Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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.
First of all I would like to start by saying that The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite books. If I had to pick one favourite book of all time
(which seems to be a popular question) I would definitely pick this one. Yes, I just love it that much!
I just adore everything about this book – the writing, the characters, the story, the magic, everything is simply stunning. The atmosphere in this book is magical and captivating. Plus I love stories that are set in a circus! I definitely need to read more stories with that setting, as I definitely haven’t read enough of them. Even though I read this book over 3 years ago, the story and characters stayed with me all this time.
(Which doesn’t happen that often!)
I plan on rereading this book some time this year and I’ll definitely be writing a full review for it, so if you’re interested in more in-depht thoughts on this book you can look forward to that!
(Even though I’m not really sure when the reread is going to happen.)