Hardcover, 387 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Doubleday (first published September 1st 2011)
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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, 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. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Before this book was released it seemed everywhere I looked there it was. Reading review blogs, there it was. I received emails from Amazon and Chapters about this book. This book that was so amazing, that it was the new Harry Potter. Its not a good thing to read raving reviews, it puts one expectations way too high.
What did I really think of this book? Well, I did enjoy it. I loved the writing style, the sentences just took on a life of there own that matched the time period and story line. Does that make sense? I guess maybe you will have to read the book to understand.
The story was original, but I can't say that I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed it, I connected more with some of the secondary characters more so. I will definitely read more by this author, after all things can only get better