Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

night circus

Never have I felt so fooled than this.

The concept. A duel between two well trained magicians? Count me in. A duel between two well trained magicians AND lovers? Give it to me. It all sounds right to me. It sounds perfect. I think this could be a perfect match for my frozen heart. This could be it. And then again, I could be wrong.

Before I rant, I would like to say that I really wanted to like it. I wanted to. I tried to.

And after being promised of a “fierce competition”, “duel” and “headfirst into love”, lies are what the book told. Maybe it didn’t help that I read The Golem and The Jinni first. Now, try as I might, it’s impossible for me not to compare the two, especially since its soo similar—forbidden love-esque, the presence of magic, toying with fate/destiny. Nonetheless, I still had (false) hope. That maybe, just maybe, in the end it’ll be all worth it. And let’s just say, it was a complete waste of my time.

The writing, didn’t speak to me, it felt (sort of) fake. It was supposed to be magical, entrancing, dreamy. But it felt like it was trying too hard that it came of as a bad imitation of what it should’ve been. What I’m trying to say is that it didn’t feel real; it didn’t felt true.

And again with the lies:

Fierce competition. When did that happen?! Did I miss a chapter or so? They weren’t physically or mentally fighting. The continuity of the performance is the sole basis of the said “competition”. So basically, it’s just an endurance test. And it just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.. This book itself is an endurance test—whether you’re strong or foolish enough to finish it.

Duel. You can say that again. There are no flame-throwing, gesture-binding and tongue twister spells involved. More like a snap of a finger and boring written spells. See, they’re trying to redefine things. A true duel would mean that they would meet and fight. But no, they don’t want it to be that easy. Do they? By duel they mean, no contact with the other “fighter”—yes, they did meet; but whenever they do, they don’t fight, not ever—and no “round one, fight!”—so basically you NEVER know when they’re fighting because they themselves (characters) don’t know either. By duel they actually mean, fighting but without an actual fight.

Headfirst into love. By part three, they immediately KNEW they were in love. And no, they did not FELL in love.

For your own sake, skip this.

Rating: ✰✰

Do I like it: I wish

Recommended to: To people who like wasting their time

(Fully Booked, Mass Paperback, P 299)

Below are information about this book.

Publication: September 13th 2011 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2010)

From Goodreads:

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.


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