Monday, March 19, 2012
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy, Standalone
Personal Rating: 3/5 (just okay)
Yearly Count: 23
The Night Circus is about a circus that only opens from sunset to sunrise and randomly appears and disappears throughout major cities in the world during the late 19th and early 20th century. However, there is more to the circus behind the scenes than meets the eye . . . the powers of two are challenged.
I had high hopes and an open mind entering this book. Unfortunately, it turned out to be disappointing. It actually began intriguing, and that was encouraging, but it quickly became confusing. I had to pull out my hardcover to read a bit (I was listening to the incredibly narrated audiobook) and try to get some facts organized in my mind. I wasn't sure if I was missing important information until I almost reached the halfway point of the book! That was bewildering.
It definitely had superb imagery and a fantastical setting with mysterious characters, but it was so very slow, and I feel like I never really got to know the characters. There were some that I could have done without and others that I would have loved to have spent more time with. Ultimately, I'll go with "just okay," but I think I liked it even less. :(