Book Review: The Night Circus

nightIf there is one downfall to being a book addict, it’s that I collect books at a far faster pace then I can read them. As my collection of books continue to grow, novels that I had every intention of reading quickly become forgotten at the bottom of my to-read pile. This was the case with The Night Circus. While I received The Night Circus as a Christmas gift well over a year ago (as in Christmas 2011), it has sat in my pile of unread books until this past week. I know. Pretty shameful! Luckily for me I finally picked it up and gave it a shot!

The story of The Night Circus revolves around two young magicians named Celia and Marco, who have been trained since they were children for a competition that they know little about. Raised apart from one another by instructors with very different training methods, the testing of their skills begins with the opening of the Night Circus. Over the years, both Celia and Marco use their magic to add elements to the circus beyond one’s wildest imagination, including a garden made entirely of ice, a tree that grants wishes, and a maze made of clouds. What both of their instructors fail to predict, however, is that Celia and Marco will fall in love with each other, making the outcome of the competition all the more dramatic, as only the winner will survive.

One of the things that I enjoyed most about The Night Circus is that the novel encompassed so much more than just the story of Celia and Marco. Intertwined with the main plot were glimpses into the lives of some of the other characters involved with the circus, including my personal favourite, the clockmaker Herr Thiessen. There was just something about Herr Thiessan and his group known as the Reveurs that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! The book itself was also extremely imaginative, and I fell in love with the concept of a circus that only opens at night from page one! All of the descriptions of the circus’s stunning spectacles, marvelous tents, and delicious delicacies had me wishing that I could just jump into the book and experience it for myself.

When it comes to book/movie adaptations I always believe that the book trumps. Call me crazy then, but for once I actually think that the story of The Night Circus would be better as a movie! While the book certainly does a great job of bringing the circus to life, there were times when even my imagination could not fully process all the sights and sounds being thrown at me at once. A movie adaptation, on the other hand, would allow audiences to experience all of the magic of the circus while still enjoying the story itself. You can imagine my excitement, therefore, when I found out that the rights to adapt the book into a movie have already been purchased by Summit Entertainment. My fingers are crossed that this magical story will make its way to the big screen soon! Until then, I’ve been filling my craving for magical circuses by watching trailers and clips from Cirque De Soleil!

Rating: 4 Stars

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Night Circus

  1. I bought this one when it first came out and still have yet to read it. 😦 My book club has decided to read it this summer so now I’ll be waiting even longer but I’m very interested to see how I’ll react to this beautifully described world.

  2. I actually received this book as a gift this past Hanukkah. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m hopeful that I can find time to do so before a year has gone by. But as quickly as I buy books, I guess we’ll see what actually happens!

  3. As you know, this is on my list of “Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read This Yet” books .. so I am so happy you’ve read it! Just from what I’ve heard about it and the descriptions you gave, I can totally see it being an amazing movie, like you said! I’m glad it had such vivid descriptions! Great review, as always!

  4. This is one of those books that I want to read so much because everyone I know loved it, and then I get scared… what if I don’t like it >_< It sounds so beautiful though, and I'm so happy to hear that you loved it! I really need to get this one moved off my TBR pile into my Read Pile

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