The Night Circus

From  Donna Southard

Title:  The Night Circus

Author:  Erin Morgenstern

This is an interesting plot about the magical uses of the brain to create entertaining circus events twisted in a love story that is so intense that it moves to another plane or dimension of life.  The author includes a mystery competition between unknown adversaries which eventually turns into a love story.  The author uses a time frame that transitions between the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. The setting primarily focuses on the features of the unique circus as it moves from country to country. I found the character descriptions to be entertaining.

The Night Circus

From  Ellen  Druda
Author:  Erin Morgenstern
The Night circus [sound recording CD]
This is the story of the romance between a man and woman destined as children to become opponents in a magical game in which only the winner will survive.  We follow them through their studies and formative years as they develop their skills as illusionists, able to manipulate the physical world around them.  Their stars cross and uncross and cross again working in the Cirque De Reves as the story draws to its fantastic conclusion.  Told in lush descriptive passages, the images are vivid of this turn-of-the-century steam punk night extravaganza, filled with eccentric characters, arcane magic spells, and dramatic love.  Narrator Jim Dale weaves the dialog around the plot points with a talent that enhances the richness of the text.

Water for Elephants

From Judith Schroback
author: Gruen, sara
 Water for Elephants
 I think I’m one of the few people who didn’t love this book.  I was intrigued with the characters and the story but I felt both could have been developed more.  The leading lady fell short of getting to the hearat of her emotions.  I also would have liked more interaction with the elephant.  I am glad I read it but I would have liked more.