“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it…
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
This was one of the books I took with me on our honeymoon. I had originally heard really good things from other people who had read it before, but for some reason I never picked it up. When I went into Waterstones around a month and a half ago, there was a special offer on and I decided I’d give it a whirl as nothing else was taking my fancy.
First of all, I love the cover. I decided that even if I hated the book itself, at least it would look pretty on my bookshelf. However as soon as I was one chapter into the book, I was intrigued. I wouldn’t say it was the easiest book to read in terms of keeping up with characters and the ever-changing storyline. It took some concentration, and the occasional flick-back to see what I had forgotten.
The characters are so beautifully described and incredibly well thought out. Their relationships with one another are so intricately woven together. There are two main characters, but the book itself doesn’t solely focus on them. It has a whole spectrum of characters with their own story-lines within.
It is a magical book, but it’s not exactly Harry Potter. It’s more subtle magic. The kind of magic that makes you think, if that makes sense at all.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to someone who isn’t keen on reading. I think there are easier books out there that you would get into way faster and get more enjoyment out of. This is the kind of book that belongs to a daydreamer. Someone who loves getting totally lost in a story and loves escaping reality. The characters are beautiful and before you know it, you’ll have fallen in love and you’ll never want the story to end.
I’ve taken note of the author because I would 100% read another book by her.