The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Posted September 29, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published by Anchor on July 3, 2012
Genres: Historical, Magic
Pages: 512
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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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.


A while back I did a review of a book with my notes that I took while reading a book.  I read Night Circus for book club, and I have decided I’ll make bullet points of all of the stickies I have in my book.  (along with short explanations, of course.)

  • Who makes a wager on someone that is supposed to be important to them???
  • There’s a WTF???? moment involving a knife, and what healing.  But seriously…. WTF????
  • I was happy to finally get some action, and not as much detail around page 100.
  • There’s a moment where Chandresh looks ill, and I wonder if Marco has something to do with it?
  • Favorite quote: “The finest pleasures are always the unexpected ones.” page 177
  • Love the interactions between Marco & Celia
  • Love the image this section paints: “When she opens her eyes, they are standing on the quarterdeck of a ship in the middle of the ocean.  Only the ship is made of books, it’s sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.  Tiny lights hang across the sky, like tightly packed stars bright as the sun.” page 347
  • Perfect example of lost love: “You believe you could not live with the pain.  Such pain is not lived with. It is only endured.” page 461
  • The first paragraph on page 505 explains stories & tales.  I love the way it’s explained as something that can dig its way into your soul, and stay there.

Katrina Sig

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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