The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and asks you to turn to page 56 (or 56% in your e reader) of your book (any book) and share a sentence or two that doesn’t have spoilers.
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and is about sharing the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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.
The circus arrives without warning.
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, 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.
With your ticket in hand, you follow a continuous line of patrons into the circus, watching the rhythmic motion of the black and white clock as you wait.
Beyond the ticket booth the only way forward is through a heavy striped curtain. One by one each person passes through it, vanishing from sight.
I’m not that far into this at the moment, but as so far it seems engaging enough. There has been tonnes and tonnes of hype and enthusiastic glowing reviews about this with a lot of people saying it is one of the most magical books they’ve ever read and I can tell this is not going to be a book that will give up its secrets easily, but my main hope is this book is readable and enjoyable. This has been listed as a favourite so many times that it’s hard for me to believe it possible to not like this book at least a little, however I can see here there is a lot of potential for this book to be boring and dull because of the descriptive way it is written and that it is not at the moment an action based story. I know I don’t need bare-knuckle action to enjoy a book, but sometimes in books like these the writing can be overly descriptive which for me makes things dull and easy to lose interest in. I will give this book a fair chance though and I’ll try to think positively with the main hopes that this won’t be boring. I’m just near the beginning though so there is more to come from what others describe as a lush novel, hopefully 😛