The Night Circus Book Review

The Night Circus: Book Review by Arlene

4.5 stars for The Night Circus


The Night Circus Book Review







The Night Circus Review


“Watch Out!! The Circus Is Coming To Town!”

Curl up with this enchanting page turner.

This wonderful book was recommended to me at the end of last summer by my lovely niece Laura. Thank you Laura!

The artwork alone on the front cover of the paperwork edition is mesmerizing in itself. I will always choose the actual book over digital every time. I picked The Night Circus novel at Barnes and Noble,  and loved the feel and look of the book. I just love the interesting and mesmerizing front cover and this one will remain on my bookcase front and center!!

Okay, enough about me, so let’s get to the review.

There is a buzz going around that the circus might be coming to town! A circus that simply materialize at nightfall like magic, as though it has always been there even though the field it sits on now had been empty the day before.

It disappears the same way – there it is and then it isn’t! So you will wonder how do they do it, how can this happen?  The long lines to get into the circus seem to be forming already even though it is still daylight!

This circus is called Le Cirque des Rêves and it only opens at nightfall, like clockwork, every night, while it is in town. Oh, by the way, I could never forget the clock!! The clock holds a mighty place in this story!

The people stare at the clock that sits just inside the gates that no one can properly describe.  The black sign painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, the one that reads:

“Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn”


This is The Circus of Dreams. Now you may enter!!

You see, Le Cirque des Rêves moves from town to town, country to country captivating the audience in their new and exciting adventures within the circus.

You will be amazed at this unique venue which is full of breathtaking black and white striped canvas tents. Each tent is more enchanting, magical and mysterious than the others. Each tent holds mysteries and you sometimes feel like you want to be there forever but you move on to the next.

You will ride Celia’s Carousel, experience Marco’s Cloud Maze and The Labyrinth they both collaborated on.

As you will see as you enter this world of dreams, when you enter some of the tents you will wonder how you will get out as the door you entered in may disappear as the show inside the tent begins.

I will let you wonder about that dear reader as this book will entice you to keep turning the pages.

Underlying the theme of the story line is a challenge and a competition going on between two central characters, Celia and Marco. They initially do not know each other but know the other has been out there preparing for many years to meet and win this competition.

You will meet a cast of characters in this story and will be entranced at each of their stories.There is Prospero, Celia, The Man In The Gray Suit, Marco,Poppet and Widget, Herr Frederick Thiessen, Isobel, Bailey, Tsukiko and Chandresh Christophe Lefevre.

How will the competition end between Celia and Marco?  Who will win, will they survive and how will their lives be affected in the future?


The Night Circus Recommendation


I do not think you will ever forget or regret reading The Night Circus.

ErinMorgenstern has created a rare and original book. One like I have never before read. I felt like I was there experiencing the illusions as they were happening. This book is intoxicating all the way through.

Morgenstern has done an excellent job in tying the changing events all together as you keep moving along with the circus. You will be intrigued by the illusions, magic and enchantments.

Throughout this enticing story and cast of characters is also a love story and you will need to know the ending.

If you need a change from the usual “Who Done It” novel come along for the ride. You will be enchanted and mystified. This unique book is a gem. Thank you Erin Morgenstern, your imagination is beyond expectation!

So, Come One, Come All to Le Cirque des Rêves!!


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17 thoughts on “The Night Circus Book Review

    1. Hello Sharon,

      Thank you for your thoughts on The Night Circus. If you decide to read it I think you will find it to be an interesting and entertaining experience.

      I appreciate your comments.

      Please stop by again; we love comments!

  1. Thanks for a great review Arlene! These days I usually only read short stories but your review has inspired me to pick this one up.

    You are right, the cover itself is attractive and intriguing. This is on my to-read list!

    1. Hello Shaz, I appreciate your comments on my review.

      The Night Circus is an interesting and unique novel. I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks so much!

      Please stop by again and read our other reviews 🙂

  2. I have to check out the free version of it; you made made me interested in it. I’m going to check out your reviews some more first.
    I do like your website. I would like to thank you for your effort and honesty. Seems like this truly is your passion and I really love that.

    1. Hello Maurice,
      Thank you for your interest in our book club. Our readers seem to like our recommendations and reviews.
      We are trying to pick a variety of genres as not everyone will enjoy reading the same type of books. We are trying to answer that question that arises when our readers finish one book and say “What book should I read next?”

      Please stop in at Arlene’s Book Club again. Thanks

  3. I must admit because of my personal feelings about circuses, I would not have given this book a second glance just for that reason.

    Thank you Arlene for this review, and for making sure I don’t miss out on what seems like a very intriguing read.

    1. Hi Hindy,
      It is great to hear from you once again.

      You can be assured The Night Circus is not your typical circus. There are no clowns here! There is although intrigue, mystery, magic, wonder, characters you will remember and so much more.

      This is truly a unique and different kind of novel. Not to be forgotten!

      We are happy to have you at our book club.

  4. This Night Circus review has taken me on a journey within the Cirque des Rêves, I love to imagine myself at the circus seeing all the different performances and the visuals to capture the my imagination.

    This is a really nice sounding and interesting book and it will be on my list of future reads.

    Thank you for the great review.

    1. Hello Thomas,
      Thank you for comments on our review of The Night Circus. This book was so well written you can feel the presence of these characters and the circus itself as you read along.

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

      Thank you again for stopping by.

  5. I really like the way this book is written. It isn’t done the traditional way, it’s in a non linear way. I do like how the story is told though; it’s in a third person perspective.

    I would say you need to read this book if you’re looking for something different. It certainly is unique in it’s own sense. However, to truly appreciate it you’re going to want to read the book twice to fully understand it.

    All and all, I give this book 4.5 out 5.

    1. Hello Garen,
      I totally agree with your comments on The Night Circus. As I was reading it I had the same thoughts as you have expressed. Unique is the word to describe this book.

      I do plan on reading it again when I can fit it in to my reading plans. Please stay tuned for our upcoming monthly selections. We are trying to find some great books out there!

      Thanks for stopping by at Arlene’s Book Club.

  6. I haven’t read this book yet. But it seems like it is a book I would truly enjoy reading. I’ve been looking for a new book to read. Will have to pick up a copy of The night circus. Thanks for such a great review. I haven’t been so excited to read a book as I am right now!

    1. Hello Eloah, I hope you truly enjoy reading The Night Circus. Thank you for your gracious comment on my review. This is a uniquely written novel and I believe the author Erin Morgenstern is a gifted writer.

      I hope my review lives up to your expectations!

      Thanks again for dropping by at Arlene’s Book Club.

  7. Hello Red Rabbit,
    Thank you so much for expressing your feelings on this wonderful book. You have captured the essence in how The Night Circus has left a lasting impression in my reading history. I will never forget how much I enjoyed the experience. I could not have expressed it better than you.

    Please stop by again and I hope we can provide a book recommendation that you may enjoy.

    Thank You!!

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced any book like this…

    Maybe except reading Alice in Wonderland as a child… but in a way that was the kind of experience I gained from The Night Circus, like getting lost in a Wonderland for adults. So much vivid imagery and depth and emotional connections and heart breaks and joy…. I loved every bit of it! I really can’t say enough how much I loved this book.

    Thanks for an enjoyable review, so happy to hear other’s love this book as much as I do!!

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