The Night Circus: A Novel, by Erin Morgenstern 

Always looking for books with a little magic, I finally discovered The Night Circus. It is set in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries (a favorite time period of mine). In the middle of the night, an extraordinary circus that travels by train appears without warning. It is only open at night and mesmerizes its patrons with black and white clad performers and striped tents filled with amazing amusements. Unknown to the performers and patrons, a magical, dueling competition is underway by two young magicians, Celia and Marco. Both were trained since childhood by two cold, controlling magicians for this purpose. Celia and Marco fall in love and you are driven to discover how this will affect the outcome of the competition, and the fates of the circus, its performers, and patrons. I despised the callousness and abuse of the elder magicians, but was dazzled by the lavish illusions, wondrous circus and clocks, and magical and romantic themes. This book will be enjoyed by adults who are romantic at heart and spellbound by magical realms.

The book is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and digital. 

I am currently reading Illusion: A Novel, by Frank Peretti. 

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Mary Haskell is a Youth Services Assistant at GCPL’s Chardon branch.