I’m not a reader, really.

Finishing this book is taking me way too long. At first, I thought that I could read the whole book and finish it on one sitting. Unfortunately, I failed on that attempt. Next, I, instead, challenged myself to finish the book over the weekend- just before our finals. Again, I failed miserably on that. Now, it will almost be a week and I’m stuck on the 400th page of the book. There has been a minimal progress. I think because the book was not the usual type of book that I actually read. Normally, I like reading Young Adults and Chic-lit books. This one was different. I came across the best seller section in National Bookstore in which 50 shades of Gray was at number one. I ignored it for I don’t read x-rated books like that. Then the Night Circus, at six, caught my eye. The cover was simple yet beautiful.

I grabbed it, read the synopsis, and decided to buy it for P299.00. I didn’t even read reviews on the internet and I was completely unaware of the existence of this book and the author. I was just simply bored because there was really nothing to do during the week-long suspension due to inclement weather. And in order to kill time, reading a novel was certainly one of the best solutions.

So here’s the synopsis:

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, 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 per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

I’m not a reader, really but I’ll give this one a 3 out of 5. It was really a slow-paced book. The turn and advancement of events, and the progress of the plot only became obvious on the last few chapters of the book. The author focused too much on giving details, and introducing characters after another. And the love story that happened between Celia and Marco, the two protagonists who were both an illusionist and magicians, were a little bit too cliche. It was boring. And I didn’t get any intimate feelings over any of the characters that the author introduced. (Unlike in Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, I got moved with every feelings that the characters depicted. I, admittedly, got a crush on and fell inlove with Percy, up to the point that I didn’t want Annabeth to be included in the series. Percy’s only mine! He’s my one and only). Anyways, I think I’ll compel myself into finishing this book this weekend. I just hope that there will be an epic, yet unexpected ending. I might give it a 3.5 to 4 out of 5.

Over the three day term break, I’m planning to buy Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.


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