The Night Circus

The Night Circus

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307744432
Characteristics: 516 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 11, 2017

This is, By Far, my favorite Stand Alone Novel. I listened to the audiobook, then relistened... then read the book. Then purchased the book. I want every different copy there ever was!

What a fantastical journey Erin has taken us on. The Romance is perfectly sweet. The magic is more than I could have imagined it would be.

If I could go to anywhere in a book (besides Hogwarts, of course) it would be to the Cirque De Reves. I am a Reveur for life.

Red Roses, Em

michellejon Oct 29, 2017

Loved every incredible fantasy adventure with spectacular magical illusions!

Oct 12, 2017

Love this book, it is a page turner! The author's descriptive ability is impressive and made the book come to life. Bloody recommend.

Aug 25, 2017

A great choice for literary teens. No sex on the page, minimal violence (especially in terms of the age of Hunger Games). The time element requires a sophisticated ability to track multiple stories. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Aug 10, 2017

This was a remarkable book - recommend it highly.

madmos Jul 17, 2017

To be completely honest, I was not excited about reading this book because I am thoroughly disinterested by circuses. I was VERY pleasantly surprised. It was utterly magical - and not just for circus enthusiasts. Dynamic characters, life-long rivalries, and a romance at the heart of it all. Not your regular circus, and not your regular book.

DoctorWh0 Jul 14, 2017

A fantastically well written book by a first time author. The books is both beautifully written and full of suspense. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is A tug of war between two magicians over the fate of a mysterious circus. The imagery and the descriptions make this an unforgettable read. The fantasy elements take a back seat to the overall story. I hope to follow this author for years to come.

Jun 10, 2017

One of the most descriptive and magical books I've ever read.

May 31, 2017

Simultaneously light hearted and emotionally provoking. As a read on, I became more and more invested in the characters until suddenly the book ended and I was left with the mystery of what became of The Night Circus.

laurengail Apr 14, 2017

Adult Lit Kit - 2011

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Jul 11, 2015

"I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do."

Jun 27, 2015

"The heart of the tale and the ideas behind it are simple. Time has altered and condensed their nuances, made them more than story, greater than the sums of their parts. But that requires time. The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."

Sep 21, 2012

“People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sep 21, 2012

“Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

JewelMcLatchy Apr 18, 2012

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated.


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midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swearing involved.

midnightvupecula Jul 30, 2012

Sexual Content: Brief sexual content.

E_Kaufman Apr 06, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People's finger tips get cut off in this book.


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Ashley Chen
Mar 30, 2012

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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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