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The Night Circus

The Night Circus
By Erin Morgenstern
Doubleday, 2011
Audience: All Teens
Challenge: TBR Pile!

From Goodreads:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

I really liked this book. It was beautifully written, and I would have liked reading it when I was a teen and had run out of actual teen books to read. It did take me a long time to read and I didn't concentrate on it as much as I would have had I not had a million things to do. My favorite part: the ending. I liked the air of mystery and how everything unfolded. There were parts that I didn't understand, and I am looking forward to discussing it with my friends.

"The circus arrives without warning..."