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i'm excited you wrote about this book. i've been eyeing it for a while, but wasn't sure what to think. from this little post, i've decided to make it my next e-book.

as for the potter shaped hole in our hearts... i completely agree.

have you read a discovery of witches by deborah harkness? that was quite an interesting read (in a non-harry-potter-magic-kind-of-way). other series i enjoyed: outlander by diana gabaldon, game of thrones by george r.r. martin, and inheritance cycle by christopher paolini :)


I thought almost exactly the same thing! I really loved the circus itself (and I wouldn't be surprised if I, too, am suffering from a post-HP lack of magic in my life) and I think Morgenstern did a wonderful job imagining and describing it. But the duel itself and the relationship between Marco and Celia didn't seem as carefully thought out. I still really enjoyed the book though and am excited to read more of Morgenstern in the future :)

Brittany Smith

I've been wanting to read this book since I heard an interview with the author on NPR months and months ago! Glad that you liked it, maybe I should pick it up this weekend.


I had a similar issue with Harry Potter...similar issues, I guess. First, I also have a Harry-shaped hole on my heart. But, secondly, I wondered how Harry ended up being so selfless an courageous, when he spent his life being cowed by his only family. It's a strong picture of nature over nurture, the Dudley/Harry comparison...even though his mum and his aunt were sisters...
I haven't read The Night Circus.


I LOVED this book. It is my favorite book that I've read so far in 2012! I didn't want it to end. It made me want to go to The Night Circus and wear something red so I could be a rêveur.


I really have not been able to read recently, but I think this sounds pretty cool-different and quite dark (not normally something i go for)-am going to put it in my basket!


I absolutely ADORE this book. Still reading it actually. You spoiled just a bit of it, but it's cool. I don't hold grudges....for too long. ;)

This book was suggested to me through a site that keeps tabs on my likes purchases so it was right up my ally. My favorite thing about this book was how visual the descriptions were. From the French cafe, to the backstage rooms, to the inside of the tent, and so on... The conflict added a nice amount of tension throughout the story. It kept me wanting more. I'll probably be a bit sad when I'm finished.


I've been wanting to read this for a while..at first I wasn't very interested because I thought it was about something totally different...Let's be honest, I actually didn't care to research it, but I've heard some good things about it recently so I shall give it a try. :)


I just finished it this morning; read the whole thing in about a week. I agree, it never felt like their duel was very high-stakes, even though it was obvious to the reader that it was going to be to the death.

There were some bits in there that irked me about Celia. At one point she says. "It frightens me how much I like it... How tempting it is to lose myself in you. To let go. To let you keep me from breaking chandeliers rather than constantly worrying about it, myself." Marco never once says that he wishes he could stop being a strong independent person in order to have someone take care of him. This is something you only see women do in fiction. They start out self-reliant and intelligent and in control and as soon as they meet a man they need someone to protect them from themselves. True, both Celia and Marco are racing at the end to sacrifice themselves for the other, and they seem to end as equals, but it's a trope that I see in books again and again.

I was much more interested in all the secondary characters' stories than Marco and Celia.


I haven't read this, but I have been attempting to squeeze in some summer reading as of the late. This book sounds utterly fantastic. I'm a lover of conflict and like elements of the magical/supernatural if incorporated in a way that isn't over done or too cliche. Adding this to my must-read list! Thanks! 3


I absolutely ADORE this book. Still reading it actually. You spoiled just a bit of it, but it’s cool. I don’t hold grudges….for too long. ;)

This book was suggested to me through a site that keeps tabs on my likes purchases so it was right up my ally. My favorite thing about this book was how visual the descriptions were. From the French cafe, to the backstage rooms, to the inside of the tent, and so on… The conflict added a nice amount of tension throughout the story. It kept me wanting more. I’ll probably be a bit sad when I’m finished.

Laura Rayburn

I felt the exact same about this book. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Le Cirques du reves, and the idea that the circus had a group of followers that were dedicated to finding the circus. I didn't understand how the two fell in love so quickly and how they immediately sought to rebell against the directions they had been taught and groomed to move in for their entire lives.
I also have a Harry Potter shaped hole in my heart.


I've not read (or even heard of!) this book but it sounds exciting!! I may have to find a copy for myself :) Thanks for the review!


I've had this on my list of books I want to pick up some time for a while but I have seen a few people saying it takes a long time to get into/is boring/have given up on it! Good to see a good review of it!


I keep hearing about Outlander... probably a sign. I should check that out soon. :)


I think it's important to remember that Harry wasn't raised beside Dudley as an equal. He was always put down, neglected, and considered inferior to his do-no-wrong cousin. So I think instead of it having a negative impact, it helped him to realize the type of person he didn't want to be. I think that was a huge point of the series in the end - everyone has a choice, and Harry chose to be good.

(Clearly, my Harry Potter shaped hole is a gaping abyss).


Sounds kind of like Hunger Games too...putting it on my list!! I need a good fiction :)


It sounds like a mashup of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, with the tiniest hint of Water for Elephants - mostly the circus part of WfE. Anyway, I think that means I'd like it :) I'll have to look into it!

Patricia Picard

It is OMG so funny, because for days I've been trying to explain to my friends and my boyfriend that Harry Potter hole thing. I said, it's funny because I study In literature, the summer I should read Marguerite Duras, Balzac, Melville, you know... but but but there is that thing about magic, about night, about mysteries that was all in Harry Potter and god, I miss it so much. So, guess what? I'm gonna read for sure that book, thanks for filling my hole hahaha xoxo


I loved this book. I loved the premise and the setting. It was whimsical in a way that I haven't read before. I too was disappointed in the love story. I think they trusted each other too fast. Their infatuation with each other wasn't exactly believable to me. There were so many fantastic characters that the author created but weren't exactly explored. I wanted it to be darker and more mysterious.... something more like, "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. If you haven't read that one, you should. It's good and there is some magic in it as well!


This book has been on my bookshelf for quite some time, but I haven't had time to read it yet. Maybe I should start, because it sounds great :) I'm afraid the Harry-shaped hole will never disappear but hey, we keep on trying!

Sarah Rooftops

Yes, I read it and felt much the same - some of it is BEAUTIFUL; I have never wanted to visit a fictional place so badly; but the emotions weren't explored as much as I would have liked so it sometimes felt a bit style over substance. I would still recommend it to people, though.


I've been looking for more books to read, and this sounds like a perfect one to add to my list!


I enjoyed this book, but I definitely agree, the conflict got boring. It had so much potential (by that I mean, I was definitely hoping for some Hunger Games-esque conflict/love stuff combined with epic Harry Potter-esque action/drama, I'm going to be honest). While the plot wasn't perfect, the non-linear sequence was engrossing and kept me guessing, and the sensory detail and figurative language were breathtaking. It seemed like a fairy tale, in the best of ways.


I actually put off reading this book because I was so disappointed by Lev Grossman's The Magicians. People and critics said many similar things about it and The Night Circus - so much about them being perfect for adult readers who grew up reading Harry Potter. And while The Magicians didn't pan out for me, I absolutely LOVED The Night Circus. While I do agree that Celia's and Marco's relationship could have been explored more, I wasn't necessarily disappointed that it wasn't. The book was about so much more than their relationship, and I loved all the details about the circus and other characters.

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