The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. (2011).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, the Cirque des Rêves delights all who enter. But this is no conventional circus. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. Behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians: Celia and Marco. At the behest of their masters, they are forced to test the very limits of the imagination – and of love.
After reading several likeable but not fabulous books, I was looking for something special to read. A good friend had lent me this book which had been waiting patiently for my attention. After finally picking it up, my only regret is not reading this sooner! The descriptions of basically everything in this story are just stunning. I don’t usually go in for overly descriptive prose but in this novel it just worked beautifully; I was entranced with the idea of the titular Night Circus. To be frank, I wish I could visit the Night Circus. I admit the storyline can be confusing at times with the vagueness, jumps in time and seemingly unconnected events; however I think this added to the dreamlike atmosphere of the book, and it does all come together in the end.
Overall: this was an extraordinary and unforgettable novel that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy magical realism stories and/or those who are looking for something different and unique to read.