The Night Circus has been on my TBR for nearly a year! I started listening to the audiobook, but it wasn’t really for me, so I got the book and finally got to read it this month! This book is unlike anything I ever expected, but it was incredible and magical and obviously, it takes place in a circus! Add the late 1800’s/early 1900’s to the mix and taa-daa; one wonderful book for your enjoyment! As always, my review is spoiler free.
“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough”
Whew! The Night Circus is one epic, magical and incredibly enchanting story. I absolutely loved it. But I also have to admit that I was genuinely so confused, I grew impatient. It’s a rather slow book with a whole lof of time jumps to different times. places and characters. I just wanted something – anything – to happen. It’s magical-ness pulled me through, and it was unlike anything I expected!
The Night Circus has many, many characters. They’re all vital to the story and it’s exceptionally well done because they’re all connected somehow. It starts with a bunch of characters, and ends with a whole new generation. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before I love it so, so much. We have Hector Bowen or “Prospero the Enchanter” and a mysterious guy in a grey suit called Alexander or Mr. A. H. who start this entire ordeal. Then we have Celia Bowen and Marco Alisdair, who are pretty much the most important characters, although I feel so many other characters make them less important. There’s also the Murray twins, Poppet and Widget (who’s actual full names I cannot remember) and Bailey Clarke. The twins are my absolute favourites. I also love Bailey a whole lot as well, but i’m still at a loss of why he was so important to the story.
The book took place in so many cities, yet I don’t know why the place setting was mentioned almost every chapter. We don’t get to see anything of the foreign countries or cities, we just see the circus. I felt like it was just so unnecessary, especially since it only added to my confusion! Also, the timings! It’s not always chronological, which is great, but – again – it’s rather confusing. I found myself having to look back a few chapters every once in a while to see what the time difference was. Luckily, the chapters were usually about different characters, so the time/place jumps were easily noticed.
What I probably loved most about The Night Circus, were the French and German influences, the setting and the magic of the circus. Le Cirque Des Réves is obviously French, the creators of the circus are English/British and Herr Friedrick Thiessen, the clockmaker, is German. Also the late 1800’s early 1900’s setting is something I fell in love with, especially because it took place mostly in the circus. The magic of the circus was insane. In a good way! You literally know just as little as the characters in the book, most of the time. This makes The Night Circus such a wonderful book. You get little bits and pieces of the magic behind the circus throughout the book and in the end, you actually know so much about it, without even realising it!
I found it so difficult to rate this book! I struggled with The Night Circus quite a bit, but I loved it so much! And the ending definitely made me love the book so much more than I already did. I feel that it’s unfair to rate it 5/5, so I’ll settle with a 4/5. I hope to reread the book sometime soon, and maybe I’ll be able to change my rating, but for now, this is how I feel about it.
About The Night Circus
The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn
As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign lights up:
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams
The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition.
They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.
Now the circus is open
Now you may enter
Have you read The Night Circus? Did you like it, or wasn’t this the right the book for you?
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