Book: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
My thoughts ...
One sentence summary: Behind the scenes of the circus, Le Cirque des Rêves, is a duel between two young magicians - Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to participate in this game.
The good: I don't know why but I'm finding it a little hard to describe what it is I liked about the book (not a good sign, I know). Truthfully, there were a handful of things that I enjoyed. First and foremost, the circus - which was so vividly described that I wished it were real. Secondly, the main characters and eventual relationship between Celia and Marco. It was a slow burn (a little too slow!) but once their story took center stage, that's what really interested me. And lastly, the other characters (who I can't all name without giving too much away).
The bad: The book started off way too slow and the pace continued to be really slow for the majority of the book. As much as I appreciated the detail of the circus, for me it was the characters Celia and Marco - as individuals, pawns in this duel of magic and later as lovers - that I felt was the most important. And I don't think the author spent enough time exploring that. Instead she had all these other subplots going on which didn't feel connected to the overall story until later (and even then, I could've done without them).
Do I recommend?: I'd have to say.. maybe. While I loved the premise, I don't think it was executed as well as it could have been. However, if you like really descriptive prose over a fast-paced plot or "action", then you'd probably enjoy this. But it wasn't for me.