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The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

tinytomes's review

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5.0

2020 Book 3: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

rachs's review against another edition

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3.0

I thought this would be an extraordinary book, judging how many people I know have rated it really high, so why not give it a go.
Sadly, I found it, slow, confusing and it just lost me and I was bored.

2.5 out of 5

I may do a re-read of this in a few months

philyra91's review against another edition

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4.0

The Night Circus is one of those novels that start, go and end rather slowly. Not much, in terms of action, happens and the prose is all about descriptions, descriptions, descriptions. I will admit though, that the prose was beautiful and that Erin Morgenstern really does have a way with words. The way the story unfolds is really, really good. Everything's so layered nicely, you really do need the patience to get through with this but by the end of you, I'm sure some of you will be pleasantly surprised.

What I didn't like though was how the blurb talked about two magicians being pitted against one another in an epic battle, a fierce competition to be declared the winner and all that. First of all, there was no epic battle, not physically anyway. There certainly was a fierce competition between their imaginations to see who can dream up the wackiest stuff but it wasn't an epic battle.

The romance was...underwhelming as well. It came out of nowhere and suddenly they were together! They were in love.
SpoilerIt went on about how the different tents they created from each other's imagination were love letters to each other and all that.
The love story just felt a little off.

But still, all in all, a great read. :)

hlford22's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

haileylm's review

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3.5

i’m honestly a little conflicted by this book… i thought that the writing was good and the circus was a fascinating idea, but i’m not sure about the execution? some of the plot lines were a little all over the place which made it hard to follow, and i wasn’t in love with the main romance. still enjoyed though!

alliemkraft's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

mallygummy's review

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mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

micmezle's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

justcathh's review

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Just didn't enjoy the vibe.

mohogany225's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious reflective relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75