Series : NA
Author : Erin Morgenstern
Rating : ****
Basic Plot : This delightful tale revolves around the black and white striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves. The circus arrives without warning or announcement and is brimming with acts and performances of amazing feats. Entering this circus is much like entering a world a dreams, where impossibility falls away and dreams become your reality. The circus however, is merely a facade. Behind the scenes a fierce competition, a game between two young magicians, is playing out. This duel between Celia and Marco will leave only one of them standing. Unfortunately the magic of the circus brings them together and they fall in love. The already high stakes of the game are only increased with the number of performers and patrons whose lives are tangled up with the circus.
Significance : I found meaning in this book through the connection I felt with the whole story. So many lives were tangled and tied up in the circus. Not only were the performers and the patrons so closely linked to the circus, but also those who found meaning in exploring the black and white tents. There is something about this connectivity that really appealed to me. Our stories intertwine and we do not know, or cannot see how much our lives may impact others or how much their lives impact our own. None of those relationships were an illusion, and I loved that.
Similar : The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell, A Discovery of Witches: A Novel by Deborah Harkness, The Girl with No Shadow: A Novel by Joanne Harris