Thursday, 29 September 2011

Review & Giveaway - The Night Circus

The Night Circus
BY: Erin Morgenstern
ISBN: 978-0-385-53463-5
Pages: 387
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Over the past few months there has been a lot a buzz over the debut novel of Erin Morgenstern. I was delighted and honored to receive a review copy from Doubleday. When I removed the book from the packaging, the enchanting cover dazzled me. After I finished reading another book, I picked up The Night Circus and entered into a new magical world that I have never seen before. As I began reading, I couldn’t help but think of the book Something Wicked This Way Come by Ray Bradbury, where a mysterious night circus suddenly appears. Obviously the author is heavily influenced on old fairy tales. The descriptions are written in such detail that I could imagine being right there in circus tent, even breathing in the air.

Despite all the hype, I think the book was somewhat flat in places, especially at the beginning, where there was too much telling and not enough showing. The second  half of the book is written better and is more intriguing to read. The love story between the two illusionists is realistically written, but there was just something missing from the characters - not enough depth to them. However, I did enjoy the Burgess sisters. The Night Circus does have originality to it, but it is not flawless as critics have observed. It is a decent debut novel, full of magical descriptions and a refreshing plot. I look forward to Erin Morgenstern’s next novel.

*I would like to thank Doubleday for sending me a copy to review.


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  1. I could not agree more! Personally, I was really expecting more out of it and it did not deliver. With the mass positive reviews out there, it's nice to see an opinion that mirrors my own. :)

  2. I would love to win a copy thanks!

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  3. old follower! and i liked the fbook page!

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  4. I am a long time follower and have such great reviews about this book.

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  5. I would love to win a copy!! :)

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  8. Hi! I'm a new follower! Would LOVE to win!

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for the honest review.

    Stopping by from Cym's Book Review Party.


  11. My mother's bookclub is planning to read this, and I often compare my reaction with theirs. I'm pretty critical. I'll review the book, too, and post the review in various places online.

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  12. I want to read this book so bad but I'm on a book buying restriction. *cough* someone went a little crazy at the borders closeouts if you know what i mean! Did I mention I really want to read this book? (and I'll review it since I review over at
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  14. Thank you so much for such a wonderful giveaway, I'd love to win a copy :D
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  15. thanks for this giveaway! so many people have been talking about this book, can't wait to read it and review it :D.
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