Book Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus


The Night Circus was written by Erin Morgenstern and this is her first and only book.   It was released in 2011 and I have been meaning to read it since.  I am the type of person that can be drawn in by the cover of a book.  The more interesting it looks the more intrigued I am.  If the cover is really good I won’t even bother to see what the book is about, I will just pick it up and add it to my stack.

Night Circus had me at the cover, but it grabbed my by the throat and refused to let go because it was about a circus.  I love things centered around a circus.  I love the movies and shows about freak shows.  I even loved that movie “Water for Elephants” because it was centered around a circus.  I will not go to a circus because of the poor treatment of animals.  So I make no sense with my love, but it’s there!



The back cover does a bad job and telling what this book is about.  All it says is that there is a circus that shows up out of no where and is only open at night (hence Night Circus…)  It is also a love story.

Celia comes to her father at the young age of 5.  Her mother had killed herself because of depression.  Her father Prospero is a magician, but his magic is not a trick.  Lucky for Celia (or unlucky) she has inherited her father’s magic touch.

Marco was an orphan.  Alexander found himself in need of a new student and Marco was the lucky winner.

Celia and Marco are raised and taught by these teachers for a game that will come later in life.  That game just happens to take part in a traveling circus.

Alexander and Prospero have put the two against each other to see who has the better teaching method.  What they didn’t expect was Marco and Celia falling in love with one another.  And it’s not the kind of love that can be forgotten or brushed aside.

Bailey is just a farmer’s son who falls in love with the night circus.  He can’t decide what he wants to do in life and everyone is pulling him in different directions.  The only time he feels any freedom is when he is at the circus.  It becomes even more when he meets the twins, Widget and Poppet.

Because of the game Celia and Marco have been playing, the circus is hanging in the balance.  The magic is fading and the two magicians are losing their hold on the circus.  They have to find someone else to take over so that they can be together and no one else gets hurt.

The question is; will they find someone willing and strong enough before the circus comes tumbling down?

**Personal Opinion**

This book does a lot of jumping around.  I have never been the type of person to read the title of every chapter, and most authors just use numbers now.  It took some time for me to pay attention to the titles of the chapters, which is a huge necessity for this book.  Without the chapter titles I would have been lost.

Actually I was a little lost, but in a good way.  I had all the pieces but I didn’t know how they fit together.  The end brought everything together and this puzzling story became beautiful and magical.

Some parts of me wants to compare this story to Romeo and Juliet.  There are two lovers and their guardians do not get along.  Though, I will say, this book had a better ending then Romeo and Juliet.

There are actually two love stories in this book.  Celia and Marco, which you could see from the start really.  They were made for one another.  One is strong where the other is weak and vice versa. Then there is Bailey and Poppet.  Such a sweet love story that is innocent and curious.  You don’t actually see Bailey and Poppet’s love story grow too much, you just know it’s there.  Bailey runs away with the circus and I think it had something to do with staying with Poppet.

The ending was a surprise for me, in some ways.  Celia and Marco fought so hard to please one another, even before they knew each other.  They had fallen in love before Celia even knew who Marco was.  They knew each other first, through their magic tricks.  There is no love at first sight here and this is why I love this love story so much.  There are too many stories where the characters fall in love so quick, but this one was gradual.

I loved this story so much that I might read it again some day.  It’s rare that I find a book that I would read a second time.  This one because there is a sense of magic about the book, not just the story.  I feel like if I read it again I will find something that wasn’t there before.  Maybe a door into the circus so I can experience it myself.

I would recommend this book to everyone.  It doesn’t matter what your favorite genre is.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t like books about magic.  You have to read this because it is a book for all.  I want to kick myself for waiting so long to read it myself.  This is easily going on my shelf of favorite books.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Night Circus

  1. sjoycarlson says:

    Not going to lie, I tried to read this book, got about 40% of the way though and stopped. I got bored. I read a lot of YA though, so perhaps I have a short attention span haha.

    • heartofheather says:

      That was about where I almost put it away too. But I have never been able to just stop reading a book.

      It was a little more difficult to read. I also read a lot of YA books and I fly through them. This one took so much longer and not just because it wasn’t YA. It was just all over the place.

      I would encourage you to finish it! lol The ending really makes the whole thing worth it. At least I thought so.

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