The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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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.
Beautiful, magical, everything a fairytale is.
That’s how I describe this book. It’s definitely “literary” in its writing style. Erin makes you feel like you’re a child in an adult’s body, being read a bedtime story all over again.
Not only is this book about magic in all it’s classical, circus style but when you read it, your mind also escapes to Erin’s specially crafted world of THE NIGHT CIRCUS where you forget you’re reading a made up story and revel in the detailed story all around you.
If you want breathtaking storytelling, this is your book. It’s everything stories are meant to be and I just wish I had read (heard) it as an audiobook.
5 stars and recommended to those who love fairy tales (the real ones, not the Disney versions).
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.
Their real vice may be each other.
Addicted To You was a visual, exciting and eye-popping read. The writing was refined and developed, making every scene from parties to sex to the root of Lo and Lily’s respective alcohol and sex addictions come to life around you. I had my popcorn in a bucket and was happily sitting front row to a sexy, riveting, yet deeply engrossing show.
I bought book #1.5 and #2 promptly am SO excited for this series. Book #1 was complete and fulfilling, but there’s so much more left to experience. Great storytelling right there.
- Writing = 5 stars
– Story/plot = 5 stars
– Characters = 5
– Heat level = moderately high
– TOTAL = :D
Big 5 stars!
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