- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The book seems to have pretty polarized reviews with folks either loving or hating it. In my opinion, the writing is simply stunning. It is not a fast-paced read, not a ton "happens" for much of the book, but that's okay by me although I know it isn't a fit for everyone. I was less-interested in the book's billing as a love story (another complaint among readers is that it doesn't really fit in that realm despite the book jacket's promises) and more in just falling into the circus.
For me, four stars and maybe even four and a half. You need to be fully willing to suspend disbelief and buy into the magic. You also need to be okay with more detail than plot. I will say that there ARE a lot of characters, and many do take center stage in at least one chapter, but I had no issues keeping everyone straight. Recommend to folks who just like beautiful writing and are fine with slower plots.