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The Night Circus | by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(Doubleday, 2011, 400 pages)

The Night Circus isn’t your typical circus novel. No, it’s about much more than the circus setting. Celia and Marco have been training almost their entire childhood to play a game of magic against each other. Their trainers, however, reveal little about the game, their opponents, or how the winner is determined. One of the few things they are aware of is the setting of the game, which is to take place at a circus. A circus that arrives at towns without forewarning and is only open from dusk to dawn. The mystery of the circus matches the mystery of the game as these two try to outdo each other with their magic skills. But once their identities are revealed to each other, that complicates things more than they could have imagined.

One of my favorite things about this book was how well written it was. The characters are strongly developed and the plots are interwoven so delicately that I didn’t struggle with the constant back and forth between years. I love when an author is able to come full circle with a plot and Morgenstern does that so well that I didn’t even realize that it was happening till the very end when it clicked. This book was pure magic from beginning to end and a great read.

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