Rating 4 Stars
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
I think at the end I was a bit underwhelmed. Yes, like people have said before, this is greatly put together in a way we don’t often see. Most than enthralling and captivating which are the adjectives most of us have used to describe the book, I would rather say sophisticated, in both elegance and complexity. Tasteful to the smallest detail.
When I finished I realized, it was all about the Circus. The characters, the story, all seemed inconsequential. Every five-page description served the propose of building the essence of the Circus. All about constructing ambiance.
Sadly, it lacked momentum or impact. The pace was slow and was maintained this way throughout the book. When it finally started to show more rapid timing, and things started to get more interesting, there were only 100 pages left.
I would say it failed to fulfill my expectations. It was beautiful, great, and, yes, interesting, but ultimately unexciting. *sad face* However I think it deserves the 4 stars.