Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teen review: Magical

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
512 pages
Fantasy, stand-alone
Reading level: high school and up

Reviewed by: IMC, grade 9

The Circus is an impressive sight. Nothing announces its appearance. One night there is nothing but a barren field, the next there are soaring black and white tents with an iron gate enclosing everything. The Circus opens at Sunset, and closes at Dawn. It is unlike any other Circus the world can offer. But, it’s the story behind the curtain that holds the real magic.

Since they were six years old, Celia and Marco have been bound to one another. They were chosen to partake in a duel; a duel of magic. Not the silly parlor tricks that clowns do for fun--real magic. But when they begin to fall in love, everything holding the Circus together falls out of place. The lives of not only themselves, but everyone around them whom they hold dear to their hearts is at risk.

On a scale of 1-5, I give this book a 5 and would rate it higher if I could. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. The writing style is very poetic, with long, detailed descriptions so that you really feel like you’re in the story. I liked the different points of views from the different characters because Ms. Morgenstern wrote the book in a way where each point of view would tie together in the end.

The suspense is one of the best things about this book. It’s not the type of suspense in a horror book/movie, but there is suspense for the duel and a general, “What’s going to happen?!” sense throughout the entire book.

I felt like the characters were relateable, they were practically lovesick teenagers despite their age. The book invoked a sense of wistfulness and it truly did feel magical. All books are precious, but every time I cracked open the pages to continue reading I couldn’t help feeling that there was true magic woven into the pages somehow. I would recommend this book to any teenager (or adult) who wants to read about love and magic in a sense that is not childish, but mature and intriguing.

Editor's note: For some other thoughts about this book (and some links to more great circus reads), read previous reviews here and here.

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