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Book Review: The Night Circus

Friday, 17 June 2016

Firstly, I just want to say a massive thank you to the lovely Milly from Milly Writes for recommending me this book as part of our collaboration. We decided a while ago to collab on a post through a blog chat, and as we both love reading a virtual book exchange seemed like the best idea. I recommended Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, you can go and read her review of it here. Milly recommended The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which she told me was a bit of a slow burner to begin with, but not to give up as it picks up and when it does you won't put it down.
‘The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.’

I didn’t actually find the book to be that much of a slow burner at the start, but then again, I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. To me, most books you read these days are fairly predictable in a way, within the first few chapters you can guess how the overarching story will play out. With the Night circus you honestly don’t have a clue how everything will go, all of the twists make for a gripping story. You invest in each individual character arc because you simply don’t know what will happen to each of them, well at least I invested anyway.
At first what I will say is that some of the plot strings do start out slightly disjointed from the story that drives the book. I initially wasn’t sure at first how they would all connect into the tale between Marco and Celia, who are linked right from the very beginning. In some ways it can be a little confusing with the time jumps and viewpoints it is written from, but as the book picks up pace Morgenstern slowly intertwines them all in a way that appears as though they were together to begin with. That being said, it's a little confusing with the 15 (I know, 15!!!) different view points used throughout the book. I mean it makes a nice change to the usual continuous first person of the main character, at times however, it can be a little much.
These are the different characters if you were wondering:


3.Tara Burgess
7.Mr. Barris
11. Widget
12. Mr. Murray
13. Lainie
14. Tante Padva
15. Tsukiko

Anyway, I adore her the flow of her written style, the wordplay is simply gorgeous. This is one of the reasons it saddens me that she hasn’t written any other books. On her website it says she’s working on another novel so fingers crossed it’s released this year or next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, thank you Milly for recommending it as it is definitely one of my favourites now. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel, because despite the romantic plot driving it, a fantasy is what it is at heart. I’ll give it 4/5 as even though I loved it, there were some issues I had.

If you enjoyed my post and want to find out what Milly thought of 'Me before you', you can head on over to her blog, milly writes.
You can keep up with her on twitter here and if you want to make sure you never miss one of her brilliant posts then follow her on bloglovin!

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