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9/14/11

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Description

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 RĂªves, 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.

About the Author

ERIN MORGENSTERN is a writer and multimedia artist who describes all her work as being “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.

Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition/First Printing edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385534639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385534635
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

 The Night Circus is a mysterious and  magical place, full of wonder and acts that create awe in anyone who buys a ticket.  Marco and Celia have been preparing for battle since their youth and when both are placed in the circus arena to battle, neither one is exactly certain what this competition is about, nor are they sure about the rules or how a winner is declared.   So they both began to create special tents in order to impress each other, not the judges and in essence become love letters.

The story is told almost in a circular fashion, with flashbacks and forwards to help bring the reader to a conclusion. There are also a few minor characters that play important roles, yet you won't connect them together until almost the very end.  Tsukiko, the tattooed contortionist, is one to keep your eye on since she knows exactly what the circus is and gives cryptic hints towards the true meaning of it's existence.  The twins, Poppet and Widget, born when the circus first starts, are wise beyond their years and are inborn with a natural sense of order for the circus.  Bailey becomes infatuated after visiting the circus and soon becomes a Reveur, a group who follow the circus, which are a fascinating group on their own.

The descriptions are lush and I found myself going back to reread this book just for the beautiful words.  I am NOT a fan of overly descriptive novels, but this one was really worked for me.  I couldn't quite figure out where the story was going until it was over and it didn't matter, I wanted to join the circus. Oh, forget the review.  THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR.  Or...at least I can't remember one I liked better so far.  

WANT TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK? 


Contest is open to anyone over 13 years old with a reliable US mailing address (sorry no PO Boxes)
Contest ends on 9.29.11 Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 9.30.11
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is sponsored by Doubleday Publishing and TWO copies are available.

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121 comments:

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  2. I am really looking forward to reading this book, I have seen only positive things about it. I am also in love with the cover! Thank y ou for the giveaway :)

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  8. I have heard some very high praise for this book and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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  9. This book sounds awesome.

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  10. I can't wait to read this book! It sounds so good!
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  12. This is one of the number ones on my eagerly waiting to read list!

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  13. Thanks for offering this book on giveaway. This has been on my wish list since seeing it on blogs after BEA. Everyone who has read it so far has raved about it. I am a new goole and email follower and also sent a Goodreads friend request. I also became a fan of Erin Morgenstern and added her blog to my google reader. Thanks again!

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  18. I've been reading glowing reviews about this book and can't wait to read it myself! Thanks for the offer. :)

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  20. I've been hearing great things about this book! Thanks!
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  23. Just sounds like a magical book!

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  25. I've read a lot of good reviews on this book!
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  30. I'm crazy about this cover!

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  35. WOW that's one positive review, one that really makes me want to read this one. I saw it on the shelf while in the book store last night, and was very intrigued. I flipped through and noticed that it all seemed to be in the present tense, which I have never read before. Does it work for the book? I'm worried that I would find to too distracting.

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  36. @Nick

    You know, I never even noticed the tense since it all flowed together so well, even with going back and forth between characters and time periods. I guess that is a sign of a well written story to me since those pieces fit together perfectly.

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  38. The present tense thing sounds interesting to me . . . .
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  43. I'm so ready for THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE READ ALL YEAR!

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  44. The book sounds interesting.
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  57. This seems to be a book that everyone is talking about!
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