I really enjoyed about 80% of this book. Morgenstern's writing is highly visual, and the world/circus she has created is really well described almost cinematic. Another reviewer (on another site) described her writing as "silky" and that's pretty accurate. The short chapters keep the book moving, and she does a good job of keeping an air of mystery/magic flowing through the novel, by leaving breadcrumbs along the way for you to piece together. The final 50 pages are probably the weakest, it seems she wasn't quite sure how to wrap it up. I've seen it described as a star-crossed lovers plot but I wouldn't go that far, the two lovers don't even meet until about 3/4 through the book. I would recommend the book and I cannot WAIT for the movie (the rights have been purchased.. but no timeline yet)
Jackie (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
The Night Circus is more poetry than prose--it isn't pure poetry--as it has a whimiscal and utterly magical quality too it. If readers are more into gripping action novels, this probably isn't the best choice as the action in the novel is very slow to rise, but don't let that take away the beauty of what it written. The Night Circus excels in all other areas. It is structured beautifully with well rounded characters in an absolutely magical setting. Erin Morgenstern's style is unique, concise, and is able to whisk readers away to the Cirque de Reves. I was immersed in the story as I read it, and read slower simply to make the story longer--I didn't want it to end.
Claire (Hespeler Library)
I was very disappointed with this book and it did not live up to the hype surrounding it. It wasn't engaging until over half way and even then it still fell flat.
Kim (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
I found this book to be quite engaging once I got into it. It was well written, and allows one to escape from the every day. If Le Cirque des Reves came to town, I'd be the first in line to go in!
Bernie (Staff) (Hespeler Library)
A beautifully written tale, The Night Circus caught my attention from the beginning. Morgenstern crafts complex characters with tangible emotions and stunning scenery. I felt like I could picture the Cirque de Reves perfectly as if I was walking through the tents myself. I don't know what to read next as I can't decide what would compare. This is a new favourite and one I will return to often.
Amy W. (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)