The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
While at BEA (hope no one is sick of stories of BEA yet. Got a lot of books there I can't wait to read!), my daughter told me to go stand in line for this book while she stood in another. This line snaked all the way around the convention center I'm pretty sure and this book was being promoted as "THE NEXT BIG THING!" I read the back of it while I was standing in line, as I wasn't even sure what book I was standing in line for (this happened a lot - I just go where Stephanie tells me, but only because this was her graduation gift. Normally she does not have this much control over me.) It sounded kind of interesting, although not something I would normally pick up, but never being one to miss out, I wanted to read it anyways. Plus she gave out little chocolate mice candies with the book. Anyone that gives me chocolate is a friend of mine.
The Night Circus is about, obviously a circus that operates at night, but it was created as a venue for a bet between two master magicians, as to whose methods and protege are superior. The two dueling magicians, Celia and Marco, were entered into this bet as children and trained for this event without their knowledge or consent. As he starts to work for the circus, Marco knows who his opponent is, but Celia does not.
The story, background and characters in this book are so intricate. The style of it reminds me of the Harry Potter series, where J. K. Rowling created a completely new world and language as her setting for the books. Erin Morgenstern has a wonderful imagination and you feel like you are there, as everything is described in such detail, (but not boring, will it never end details) even down to how things smell.
The Night Circus certainly lived up to its hype and I am really glad I decided to give it a try, even though it's not my usual cup of tea. The release date is 9/13/11 and I'm sure it's going to be a big success. If there isn't a movie deal from this, I would be very surprised!!! So look for this in the fall, grab yourself a copy and prepare to be amazed and charmed by The Night Circus!!!
I give this book a 5/5!!!!