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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern March 22, 2012

Filed under: adult drama,adult mystery — Bethany @ 12:57 pm
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The circus arrives in town.  There are no advertisements, no advance notice.  It simply appears in an empty field.  But this is unlike any other circus- it is only open at night.  It is not bright and colorful- everything from the costumes, to the tents, even the bonfire is black and white. It is Le Cirque des Reves.

There is more to this circus than what its enchanted patrons see.  It is the venue for a competition between two young illusionists, Marco and Celia.  They were bound to the game when they were just children, not old enough to understand the stakes.  They finally discover they are competitors, that the game ends when only one of them is left standing.  But by then, it is too late.  They are deeply in love and must decide how far they are willing to go to be together.

This was a magical book- full of mystery, suspense, and even a little romance.  I enjoyed the fantastical elements as well as the characters’ interactions with each other and the descriptions of the circus.  I was intrigued by The Night Circus, hoping it had the drama and mystery of the HBO series, Carnivale.  It did not disappoint.

5 out of 5 stars


Savvy by Ingrid Law May 13, 2011

Mibs (short for Mississippi) is about to turn 13.  For the Beaumonts, turning 13 is a big deal, but not because they are teenagers.  This is the day the savvy is revealed.  Her brother caused a massive hurricane on his 13th and the family was never the same.

The day before Mibs’ birthday, they find out their father has been in a major car accident and is in a coma in Salina, Kansas.  When the younger kids are left behind with the preacher’s wife, Mibs realizes her savvy could be just the thing to save her father’s life.

The Beaumont and the preacher’s kids stow away on a pink Bible bus and set out on an unexpected journey that will change all of their lives.  Will they make it in time for Mibs to save Poppa?

I didn’t love this book.  It was a decent coming-of-age story about a girl who realizes she is no longer a child with some magic thrown in.  Being a Nebraska native, I wasn’t a fan of portrayal of Nebraskans either.  (I’ve never told anyone to “get frittered.”)

2009 Newbery Honor Book

2010-2011 Golden Sower Honor Book


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