The Night Circus is like Harry Potter going to the circus. So many colorful characters in such a magical setting, with twisted and dark forces in the background trying to manipulate the lives around them. I loved, loved, LOVED the tale of Celia and Marco, two illusionists that fall in love despite the dangerous, and yes, fatal, challenge that lies between them. I hesitate to say too much much lest I give away the ending, but it’s definitely one of those books that won’t let you go to bed.
It’s important to note, though, that the lovers’ tale is not the only plot—there’s an exploration of familial relationships, and what people may or may not be willing to do for loyalty, love and honor. And there’s the mystical, which Morgenstern writes with such authenticity you begin to wonder if it’s real.
It’s set in the late 1800s to early 1900s, with locations spanning the globe, but primarily London and New England. I would recommend it for adults, teens and even the mature tween or two. (Love scenes are passionate, but not graphic.) Forget the Harry Potter theme park—I am a reveur, waiting impatiently for Le Cirque de Reves to come to town!
The Night Circus