The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Reviewed by Jason Koivu
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Like a beautiful picture book, The Night Circus is pretty and plot free.
The imagery is amazing. The story is not. There is nothing intriguing about "a challenge". All the important exposition (explained over static scenes) isn't even given to the reader until the later half of the book, well past my giving-a-shit point. If the challenge is a (view spoiler)[deadly (hide spoiler)] one, put that info right up front!
The second-person interludes made me feel like I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book. If I had been, about half way through I would've been intentionally trying to kill myself off just to put an end to it.
Again, The Night Circus has some very beautifully written scenes with drool-worthy detail - Morgenstern really strived to put the reader into her circus - but once this reader was inside he soon bored of the eye candy.