“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 Reves, 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. Amidst 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.”
My gosh this book is overhyped.
I had very expectations going into this due to the fact that everyone in the bookish community, especially on BookTube, seems to love it. I hadn’t heard one bad review before I myself went in.
None of the expectations that I had were met.
At first I liked the characters of Celia and Marco well enough. Then all of the other characters came into play. I became so wrapped up in trying to figure out the purpose of all of the other characters that I could have cared less about the story going on between those two characters. The more characters that were added to the story, the more my interest in all of them began to dwindle. By the end of the book, there was too many characters to wrap up around and that I were my rating started to dwindle down.
The romance aspect of this book was something that I don’t think was necessary. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was one until there was like 50 pages left in the book. Like I said when I was talking about my feelings on the characters featured in the book, the romance that was featured just kind of went under the wraps for me due to the fact of what was going on in the plot.
Now let’s talk about the plot.
Oh the plot. Or should I say lack of a plot. This book actually started off very strong in my opinion and I was enjoying it for the first like 20 or so pages. But then, it all went down hill from there.
There was way too much going on in this book. This book fell into a lot of the tropes that I hate in Adult literature. We got way too many points of view which made trying to find the main theme and focus of this book. I HATED how this book was written in the second-person point of view. Personally, reading from the second-person made this book feel more like an instruction manual than a book.
The only thing I liked about this book was the writing style.
Overall, this book was just bad in my opinion. I definitely can see why people would like this and why it is so beloved in the bookish community. It just wasn’t for me. I will give credit though by saying that I haven’t read anything like it so that’s great. I really tried to like this book but in the end, it wasn’t for me.