Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: September 13, 2011

Synopsis: 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.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Verdict: This book is so amazing that I can't even construct a proper, articulate review and instead am reduced to writing phrases that I hope can convey at least a fraction of this book's radiance.

The Night Circus is an enchanting, fantastical, spellbinding story. Erin Morgenstern is a literary genius. This book was a warm fire on a cold, winter night; a blooming rose in a bushel of weeds; and a gleaming diamond in a pile of coal. It read like a dream that I never wanted to end. Everything about this book was perfect- from the gleaming black cover to the very last sentence. It's strange how much I really wish I were able to visit the Le Cirque des Rêves. I can almost imagine that it really exists, that this beautiful circus filled with the most unique people is really out there. That it's visiting different cities as I write this review. That if I'm very patient and if I wish hard enough, it will appear out of nowhere in my own hometown. But until then, I will satisfy myself with opening this book and re-reading the adventure and falling in love all over again.....

In conclusion, I hope my review (if you can actually call it that) will convey two very important things: the first, how much I loved this book and second, that I hope I have convinced you to read it, or the at the very least add it to your to-read pile. If I have, then I have succeeded in what I set out to do and my work here is done.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cover & Blurb Reveal: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux, #3
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: December 11, 2012

Synopsis: No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

About the Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true. Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion). Jennifer also writes adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn.

AND..... Lookie what Jennifer posted on her blog:

You're welcome.  ;)

-Kristen ♥
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