Monday, 15 July 2013

Book Review - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  The Night intriguing title, a beautiful illustration on the front cover and some fab reviews online, both in Amazon and on Goodreads.  I thought this one sounded interesting.........

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.(less)

Well that's what was written in Goodreads and it did indeed entice me into trying this book, but I will admit I struggled from the start.
I found the story hard to get into, slow paced and just too long to get to anything in particular.  Whereas most books I get into quickly even after a few days of attempting to read this one it just did nothing for me and in the end I made the decision to abandon it, knowing that if I didn't       it would sit unread and I would then struggle to get into another one. I am sure if i was to persevere then it would probably get better and the story would develop well but it didn't grasp me enough to get that far!

It is probably one that I will attempt again in the future.....but it would be interesting to see what anyone else thought of this book!

My star rating on Goodreads was a 1!

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