Teasers and 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusYesterday the literary gods smiled down upon me as I walked into a secondhand bookstore and managed to find a copy of the book I have had my eyes on for forever! Yes, there, tucked into a corner was a copy of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.
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, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays are hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Jenn over at Books and Beat.

The circus arrives without warning.No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboars, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. 
The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighbouring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered or treated with some other circus trick.' p.3 (first page)
I love this opening! There's something quite mystical and enticing about it which totally reminds me of the few times that the circus or a fair came to my town. There's just a buzz that goes through everyone at seeing that kind of revelry and excitement!

Teaser'She [Celia] cannot read the tarot well herself, there are always too many possibilities, too many meanings. But once Isobel pointed out specific elements, she could see the complicated emotion, the impending revelation. She is unsure what to make of it, though despite her skepticisim, she hopes it means she will finally be certain who her opponent is.' p.199
So this is a bit of a long teaser but I simply couldn't decide where to possible break the quote! Also, I recently got myself a set of tarot cards so I love it when they pop up in books. Hopefully I'll learn something from it. Also, who is this opponent? I need to start reading!

Have you read The Night Circus? I love the sound of Morgenstern's writing so far so I can't wait to get into it! What are you teasing today?


  1. How wonderful that you found your treasure. It sounds excellent. Enjoy.

  2. OMG!!! I've had this book sitting on my shelves for quite some time now, and I haven't read it yet!! Well, I think you've given me a push. This opening is wonderfully written, and you're right -- there's something really enticing, as well as mystical, about this scene! I love the teaser, too! Thanks for featuring this novel!! :)

  3. Juli, I remember falling in love with this cover - glad u found a copy and hope you enjoy it (I did).

  4. I love it when I find just the right book or one I've been looking for. I've heard such good things about this book. Hope you love it!

  5. I have had this title on my list of TBR since I started blogging. But I kept getting side tracked. I though surely I was the only one who had not read it yet. Thanks for the reintroduction and even better that you found it in a used book store. (I'm a bit jealous, no such store in our town anymore). I hope you love it.

  6. I listened to the audio version of this one and loved every minute of it. I want to go back and read the print version at some point. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. This book has never appealed to me despite its popularity, but I really loved the intro!

  8. What a nice surprise! I hope you enjoy the story. This book has been on my TBR list for a long time too.
    My Tuesday post features THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg.

  9. I loved this book so hope you do too. On another note, if you haven't already gotten a copy 78 degrees of wisdom is a great book for starting tarot reading.

  10. I have been ogling this one for a while. Not sure why I'm hesitating, but what a great excerpt! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “NO ONE KNOWS”

  11. You're quite right that is a magical opening and even more so as the literary gods shined upon you :-)

  12. I tried the audio book several years ago, but I quickly got lost (I'm usually doing something else while listening to audio books). I still would like to read it sometime. Girl Who Reads

  13. I read it, and I really enjoyed reading it! I hope you do too!

    My teaser is from The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu


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