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Random Book Reviews #1

Sometimes I am too lazy to write full reviews.

This is what happens.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Two boys, one name. Also romance and friendship and extraordinary musicals.

I enjoyed it – of course I enjoyed it, I love John Green and David Levithan is amazing. However, I didn’t come away from it thinking anything other than that was fun. The writing was gorgeous. The characters were solid (if not a little predictable). Not life-changing, but definitely not bad.

4 shuriken stars.

Paper Towns – John Green

Boy likes girl. Girl disappears. Boy searches for girl. Road trip = fun times.

Loved this one. It grew on me as I thought about it, and I learnt a lot from it. Fun characters, fun times. However do I love it as much as TFIOS? That’s hard.

5 shuriken stars.

Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Girl’s mum is a prostitute. Also it’s set in the 50’s which makes it extra fun to read.

Loved the setting, loved Josie, loved loved loved the writing. Especially loved Willie. However, some of the characters were a little under-developed with such a short book and I didn’t feel like it came to much conclusion by the end (also, the twists were kind of predictable, though not bad twists at all).

4 1/2 shuriken stars.

Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Boy meets girl. Girl has supernatural powers. They fall in love.

Expectations were way too high going in.

Forgot that I was reading a high school paranormal romance until it got to the book and then I went “Oh. Right. This again.” The characters were fun (though the emphasis on Lena being such a special snowflake because she wasn’t a ‘slut’ or ‘fake’ grated on my nerves, and – though I wouldn’t know from any personal experience – there seemed to be a lot of negative southern stereotyping), plot was a little dense and hard to follow, and I admit that I wasn’t paying much attention while reading, but the book held my attention.

3 1/2 shuriken stars.

Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan

The demigods meet, but unfortunately, it’s not like the Avengers.

Kind of disappointing, to be honest. The initial interactions were very mild and friendly, which was a little boring. I was looking forward to some complex characterisation and relationships, but everyone was pretty content with each other. (Except Leo and Frank, whose tension was more annoying than interesting. The love triangle amongst all the other love triangles was just one too many, I’m afraid.) Also, there wasn’t much character development, but I always enjoy seeing my favourite characters, and the plot is beginning to gain pace.

4 shuriken stars.

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The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E Smith

Thank you to Headline and NetGalley for the ARC of this book!

Recently, all I wanted was a nice, simple and engaging book to get through. Nothing too dense or too slow or too mind-numbingly dull. I wanted a book that let me put life and all its stress on the back burner and relax.

Good job this book came around.

Summary

Lucy and Owen meet. They move around a lot (and I mean a LOT). Other stuff happens, but not really. Actually, not at all.

Cons

It really isn’t a complicated plot. It was all very predictable, which made it easy to read, but not the most compelling book of all time. The formula is obvious from the beginning.

And predictability is a theme in this book. The characters don’t have much personality. They are likeable and fun, but not exactly unique, and I wouldn’t be able to call them out in a line-up. The interactions and ‘twists’ were very easy to guess, and all of it felt very clich√©.

Pros

However, there was nothing really wrong with the book. Lucy and Owen are, sure, not the most ground-breaking of characters, but are still very likeable and easy to relate to. Their situations were adequately sad and their romance wasn’t bad or unhealthy or forced – a nice change from the usual stuff that comes spewing out of young adult romance.

Granted, they didn’t have much chemistry.

I wanted to believe they liked each other. They kept saying how often they thought of each other, and you could see the plot lines threading themselves in that direction, but I never really believed it. I rooted for them because I knew I was meant to root for them, but I never believed their attraction went past slight interest, much less a core part of the book, and the only plot line. Their conversations were nice, but never progressed from that until the very end, where it was quite nice. Not much improvement there.

The writing style was simple yet effective; I had no problems with it. I wasn’t completely blown away by its amazing-ness, but it never made me cringe nor groan, and that’s rare. So yeah, go writing style.

Overall

This book is very meh for me. I liked it, but not past that. I would recommend it lightly to anyone wanting something not too difficult or dense. The Geography of You and Me is a good book, I give it that, but I don’t think it’ll shake up the world any more after reading it. 3.5 shuriken stars. I would really like to read more of Jennifer E Smith’s books, because I had a fun time reading this book, and if you’re being bogged down by stress or want something easy to just fly through, I think you should pick it up.

Ship Breaker- Paolo Bacigalupi

In short, this wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.
I first heard of this book while looking on goodreads on the side bar of “readers also enjoyed similar books” with the similar book being The Knife of Never Letting Go (aka the best book to ever exist). So of course I had high expectations of this book- through no fault of its own, only because “it was in the wrong place, at the wrong time” ūüėõ

Summary (from goodreads because I’m lazy…) ūüėõ

Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life…

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

*my little edit because goodreads hasn’t included some details*
The main character Nailer meets a girl and of course he rescues her. They then try to run off together but of course things get in the way- e.g. Nailer’s creepy messed up dad who has serious anger issues.

Cons

Circles
I felt that it was going in circles. The plot started and ended in the same place. The ending was almost too happy because all the bad people basically disappear or die and most of the good people survive

Characters
I felt like I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. They seemed kinda one-dimensional and I just couldn’t connect. So whenever something sad or happy happened to them, I just couldn’t feel the same.

Plot
I hate to be mean and harsh but it felt like a wild goose chase. Nailer and the girl were just running around like headless chickens trying to run away from the bad guys, and it just kept going in circles. To give an example of this, when I read I often lose my bookmark and therefore have to find my original page. When reading this I found that I would always be rereading parts or skipping some parts and then having to reread the entire thing because I just couldn’t get the plot into my head.

Pros

Possible future
I love the name of the next book “The drowned cities”. It seems to mystical and beautiful. I felt that this book didn’t live up to what it could potentially have been, but it has potential to improve. The world was pretty awesome

Final showdown
There’s the saying that you never really know who you truly are unless you are under pressure e.g. a life death situation, or at least from my memory it goes something like that. In the last fight scene (not proper fight- just the “good guys” against the “bad guys (aka Nailer’s crazy dad”, I felt like this situation was kinda replicated. *spoiler hint alert* Such as when Nailer’s dad was trapped he became a little puppy with the cute wide eyes, and we realise that even though he is such a horrible person he didn’t used to be and underneath he still has some nice parts.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Killing isn’t free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It’s always a trade”
  • “I’m a chess piece. A pawn,’ she said. ‘I can be sacrificed, but I cannot be captured. To be captured would be the end of the game”
  • “It‚Äôs human nature to tear one another apart. Be glad you come from such a successful line of killers”

Overall
It was just a so-so book. There weren’t specially any bad things about it but at the same time there weren’t many specially good things about it too. 3 shuriken stars

Partials- Dan Wells

Partials (Partials, #1)

Summary

It’s a post apocalypse world and the rest of humanity has ended up on this island while the rest of the world is overwhelmed with Partials- robots who were genetically engineered to help end this war a while ago- and they look exactly like humans and from what we know they don’t age. And the rest of humanity is doomed because there is this illness called RM that causes babies to die.

So we follow the main character called Kira who decides that she needs to capture a Partial to cure RM ans save her best friend, Madison’s, ¬†child. So then she goes to the mainland captures a Partial, goes back, escapes with the partial, goes back to the mainland, is the experiment, then finds the cure and goes back to her home and saves her best friends baby daughter.

Cons

Slow Beginning
I found it hard to get into partly because the entire first part of the book is what it says on the blurb and I kinda wanted the proper plot to actually get started.

Couldn’t get into it
Usually when I get a book out from the library I finish it before I had to renew it, but this time it took me 3 renews to finally finish it! By the time I was properly into it I think I must have been at least 2/3 through with it- mainly to do with the awesome plot twist!

Possible Love Triangle
There wasn’t one in this book, but I wasn’t sure which other section to display my concerns… At the end of the book Kira decides to go off with Samm (the partial)

Pros

Romance
As I said before there was a love triangle, but the good thing about it was that it didn’t overwhelm the book. It didn’t become one of those books that was so heavily focused on the romance that the plot suddenly dissipates and dies. It was good how Kira kept to her boyfriend even though she was travelling with others for weeks. But

Plot Twist
Unlike many recent “plot twists” that I have read lately, this plot twist was actually half good! It was something that I would have never expected and to be honest it will probably be the reason why I will read the next book. The only sorta flaw I have about it is that I don’t understand how it works because it completely goes against the information that we know, However I like this because it will hopefully mean an interesting plot and character development in the next book.

Characters
Not all the “good characters” were “good”. And when I say that, I don’t mean there was a traitor among them. I just mean that Haru who is Madison’s husband, is a complete idiot. It just gives some diversity to the book which makes it pretty awesome.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Well, thanks for not shooting anyone, I guess”, said Marcus. “My contribution was to somehow refrain from peeing myself. You can thank me later”
  • “I’ve never been this wet in my life, ” said Kira. “Even immersed in a bathtub I swear I was dryer than I am now. ”
    “Look on the bright side, ” said Marcus.
    Kira waited.
    “This is the point at which you would traditionally suggest a bright side. ”
    “I’ve never been a real traditional guy,” said Marcus. “Besides, I’m not saying I know a bright side, I just think this would be a great time to look at one.”
  • “If you can’t know the truth, said Isolde, live the most awesome lie you can think off”
  • “I need a sample of your blood,’ said Kira.
    Marcus raised an eyebrow. ‘I didn’t know we’d reached that stage of our relationship”
  • “Was that the girl who went to Manhattan with you?” Asked Marcus. “I think we owe her a cookie” “I think we owe her a whole damn bakery” said Xochi”

Overall
This book wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be just because usually I have high expectations. As to recommending it- if you feel like you could cope with my list of cons as well as others that you will probably discover, then read it. Overall though, I would give 3 shuriken stars: the “average” rating of dystopian books that I have been reading lately.

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Around mid-May, I went on a reading binge. I hadn’t been reading any YA fiction by choice for months, and so the first free day I had, I read one novel and six novellas. My sprinting pace of reading abruptly came to stop when I reached Requiem by Lauren Oliver, but the 24th of May was a black hole of endless reading, consuming as much fiction as I could get my hands on.

The first book that started this all was Thirteen Reasons Why. It makes me wish that I’d read thirteen books on that day, for a more symbolic resolution but alas, was not to be. (Wow, did I really just use alas? Oh dear lord, what is happening to me…?)

The ONE reason why I picked this book up was it’s absolutely MASSIVE hype. Everyone praises this book as eye-opening and life-changing and thought-provoking, so I went in with skyscraper-high expectations. Expectations that very few books would be able to meet, and that did not bode well.

Summary

Hannah Baker’s last, vengeful act before committing suicide is to leave a series of hateful tapes to the thirteen people who drove her to kill herself (well, that’s technically not true, but that’s a bit of a spoiler, so we’ll leave it there).

Clay is one of the thirteen on the list, and receives the tapes, listens to them all, and reminisces. And not much else happens, which explains why this book is mega short.

Cons

The Writing Style

The narrative is interspliced between Hannah’s commentary, and Clay’s commentary on her commentary. However, it read very awkwardly. Hannah’s is one-sided dialogue to whoever she’s talking to, which makes the blunt and direct style very realistic, however Clay, who’s commenting, in his head, about her commentary, feels very out of place. It’s like someone is listening to two songs at the same time by alternating between them, a few lines at the time. Sometimes Clay would narrate to us some parts of the story that seemed completely unconnected but tied together in the end, and other times he would be reacting directly to whatever Hannah said. The problem is, Clay’s narration had the exact same tone as Hannah’s, a direct I’m-telling-this-to-someone-else kind of voice, which felt very opposing to Hannah’s conversation.

Clay’s direct reactions could have been taken out of. I knew we had to see the way he felt about these things, but I felt that a lot of the reactions were unnecessary, as we were being told everything instead of being shown anything. Plus, this very direct writing style felt incredibly juvenile and unpolished. It made it a very fast read, definitely, but it just wasn’t to my tastes.

There felt to be a very preachy, overbearing author presence in Hannah’s narrative. It felt more like a self-help book for kids explaining why you shouldn’t be mean to people, and a lot of her narrative was so cold and factual, explaining all the details of what people did wrong, that it took me out of the story. It’s a very good message, and should be preached, but it was done in the wrong way in this book. It was not subtle at all, and was told far too directly.

Characters

Because of the extremely short time space, there was no time for any character development at all. Throughout the book, Hannah’s narrative is when she is on the edge, angry and hateful and vengeful and accusative, but we never really get much of a look at how she was before. This makes her quite a one-dimensional character, because there’s really no chance to develop her. Clay spends far too much time telling us flashbacks, instead of showing us flashbacks, which I would have preferred.

And now here come the SPOILERS.

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Clay’s tape was like a complete letdown. I was getting very excited for Clay’s tape, as he kept portraying himself as this completely nice and perfectly lovely guy. I wanted to see this hidden dark side of himself that even he didn’t know about. I wanted him to find out this one dark and horrible deed that drove the girl he loved over the brink, and sit back and try to re-evaluate his own life, everything he knew about himself, and either carry on, or embrace his negativity.

Instead, it turns out, he’s the exception. He’s just there because she wanted him to hear the story. Goodbye, potential character development, hello, one-dimensional character with no meaning.

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AND I HAVE NOW VANQUISHED THE SPOILERS. VANISHUS SPOILERSUS. HUZZAH. YER A WIZARD, HUMBLE BOOK REVIEWER.

Shortness

I’m not saying that short books are bad, on the contrary, I read six novellas that day, remember? I think stories should always be as long as they need to be, and this book suffered from missing a good 50-100 pages of something else. Possibly more.

I needed flashbacks. I needed scenes of Clay not listening to the tapes. I understand that the tapes consumed him, and that he needed to obsessively listen to them, but some insight on what he was like when he wasn’t listening to them would have made some nice character development. Or flashbacks to their lives, because I barely know anything about these characters. And in a book like this, which kind of relies on it’s characters, it’s important that we come to care for them more than we want to.

Pros

Interesting

It certainly never let me get bored. It’s the type of book that somehow sucks you in with it’s ease to read, and it’s simple yet interesting premise. And I had a very satisfied feeling after reading the book, the type you get after investing so much of your time into one thing so addictively. When bad things happened to Hannah, they made me feel sad, but more because they were horrible, not because I cared for her anymore than I would any other character. God this is turning back into a Con.

It’s good I promise!

It wasn’t Bad

It really wasn’t, I just expected far too much from it. I’m sure if you went into it open-minded, you would really enjoy it, as I did, though not as much as I should have.

Quotes

  • “A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
  • “But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”
  • “You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is…now.”
  • “I sat. And I thought. And the more I thought, connecting the events in my life, the more my heart collapsed.”

Overall

It wasn’t bad, no, it really wasn’t. But somehow, though I’ve never read any other books in this specific genre, it felt clich√©. It felt like the bare bones of what a book about suicide needed to achieve. It relied to heavily on the initial reader reaction of anyone committing suicide, and hoped that would illicit emotion instead of a connection to these characters. The book was too short and the writing style needs to mature.

I would say that the author just needs some time to develop his style and characterisation, as the entire novel just doesn’t seem… finished. It reads like a draft rather than a novel. I would say that Jay Asher’s later novel is probably a lot better, but I don’t know, I’ve never read it, I’m just speculating.

So… rating? Um… 3 1/2 shuriken stars seems about right.

Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

SOME SPOILERS!

Before you judge this book based on what other popular angel books lurk out there, listen to me. This book is not what you think it’s going to be. I know a lot of you are going to be expecting what I was expecting (cough hush, hush cough). Or perhaps on of the other books in the angel section of YA ¬†(e.g. Fallen, Halo) that I have never read, but I have also heard from very popular opinion that they resemble hush, hush. (by the way, that’s not really a good thing.)

If you want a summary of my hush, hush review, here it is “Ew. No. Get away from me. No. Wrong. Bad. Stop.”

However this book is what happens when authors get it right.

Summary

Clara is an angel, and has found her purpose in life is to save this beautiful, amazing boy that she’s been seeing in her dreams, however lots of stuff happens that gets in the way.

Cons

Cover

This is both a pro and a con.

The covers for the book, while beautiful, are also misleading, just because I’ve learned to distrust covers of girls in long dresses looking forlornly at something. After all, both hush,hush and Wicked Lovely had beautiful covers, but were not so beautiful on the inside as they were on the outside. Factor in this pretty cover with the blurb about angels on the back and you’ve got a very cautious Weishi looking at it and wondering why she’s putting herself through this.

On the other hand, that is a really nice cover.

Writing Style

The writing style wasn’t hard to read, or very awkward to read. When I first started reading, I felt like she used way too many short sentences, where there could have potentially have just been commas. It felt very strange reading the description in this short, blunt, voice with lots of tension even when she was just chatting to her mum or doing mundane tasks. Perhaps it’s because I expected the writing to be very flowery and flowing at first, but then it turned out to be the opposite. Either way,¬†I would¬†have preferred a more descriptive and interesting writing style.

This will be associated with THOSE books

This is probably going to go in the supernatural romance YA section, where there are hoards of terrible books (I cannot say that with complete confidence as I try to avoid most of those books in that section, but I assume that a lot of them are written more because of the trend than to tell an interesting and unique story). This book deserves to be classed somewhere else with good books, not surrounded by horrible, awkward and repetitive novels about emotionally abusive relationships that are portrayed as good, and incredibly stupid leading characters.

Pros

Clara

Clara is a believable girl, for being a quarter angel.

She’s really pretty, but she knows she’s really pretty, which is a relief in YA Fiction. Most of these female characters must be close to blind as they never see their complete obvious attractiveness. Clara’s completely embarrassed by her new hair because it takes away how pretty she is. And she’s not perfect!

She’s not this angel prodigy who’s supposed to save the world or whatever. She’s just this normal average angel. And she’s likeable. She’s actually likeable.

Well done, YA fiction gods! We have found a likeable character!

Love Triangle

The love triangle finally made sense. Cynthia Hand¬†acknowledged¬†this stupid magnetic connection excuse that authors use because they’re too lazy for actual character development.

Clara feels this magnetic connection towards Christian (ironic name, right?) because he’s her destiny. She’s meant to be with him. But just because she’s supposed to be with him, that doesn’t mean she wants to be with him. It’s like this completely irrational mega crush that she has on him, and she knows it feels more like lust than love.

Because she falls in LOVE with Tucker. Like, actual character development love, in this bunch of scenes that make the novel feel more like a¬†Nicholas¬†Spark’s novel than a Paranormal Romance. It spans over a time period, and is definitely not immediate.

Kay

Marcie Miller from hush, hush¬†is what Kay could have been. She could have been a real sandwich about everything and a massive stereotype, and to begin with I really did think she would be some clich√© mean girl. But as it is becoming a theme with this book, Kay was more dimensional. Not that Clara came to like her, god no they were horrible to each other, but Clara came to understand why Christian loved Kay (fun fact:¬†every time¬†I try to write Christian, I type Christmas first by mistake an have to go back and change it).Kay’s actually kind of nice, not this complete sandwich.

The End

Holy crap, that ending. That twist.

Oh my god.

I want the next book, that ending. Whoa. I really did not see that coming.

Quotes

  • “Tucker,” I say. “I’m so glad you’re still here.”
    I throw myself into his arms. He hugs me tightly.
    “I couldn’t leave,” he says.
    “I know.”
    “I mean, literally. I don’t have a ride.”
  • “I feel like Cinderella sitting in the middle of the road with a pumpkin and a couple of mice, while Prince Charming charges off to rescue some other chick.”
  • “I think he seriously believes that deflowering an angel could mean an eternity in fiery hell.”
  • “In fact, I’ve essentially given up on the idea of flight altogether and accepted that I’m going to be an angel-blood who stays earthbound, a flightless bird, like an ostrich. Maybe, or in this weather, a penguin.”

Overall

Hmm… What to give this one?

It’s more of a fun read than an amazing amazing amazing book, however it rose from the ashes of terrible paranormal romances and showed how it’s supposed to be done.

So 3 1/2 shuriken stars. Perhaps it wasn’t perfect, but it was exempt of all the problems that plague nearly all paranormal romances. And I’m actually very interested to see where this series goes.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

SPOILER WARNING: There are a few spoilers floating around here. You have been warned. 

From my extensive knowledge of intellectual stuff (and by that I mean reading The Mortal Instruments), I know that Morgenstern means Morning Star, or Rising Star, or something.

Right, back to the review.

I don’t know how to introduce this. I feel like I’ve slowly gotten progressively worse at reviewing books, because I can never decide what to give things. ¬†Before, it was like “HUZZAH! THIS IS FOUR SHURIKEN STARS!”, and now I just don’t know.

Who cares, let’s give it a go anyway.

Summary

The blurb on the copy I read is really awesome, as they take the first three lines from the book.

“The circus arrives without warning.¬†No announcements precede it.¬†It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

So I’d say go with that one, but if you want a really bad, made up summary, here goes nothing:

There’s this competition thing between these two really annoying old men, who enter these two kids to “fight” in Le Cirque de R√™ves (imagine there is a weird hat thing on the first ‘e’). Then the kids grow up and fall in love.

Cons

Plot

I realised that about halfway through the book (around 200 pages in) that nothing had really happened. It was still all build up. Pretty good build up, but still it hadn’t gotten to the main crux of the story yet. However, because of this, the plot seemed very forced. It did feel like Erin Morgenstern was just forcing a plot in because she realised that she needed one.

Seriously, the relationship with Celia and Marco was so contrived. I mean, I know it shouldn’t feel like it because years and years pass, but it really did feel like insta-love. We don’t see most of the interactions between them to understand how they fell in love with each other. I thought it was more built on fascination and flirting than actual love.

And I would have preferred a more tragic ending. (Maybe I’m sadistic. Maybe I’m not. Maybe I’m overusing brackets/parentheses. Maybe I should stop rambling and get back to the review.)

Characters

Marco was annoying.

Not in the usual way that most characters annoy me, as in what he says and what he chooses and who he is in love with (AKA Nora) do, but in the way that for someone so clever, he was  really stupid. Seriously? How did it take him what, 10 years to break up with Isobel? Not good. Really not good.

Some of the characters came off as very bland, because they weren’t really the central characters to the story.

Marco and Celia weren’t the central characters to the story, either, the circus was.

And the Night Circus was pretty awes0me as a character so it’s all good.

But seriously, Marco, get your act together. Tell your girlfriend who don’t even see most of the time that you want to end it BEFORE falling in love with this girl that you have the murder.

The Competition

Was not the competition that I was expecting. It was like interior design.

Well, really advanced interior design with magic and stuff, but still interior design.

You’d think with those really awesome magic powers they would do something really cool and interesting, like battles or fights or at least a wizard’s chess game like in Harry Potter, but no.

I think that some of the people’s¬†disappointment with this book probably stems from the misleading blurb on some of the other editions. Here’s an excerpt:

“But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway‚ÄĒa 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.”

So that sounds like something really action packed and face to face and awesome, but it’s not. It’s really not.

The duel is who can add the most pretty rooms in the Night Circus. The two contenders barely see each other. And then they get bored and use it for magical flirting. It did not give a sense of impending doom. At all. Not even when people died.

Pros

Atmosphere

The characters aren’t what makes the Night Circus special to me, and neither is the plot. There are no extreme emotions I get when a character dies, or suffers, or succeeds. It’s the entire atmosphere of the Night Circus, and the circus itself, that really carries the story and the beautiful writing style and visuals created through these words.

And that is awesome, because the Night Circus is awesome. I really want a film to be made of the Night Circus (either animation or real, both will work), because it’s so visual and enticing and awesome. Also, I feel like so many of the ideas were so vivid but would be carried out a lot better with a film format. The black and white theme and all the tents and the entire atmosphere, I feel, would be carried out a lot better in a film. Also, I think I would feel a lot more emotional connection to the characters on the screen, since those subtleties in emotion would be portrayed a lot better to be seen than read about.

 Creepy Dads

When Celia has her fingers constantly sliced open and she has to heal them over and over again… Man, that was cool. And the bit where she took the pocket watch apart. Holy crap I want to see all those scenes on screen, it would be awesome. It would be like awesome awesome. The two tutors were both really creepy and awesome and yeah. Basically yeah.

Writing Style

Erin Morgenstern can WRITE. Look towards the quotes if you don’t believe me.

Covers

Beautiful and completely fitting to the atmosphere and the colour scheme matches the circus and the drawings are beautiful yet it’s intricate enough to be intriguing and simple enough to stand out and catch someone’s eye.

Use of Second Person

One of the great things I loved about the Night Circus is that you wanted so badly to visit this magical place full of amazing things. And the use of second person was brilliant to really entice the reader into the circus.

Quotes

  • “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”
  • “We lead strange lives, chasing our dreams around from place to place.”
  • “You think, as you walk away from Le Cirque de R√™ves and into the creeping dawn, that you felt more awake within the confines of the circus.
    You are no longer quite certain which side of the fence is the dream.”
  • “You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

Overall

3 3/4 shuriken stars¬†for the Night Circus. I think lots of people would fall deeply in love with the Night Circus, but personally, I’m the sort of person who prefers character development, so it wasn’t for me. But I am definitely going to read whatever Erin Morgenstern writes next, because good god, ¬†can that woman write.