Awhile back, I posted on my Facebook page that I was reading The Night Circus. There was a lot of feedback–some positive (LOVED it), some negative (HATED it), and some curious. So, I thought I’d give my own opinion of the book for those of you who haven’t given it a try yet.
Personally, I loved it. There are some books that just wrap you up like a cozy blanket and you never want to leave, and for me, this was one of them. The writing was descriptive without being too drawn out (I’m a skimmer, so if the descriptions are too long, I will gloss over and look for ACTIONS), and everything was just beautiful. This is a love story, but mixed in with the romance is magic, mystery, and a lot of fun.
A lot of people want to know what the book is about, and that is hard to describe. Yes, it’s about a circus that comes at night. A breathtaking perfection that is nothing like those stinky tent-filled things we associate with that word. The food is creative, the tents are beautiful, the atmosphere is electric and the acts are like nothing you’ve ever seen. But there is also a love story between two illusionists who are unwilling opponents in a very dangerous game.
And that is where the story becomes difficult to explain.
What is the competition? It’s a competition of magic, disguised as illusions. Both opponents are well trained in magic, but to the amazed spectators it is nothing but extremely skilled slight of hand. And the purpose of the circus is to provide a venue for each of them to display their skill so one may emerge victorious.
What is the point of the game? Honestly, I don’t know. And I know that sounds really weird. But reading the book didn’t make me feel like I was missing anything, or needed further explanation. It all just fit.
If you love fun and fluffy books, this is probably not for you. But if you’re a Harry Potter fan, I think you’ll truly enjoy it and I encourage you to pick it up.