If someone had asked me to rate this book twenty-four hours ago, I am positive that I would not be so favorable.
Then I got to the end.
And I finally got
You know all about this book already, don't you?
"The Circus arrives without warning."
Indeed. This book takes place in a Circus, for the most part. Le Cirque des Rêves
(The Circus of Dreams) is a magnificent circus, open only at night, and made up of tents full of wonders and amazingness that I can't even begin to describe to you. And I won't try--Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic artist who writes the way dreams are made.
The prose is beautiful. The descriptions are vibrant and made me feel as if I were there--and that's kind of the point.
I should stop for just a second and tell you how much I wanted this book. I practically stalked the Random House booth at ALA and was almost in tears when I missed the ARCs that were given out (I was in line for a giveaway for the Fictionators). Then I found it on netgalley and was devastated when I was turned down ::sad face:: Then the best thing ever happened: my beautiful friend Christine
waited in line and got me a signed
copy at ComicCon. ::jumpyclaps:: I'm forever in her debt.
Back to the story:
From the outset, you realize that there are basically three storylines going on within the book: the Circus itself, which includes Celia and Marco and the competition that they are involved in, a boy named Bailey, who seems as though he doesn't really
fit into the story, and you--as a patron, experiencing some of the wondrous sights and sounds and tastes of the Circus.
Of course, I'm oversimplifying it, because each one of these storylines is very detailed and intricate, and it is downright confusing.
Until it isn't.
There are so many things that I want to tell you about this book, but the number one thing I want to say is keep reading
. This isn't a fast read by any means. It's all so real, so much
. And every single inconsequential thing comes into play. Erin Morgenstern is a master storyteller--she's simply brilliant. And I cannot begin to understand the way even the most trivial statement made in passing proved to be absolutely monumental. I'm utterly blown away.
I don't usually like the film adaptation of books, but in this case, I am crazy excited. Summit has lots of brilliant material to work with, and I hope they do a good job. It has the potential to be amazing.
You follow me--you know I have to tell you about the romance. I'm hesitant to say anything about it but feel that I have to. This book is built up to be an epic, all-consuming romance, and that's true. You just don't know it until the last third of the book.
when you feel it--it's just...yeah. Epic. Sweeping. Swoon.
The things Marco says. The fact that he associates her with love poems and Shakespearian Sonnets. His ability to be himself with her. Gosh. I don't even know what else to say.
All of the characters, though shrouded in mystery, are distinct and multi-dimensional. The parts of them that are exposed to us are real and leave you begging for another glimpse. Though I wanted to get to know them more, I didn't ever feel that they were lacking in character or authenticity. While I had many *gasp! I can't believe that just happened*
moments, I never felt like they were acting OOC. I love that about this book.
I also love Widget.
There are a few things that I didn't love. Being confused most of the book is definitely one of them. I hated Hector and didn't feel that justice was served where he was concerned. I feel almost as strongly about Alexander, but I'm not sure. I also would like to have understood slightly more about the aging of the characters, especially the original attendees of the Midnight Dinners, and what will happen to everyone who is still involved with the Circus, though the details about Chandresh might have been an indication. Though everything came together at the end (and splendidly so), I just don't know that the amount of confusion and wth?!?
I don't want to spoil any more of the plot for you than I already have, and telling you anything else really would do that. There are a few things that I wish that I had known before I started reading, so I want to share. I wish that I knew something
about Tarot Cards. I know absolutely nothing, and even looking them up didn't offer me very much insight to a part of the book that I felt to be significant. I wish I hadn't been totally in the dark about that. Also, I wish I had written down the timeline, or paid more attention to it. There were several instances that I found myself flipping back and forth, trying to remember where they were and when it was. I very much would like to read this book again, and when I do, I will be taking notes lol Also, I want to tell you what is probably the most important thing:
If you don't know what the hell is going on throughout most of the book, that's okay. It'll make sense eventually. Just enjoy the ride. And trust--you will.
You know me and stars. If I could give half-stars, I'd give it 4-1/2. But I'm rounding up for the sheer brilliance of the story, for the awesome imagery and detail, and for Widget ::swoonysigh::.