A tragic and wonderful story of love, loss, and sacrifice!
Characters: Celia Bowen & Marco Alisdair
Setting: New York, 1873
Recommendation: The imagination and world building are like nothing I have ever read before, the closest comparison being Alice in Wonderland for it’s strange and unbelievable setting and cast of characters. The Night Circus has a similar feeling to it.
The imagery in The Night Circus is AMAZING. As I read, I could smell the treats and feel the snow garden giving me goose bumps. The descriptions were detailed enough to pull the reader in deep, but not too heavy as to smother the reader’s own imagination. Each tent was breathtaking, different, and enticing and I always wanted to know more about them. Celia's tent specifically, I wanted to watch her show and sit next to Marco and bask in their love for when he would attend and watch her, I would choke on the emotion those passages held.
The story progresses nonlinearly has an Alice in Wonderland vibe to it. Often I would reread passages or chapters a few times to catch all (or as many as I could) of the hidden secrets. Every character was planned, and calculated, none were throw away or fluffy. Even when a new one was introduced slowly, trying to trick me into thinking they were unimportant or only a device to give other characters more "face time" I was stunned by how their story thread in with the others.
Each time I finish reading The Night Circus, I am a wreck for at least a week. I cry, I mope, and I love it. The ending is satisfying, a mixture of sadness and well deserved justice for Celia and Marco accomplish their goals and in the end, how it happened was enough for me.