The Night Circus Review – Buddy Read with Shi at BookwormInk

About: The Night Circus is a fiction novel written by Erin Morgenstern. It was published on 9/13/11 by Doubleday, 400 pages. The genres are fantasy, fiction, romance, and historical fiction. This book seems to be the author’s only published book.



Questions from Shi @ Bookworm Ink:

1) If you were a part of the circus, what would your part be?

 Shi: I would be apart of the design. I loved the whole concept of black and white and I do specialize in black and white tattoos so I would love to do that.
Jasmine: I want to be the fortune teller. I don’t have any skills in that area but I thought that would be neat to see other people’s future.

2) What would be something you would change about this book if anything?

Shi: The pace, the ending, some of the characters.
Jasmine: I would change the ending. Add an epilogue to tell what each character is up to 2-5 years later.

3) Did this book meet the expectations you had?

Shi: No
Jasmine: No. I was expecting a really good read because I see many 5 stars ratings.

My Questions:

1) How do you feel about the ending?

Jasmine: I feel unsatisfied. Why Bailey and what makes him unique? What is Widget’s intention with the man in the grey suit’s story? I feel like the ending is left open for book two.
Shi: I personally wasn’t a fan of the ending.

2) Do you know anything about this book before you decide to read it?

Jasmine: I have seen reviews of this book by other bloggers and the ratings were good. I also love the cover too.
Shi: I heard that it was good a book I had seen many people talking about and loving it.

3) Who is your favorite character?

Jasmine: I like Celia. Her magic show is awesome. Even when she was 5 and the magic she does with the tea cup. I was drawn immediately to her and curious to find out more about her. I also like that she loves to read a lot of books and her room is filled up with books everywhere. We can all relate to that.
Shi: I liked Poppet. I’m not sure why I didn’t relate to her anything I was just very drawn to her

bowline2My Experience: I started reading The Night Circus on 1/10/17 and finished it on 1/16/17. I am happy to have the opportunity to buddy read this book with a fellow blogger Shi @ BookwormInkk. Please click on her blog name to read her review of this book. I like reading this book. The circus sounds so magical and I am desperate to visit one soon. The author writes very well and I really like her descriptions and world building. The characters are all very likable and unique. I like the magic and illusions in this book.

This book is organized into 5 parts. I love part 3 and 4 the most. The first two parts were slow and I couldn’t connect any of the characters and what is really going on. Us readers will feel as lost as the two main characters, Celia and Marco, where they know that they need to study and practice to prepare for a game but they don’t know who their opponent is or what the rules composed of. The suspense drives me crazy but not to the point of putting down the book. The author’s way of writing is good in this case where she makes you ache to know what’s going on that all you can do is turn to the next page and read on. My attention was on this book all the time. It makes me curious about the man in the grey suit.

“Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, with even one other person, will change them. Writing them down is worse, because who can tell how many eyes might see them inscribed on paper, no matter how careful you might be with it. So it’s really best to keep your secrets when you have them, for their own good, as well as yours.” 44%

I made the mistake of not paying attention to the date at the beginning of each chapter and I got confused for a bit. Once I start to get the hang of the date, I understand the story more. I really like Celia in this book. She does awesome magic. I also like Poppy and Widget, especially Widget’s bottles and stories. Too bad the story didn’t expand Poppy’s feelings for Bailey. I like Bailey too, even though I don’t quite know how he can be involved in the circus and if he will be immortal like the others. I guess the author leave that up to us readers to our own interpretation. The plot is good. I’m not sure if I like the ending much, part 5 seems to leave readers contemplating. I guess I’m unsatisfied because I don’t know what will become of the people in the circus and the circus. I need an epilogue chapter for this book.


Pro: awesome cover, beautifully narrated, unique characters, magic,

Con: slow start and world building, unsatisfied ending

I rate it 4 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

***Disclaimer: I borrowed this ebook from my library on Overdrive and my opinions are honest.


46 thoughts on “The Night Circus Review – Buddy Read with Shi at BookwormInk

  1. Azia says:

    Great review, Jasmine! I’m one of the readers who rated The Night Circus 5 stars LOL. Although I definitely agree with you about the beginning. It was fairly slow and took me a while to get into. But once I got a hang of the story structure, I fell in love with the book. I really like Celia, as well. I thought she was a bit more interesting than Marco, tbh. And I’m the type of person who loves ambiguous endings, but I can see how frustrating it can be to have some questions unanswered by the end! Glad you liked it for the most part though!! 😀

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      • Azia says:

        Yeah! I like having the opportunity to begin a discussion about all the interpretations and possibilities of the ending 😀 But there are some books where I prefer a definite ending, mostly because I feel it needs it. Some books are written in a way that points to the ambiguous throughout the entire book while most are not haha

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  2. Melissa @ BookNerdMomo says:

    This one is high up on my TBR for this year because I keep hearing a lot of great things about it. Especially the writing and how magical it is. It sucks that the ending left you unsatisfied though. I am one who always wants epilogues so I have a feeling I’ll end up wanting one for this as well. Great review as always, Jasmine! Glad you ended up enjoying this. 😊

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thanks Melissa! I wanted so badly to go to a circus after reading this book and I just got news that the circus will be in town next Saturday! I’m so excited hehe the narration is really good. I would read this book again and maybe my rating could be higher but still not 5 stars. I like endings to wrap up rather than leave a mystery. How about you? You will have to make time to read this book 😊

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      • Melissa @ BookNerdMomo says:

        You’re welcome!!
        That’s neat about how a circus is coming to your town. It must be fate haha. 😁
        I’ve actually never been to circus so I wish one would come to my town.
        I’m pretty much the same when it comes to endings. I usually prefer ones that wrap things up rather than leave a mystery. Although, sometimes it does work. We’ll see if it ends up working for me with TNC or not. I definitely plan on reading it at some point this year. 😊

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        • Jasmine says:

          You can look up Garden Bros Circus. I see their schedule on the website with many cities and states listed. I think there’s another circus called Ringling Bros Circus. You live in USA right? You probably can find one in your state.

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  3. irena_bookdustmagic says:

    Ohh, I really want to read this book. From your cons, I wonder what I’ll think about the end (I have to admit I skippedyour question about the end to avoid any spoilers), but the other con, slow start and world building maybe won’t be a con in my case. Someties I like slow start, but I just don’t like when it’s dragging (like in Roseblood – that one was so not my cup of tea, I already donated my copy).
    Anyway, for stars is still really good. 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      You may love it and when I think about it, I do really like it because the narration is so captivating. It makes you want to read on. I’m just a bit impatient so I can’t handle the slow start. Also pay attention on the date at the beginning of each chapter when you read. I got confused because I didn’t. My 4 stars means I still love it. Just don’t read the books I rated 3 stars haha I see many giveaways for Roseblood I don’t even care to join. I don’t like it either. You could have hosted a twitter giveaway, like Stephanie @ TeacherofYA really wanted to read it.

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      • irena_bookdustmagic says:

        Thanks for the advice. I’ll know what to pay attention to.
        Yes, I was thinking about hosting twitter giveaway, but I decided against it bc of postage. It cheaper for me to buy someone a new book from TBD then to send one on my own. That’s why I donated it to my local library – it doesn’t cost me anythinga nd there are still people who would read it, bc we don’t have many books in English, and have more people who actually want to read in English.


  4. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy the ending, Jasmine! Personally, i thought the ending was perfect. It gave me just enough information and left the circus as a mystery. I didn’t want that spoiled!
    I also loved Celia- she is a wonderful character.
    What were you expecting from this book which you didn’t get?

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  5. Sarah Angleton says:

    I finally gave up on this one. I so wanted to enjoy it, as it sounded like it had so much potential and kept coming up as a comparison to other titles I enjoyed. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m glad you stuck with it and found some things to love!

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      • Sarah Angleton says:

        I think I came across it at the same time as Book of Speculation, which I thought it was weirdly wonderful. And probably just because of the circus element, I’ve seen it mentioned with Water for Elephants, a brilliant historical fiction. I read a lot of both upscale/literary fiction with a preference for historical, as well as Science fiction/dystopia so I love when the strange is blended with beautiful writing. I really had high expectations for Night Circus.

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  6. Inked Epiphanies says:

    Buddy reads are the best! Especially when the feelings about the book coincide hah Great reviews! Although I was sad to read that it didn’t meet your expectations :/ Totally loved the book.

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