I don't even know where to begin when it comes to describing this book for you. I loved every single page of this book. I can't even pick a favourite character because they were all so wonderful! Aside from being beautifully written, The Night Circus has an enchanting and captivating plot and some of the best developed characters I've seen in a very long time.
I'm going to admit something to you now. I completely judged this book by it's cover. I was looking for a new book at the beginning of the summer and it met all of my criteria with just the front page: Circus theme - tick. Nordic-sounding surnamed author - tick. Dazzling - tick. Breathtaking and Enchanting - tick. Pretty front cover - tick. Slightly embossed, shiny effect on cover - tick. Tick tick tick. Judging this book by it's cover really paid off. It was the title that got me, ever since reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen about 4 years ago, I have had quite an intense obsession with the circus.
The story is about a young boy and a young girl who are involved in a challenge of sorts. The challenge is a mystery to begin with and the book jumps around in time and space from chapter to chapter meaning that you just cannot put it down. I'm not going to reveal much more than that plot-wise because I don't want to spoil a single moment of the story for you, but I will tell you this - the circus is so perfectly described that when I think back on reading about it, it feels like a forgotten memory of a real place, time, event and experience. I was blown away by this book. It has everything, fantasy, suspense, romance, personal struggle, emotion, loss and absolute exquisite beauty. I truly believe that Morgenstern is a magician herself.
Please, if you haven't read this, put it on your christmas wish list. I promise you won't be a single bit disappointed :)
the little nordic cabin