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Sparkly but lacking substance...
on August 15, 2015
I really hoped that I would like this book, it' certainly had some very pretty ideas and interesting themes, but all in all it did not deliver a page-turning story. It took me a while to get used to the way the writer wrote the story in present tense, something about it was irritating, especially at the beginning. For example something like "He went into the the room, took off his hat and coat, and sat down to some tea." was instead written as "He goes into the room. He takes off his hat and coat. He sits down to a cup of tea." It also took a long while to establish a good connection to the main characters, and by the time you do, the story is nearly over. I also found the authors descriptions excessive at times. Some of her descriptions are well written, but many go on in excess, and you just want to get on with the story. I found myself skimming some of the descriptions just to get to relevant details. I also found the way the stories timing hopped around, a little unpleasant, it created a lack of fluidity with the story for me. Some of the interactions between Celia and Marco were well written though, to say something nice, and the idea of the magical night circus is charming. I was hoping the ending would deliver something that made the time I spent reading this book feel worthwhile, but it didn't. Just my two cents, clearly others enjoyed the book. For me this book was a lot of glitz and glam without any real substance.