NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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 Rêves, 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. Despite 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.
I read this book as part of the book club I am part of at Paper & Glam. It probably wouldn't have found it's way to my Nook otherwise. But, I enjoyed it. Was a good story.
The story is a well-told, gentle, love story. Love is really not the center of the story. The backdrop is a magical circus that is only open at night. It appears and disappears as if by magic. Marco and Celia are pitted against one another in a game that can only be won by one of them dying. The magic of this book is in the descriptions of the different areas of the circus. How I would love to visit such a circus. I give the book a solid 3 stars***. It is a good book!