Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan over @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!
This week’s recommendation is:
The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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 Rêves, 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 feel like I’m kind of cheating with this one because most of the bloggers I’ve come across have already heard of or have already read The Night Circus. But I will continue recommending this book to anyone and everyone unto my grave because I am so in love with it.
I’ll admit that it took a while for me to get into this one, but once I hit about a third of the way in, I was hooked. I love carnival themed plots and I love magic, so this book was basically a dream come true. It’s very fantastical, but Morgenstern’s writing style makes it seem as if many of the magical moments that take place in the book can really happen in real life.
The Night Circus is filled with gorgeous detail, lyrical language, and wondrous magic tricks that fill you with awe. I was impressed by this lovely book and I hope you will be, too should you choose to read it for the first time!