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The Night Circus

The Night Circus is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read forever. I was slightly wary of it because of comparisons to Harry Potter. That’s a tall order, especially to a super fan like myself. However, a few people that I know (and trust their bookish opinions), highly recommended it and it jumped to the top of my TBR pile this Fall.

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If you aren’t aware of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, here’s the synopsis from the back of the book:

“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.” (Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus, 2011)

I admit that it took me a little bit to get into the story. But around page 80, something clicked and I was completely hooked. This book is pure magic. I’ve never felt so immersed in a literary world before.

I was so engrossed, that I became a character – waiting for nightfall to visit the wonders of circus. When I’d grow too tired at night to keep reading, I found myself longing to go back between the pages and enter the circus. The book was imaginative and completely captivating. Erin Morgenstern is a genius. I cannot wait to read more of her work. I definitely anticipate reading The Night Circus again. I’ve also heard good things about the audio book, so maybe I’ll listen next time.

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With this book, I found myself drinking Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with Coca Cola. I wanted something stronger than wine, but the Coca Cola gave me the caffeine jolt I needed to stay up a little later than normal to keep reading!

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Have you read a book where you were completely immersed in its world?

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*I was not compensated for my review. All thoughts and images are my own.*

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