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.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Why did it take me so long to read this book?!
This book is stunning. I have a hardcopy of this book but when I found out that Jim Dale narrated the audiobook, there was no question that I needed it.
There are so many people who love this book and I think maybe that is what put me off of reading it for so long. I was scared I would hate it. But of course, that did not happen. The Night Circus is a beautiful story. And even though I predicted where certain relationships were headed, it was not the type of predictability that takes away from the story.
I enjoyed all of the characters. All of the characters stories were nicely woven together and I loved learning about each of them. No character was left behind. All of them were fleshed out and all of their backgrounds were colorful and interesting.
The only reason I cannot give this book 5 stars is due to the main relationship not being more front and center. Typically I enjoy books where the romantic element is not the focus, but for this story, while I enjoyed all the friendships and relationships between all of the characters, I really wanted more from the romantic relationship between the two main characters.
Published by Pocket Books on January 31st 2017
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When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic and rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, there’s an undercurrent of danger that exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery out back in the nearby woods. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself…
Dafuq did I just read.
Stephen King is the only author who can use even blatantly obvious foreshadowing, and still make the outcome completely interesting. Even when expected. It’s a talent.
It’s been a hot minute since I have read any Stephen King. I honestly cannot remember the last novel of his I read. I have read a handful and none of them disappointed. And this was no exception. As with all his novels, the pacing is perfect. Even when I thought for a moment that there was a lull in the middle of the book, I realized when I got past it, he was setting up a sense of normalcy before punching me in the gut. And the reveals! Even when I was expecting them to some degree, he still managed to take me by surprise in his delivery.
All of the main characters and even some of the secondary characters were fully developed. I felt like I really knew all of these people and their actions made sense based on their personalities and their backgrounds.
The only reason this book is getting 4 stars instead of 5 from me is due to the ending. While I liked the ending for the most part, there was a character who I didn’t feel closure with and I really wanted that. I was left wondering what the hell happened to them. It was a loose end that I really wish had been tied up. But other than that, Pet Sematary is an amazing read. I cannot wait for the new film adaption coming out in 2019.
I am behind in my book reviews and now it’s been a while since I have read some of them. Here are my quick thoughts and ratings.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 3/5 stars. Meh, this is more like 2.5 rating for me. I read all eight comics. They were okay. Honestly, I like the show better.
History is All You Left Me: 5/5 stars. Adam Silvera breaks my damn heart again. Jerk.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You: 4/5 stars. Just want I wanted. Enemies to lovers. A favorite trope.
The Nowhere Girls: 4/5 stars. This was heartbreaking and intense. And all too familiar.
The Wicked Deep: 4/5 stars. Beautifully atmospheric.
The Perfect Mother: 4/5 stars. Creepy and a pretty good “who done it.”
Meaty: 4/5 stars. I will read/listen to anything Samantha Irby puts out into the universe.
Anger is a Gift: 5/5 stars. Very timely. A must-read for everyone.
My Plain Jane: 4/5 stars. Not quite as good as My Lady Jane, but pretty close. Can’t wait for the third book.
I have four books to read before January 1st to hit my reading goal of 50 books this year, and I am in a reading slump. I think I put unnecessary pressure on myself to read a ton during readathons and I get burned out super fast. I only read one book during SpookAThon and didn’t even finish one book during LaLaThon.
I need to get out of this reading slump. My tried and true methods are: read non-fiction, short fiction, or smut. Currently I have some non-fiction and one shorter fiction novel checked out from the library. I am going to start with the non-fiction and hope that does the trick. Only four books to go!