I read this book a while ago, but never reviewed it on the blog.
I really enjoyed all of the characters along with the storyline, but this was a
slow read for me. It contained a lot of very lengthy detailed descriptions, which at times
were difficult to envision. The tents and the circus with their black and white
theme sounded beautiful, but I wish Morgenstern spent more time on the
characters and less time on the setting.
On a more positive note, the few times when
the main characters Celia and Marco were together, it was pure magic. I
absolutely flew through those sections and was left longing for more. If only
they could have spent the majority of the book together, I probably wouldn't
have been able to put it down.
also really enjoyed the interaction between Bailey, Poppet, and Widget. Poppet
and Widget are twins who were born opening night of the circus. Their
parents are performers, so they grew up within the circus and are now performers
themselves. Bailey becomes enchanted by the circus when he is a boy and is
destined to become a part of it. When the circus comes back to Bailey's
hometown, he becomes friends with the twins and we begin to experience more
of the circus through their adventures.
The love story, characters, and
elements of magic were fascinating, but for me...The Night Circus lacked the
spark needed to really capture the readers. I liked it, but it was more of a 3 star book for me. It is being made into a movie with an anticipated release date in 2014. This is one of the rare occasions when I think there is potential for the movie to be better than the book. The costumes and circus tents will be magnificent to see on the big screen.