donderdag 1 maart 2012
50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 9: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Story: 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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Start: february 26th 2012
End: february 29th 2012
Comment: I never heard from this book when I bought it, but after seeing it being compared to "Twilight" I didn't have high hopes. I was pleasantly surprised, especially by the writing style. A little bit more complex that just two syllable words. When I started it totally captivated me. It lacks solid grounds though. The plot was a bit empty, since the characters were mainly weak and 2-dimensional. I did enjoy the imagery of the novel and I loved the magical and mysterious world of the night circus. I just wished that the book kept captivating me throughout the wholy story, but unfortunately it didn't. I'm still giving this book a positive rating, because of its original theme and fantastic writing style. And I could definitely see this being made into a movie.
Rating: 3/ 5