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Q:Have you read the book Cinder? If so was it a good read cause I couldn't really get into it and I'm wondering if it's worth reading
No, I’m afraid I haven’t! But many readers rave about the Lunar Chronicles. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea :).
Book Review | The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
"We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place."
Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy; Magical Realism; Adult Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance
First Published: 2011 (Doubleday)
My Edition: Vintage Books (Paperback, 2012)
Source: Birthday Gift
Buy: Book Depository
Synopsis (adapted from Book Depository):
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads: Opens at Nightfall Closes at Dawn. As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears. Le Cirque des Reves The Circus of Dreams. Now the circus is open. Now you may enter.
So many readers rave about this novel that choosing it for our first read-along seemed inevitable to Sophie at readathousandlives and myself. The Night Circus is very rich in detail which makes the plot really intricate. It is set in the late 1800s and the early 1900s, an aspect which offers a lot of detail in itself - lovely era. The enigmatic nature of the competition going on between the main protagonists Marco and Celia instilled a good amount of curiosity in me to the point that not knowing everything was excruciating. Needless to say after having said that, this novel was a page turner from cover to cover. There were frequent time shifts, many foreshadowing devices, a handful of brilliant and distinctly crafted characters and sub-plots - not just the romance - which complimented the main one. All of these make The Night Circus a very holistic read and it is always a pleasure to read a book that comprises so many elements like the ones I have just mentioned. But what truly makes The Night Circus a compelling read is the high flown imagination and the evocative imagery and descriptions. The alluring circus almost seemed to me like another protagonist as I looked forward to knowing more about it. It is so haunting and it filled me with child-like wonder. Throughout the novel, I found myself thinking how I would not mind visiting a circus like that at all because it sounds so beautiful. Mogenstern did not fail to hold my attention even when the descriptions were rather long because they were that good. While reading this novel, I was in awe at how brilliantly she created a mysterious, dark and enticing atmosphere, especially through the element of magic, which goes so much in tandem with the rest of the book. Her writing style is poetic, but not overly so. I also admired her use of the second-person narrative in some chapters which helps the readers to experience the circus in an interesting and somewhat direct way. As I have mentioned before, the myriad of characters is another impressive feat. I am not sure whether I can choose a favourite or not but the eccentric Chandresh together with his dazzling dinner parties, the amazing story-teller Widget, the enigmatic Alexander, the inspirational Bailey, the wonderstruck Thiessen and Marco and Celia combined together - I shipped them so hard! - are a few of the honourable mentions. The ending was sufficiently satisfying but I was so sorry to leave the circus!
Rating: 5/5 stars!
Spectacular! Brilliantly crafted. I will definitely re-read it some day. I believe that in hindsight, this book is even more enjoyable. I would not mind returning to the enchanting Night Circus at all …
If you’re looking for a magical and mysterious read, this is for you. It would make an excellent winter read!
As promised, here is my feels-themed giveaway! The books/series above all have one thing in common - they made me feel something. That doesn’t necessarily mean I cried but they definitely inspired some kind of emotional response in my robot-like self. They’re also some of my favourite books. Hopefully there’s a decent enough selection for you to choose from.
5 people will be sent a book of their choice from the selection above if they’re randomly selected as winners.
Please read the following:
- To enter, like and/or reblog this post
- You may reblog the post as many times as you like but don’t annoy your followers too much with it
- I would prefer if you were following me, since this giveaway is a ‘thank you’ to my followers
- This giveaway is international, as I am purchasing books via Book Depository and they have free delivery for the majority of the world. Double check that your country is included here
- Your inbox MUST be open. I won’t be contacting anyone via fan mail
- Winners may also choose a sequel to the books pictured above if it’s part of a series
- Winners may choose which edition of the book they want, so long as it is paperback and under $15 (AU). The only exception is The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which is over $20 and hardback. I’ll only be buying this for one person (if they want it) so I have enough for the other books, sorry! I just love it so much and want to be able to share it with at least one person, even if it’s expensive
- One of the books, Alexander Altmann A01567 is only available as a prize for Australians, as it is unavailable on Book Depository. If Aussies would like this book, I will order it for you from Bookworld
- If you’re not sure which book you’d like, I’d be happy to tell you more about them and help you pick one that suits your tastes
- No giveaway blogs
- If you’re uncomfortable giving me your address, don’t be. I won’t be saving it or giving it out elsewhere or anything
- The giveaway ends August 1st 12PM AEST
- Winners will be selected using a random number generator and have 48 hours to get back to me. I’m quite lenient on that but I would prefer if people replied ASAP so I can be organised
- If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me
Good luck and happy reading, word shakers!