WARNING: Expect the most confusing, indefinite review you’ll ever get from me. I’ve been reading since I was eight and read hundreds (if not thousand) books already, but this is the first time I find it so hard to make a review. ALSO, I believe most of my followers have read this already so I won’t be careful with spoilers. Be warned please, if you haven’t read it. 🙂
A good book should make you feel things; emotions which you don’t usually feel at the same time with reality. What I mean is, in reality, you’re either happy or sad, angry or not. Singular emotion. And for me a good fiction makes you happy and sad at the same time, makes you angry yet want to hug the characters or the book itself. You don’t feel just one emotion, you feel things and this book did this to me.
SO it’s a great book.
But, I think Morgenstern, the author, use Manipulation aka Art to make people love this book. This book is one of the most artistic prose I’ve ever read. The words she used were enough to call this book an art. The way she depicted and described every single scene was magical, every emotion was enthralling, every action is engaging. IT SEEMS PERFECT. But then why did I use BUT to begin this paragraph as if what I was about to state was not Okay. And somehow, I feel that way. I feel like the author manipulated the readers through her colorful words so that our attention is shifted on them and unfocused on the other elements of the book.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it but the hype that surrounded this book made me believe it is perfect. Reading this book is like achieving a dream. As you dream, it seemed magical, all are starry and fantastic but once you hop into acting upon that dream, you realize, you need to do this and that, you need to feel this and that. It’s not at all stars and magic cause achieving a dream is a friggin’ hardwork.
Well, with The Night Circus, while reading it, it seemed perfect (like I said because of the author’s choice of words-magical), but then if you just focus on the story itself not on its creativity, you’ll see the tiniest of flaws.
THE ROMANCE: It wasn’t there or maybe it’s there but it wasn’t shown much. I felt like I was just TOLD they were in love, but it wasn’t SHOWN to me. Maybe because the book isn’t really written to be ROMANCE… Maybe Romance was just the subgenre. But it would’ve been SO MUCH BETTER if their romance really budded into the fullest passionate thing. Well, it did, but the development of the romance was somewhat lacking. In the story, when they first saw each other there was no inclination that a love filled with passion was about to begin. Okay, Marco was enchanted by Celia but just because he learned who she is and not really because yaa knooow… 😦
Actually as characters, Marco and Celia are soooo amazing. The only problem is that I felt like their developments and roles happened too individually and not as a couple. The other characters played well but somehow, I felt like the characters are just made to be people who belong to a circus with magic and abilities and then thrown in one book about a circus.
I mean, a circus needs a contortionist. Okay let’s put Kiko and to make her interesting, let’s make her the former contestant from the previous game. What did she do anyway? Lend a lighter to Bailey? We need a fortune teller, so let’s put Isobel and to make her interesting, let’s make her the third in a love triangle but let’s make her soooo nice so there wouldn’t be fight between her and Celia.
The Plot was very promising and somehow it delivered but I don’t see the point. Granted the quotes are all amazing like I’m gonna put them all in a scrapbook. THAT’s A PLUS!!!! But the whole point of the book, two old acquaintances decided to have a game, each choosing their player, and then throw them in a stage where there are plenty at stakes-real people, real lives.
*Deep Sigh* Again!!!
Overall I liked the book but didn’t really loved it. I love the quotes and was blown away. But it didn’t take me somewhere, it just made me feel some things but those emotions died easily. NO matter, I think this book should be read by everyone who likes arts in any form. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Oh by the way, I love the Circus itself and the book cover illustration in every edition published. I’ve read something in a review by a friend from goodreads that the cover was somehow wrong because the circus is in the palm of ONLY ONE hand., when there should be TWO-Celia’s and Marco. But I think the cover is brilliant. See, Marco is the only one who is running the circus from the outside while Celia is inside. So the cover make sense….
I did warn you about how this review would go. I didn’t make any sense maybe but well, you can’t blame me.
By the way this is my original review on GOODREADS few minutes after reading the book:
I decided not to rate this one at all… Not because I dislike it or didn’t enjoy, NO…It’s because I don’t think I’d be able to give the right number of stars that it deserves…And also NO, I’m not saying this book is perfect it’s just that some of its parts are TOO perfect while the others are not… I think this is the most indefinite review I’ve ever made… I’m not making sense, I know but…
How about you guys, what did you think of this one?