but I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s slow, which is so not for me…
    But I really want to read it. I’m so indecisive! 😀
    Thanks for this review.

    • It is slow, I won’t lie about that 😀 The plot is not the main focus of the book, it is more about the writer having fun with writing pretty descriptions.

      Could be a book you have on going whilst reading others?

      It was a long read, but I am glad I did read it all in the end.

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  2. Another fair and honest review. As writers it’s good for us to learn different techniques and observe how others approach things, and as readers, it’s nice to experience different things. I’m curious about the book, and appreciate the review 🙂

    • It is better to be honest when reviewing, though obviously it’s always good to note personal taste. Me, personally, I am not a fan of long books unless it’s well paced. I would say this one was very, very slow 😀

      Thank you for commenting, glad you liked the review 🙂

  3. I’m currently listening to this book as an audiobook. it is kindla slow but as you said the descriptions are simply fantastic.

    • An audiobook would work well for this book I think, being able to put it on and listen to it whilst dong other things would help seeing as it’s such a slow read.

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  4. I’ve been on the fence about this book ever since it first came out, but I think I’ll just leave it at a pass. I get so busy that, if a book drags, I just give up on it anyway. There are so many out there that won’t, you know?

    By the way – your book came to my house today! I did a happy dance.

    • It is a very slow read, and the plot didn’t really go anywhere amazing, but I’m glad I read it. Though it’s not a book I would normally read and I have to say I would never read it again!

      Ahhh! I really hope you enjoy the book 😀 It’s so nerve wracking but exciting having people read it!

  5. Thanks for the thorough review Mishka. I like knowing about the feel of a book, so I can determine if I’m in the mood for it. I tend to enjoy books with heavy dialogue rather than description. But I might just check this one out for descriptive writing technique.

    • The author really did have a talent for writing description, especially food, which doesn’t help when you’re on a diet and every meal is written so well you can almost taste it 😀

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

  6. You are right! It kept me fascinated because it was so pretty, but then you try to tell the story to someone and not much really happens. Slow burning…perfectly put!

  7. I actually just recommended this to someone!

    I really enjoyed The Night Circus but surprisingly few people have read it. It’s one of the few books I’ve forced myself to read slowly to draw it out for as long as possible.

    I have to agree with the description that the writing is practically edible, when I’m telling someone about it I usually use the word delicious because there was no other apt descriptor I could think of!

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