I’ve seen a few of these posts recently and I think they’re a great way to find new books to read! This selection of books definitely has a circus/carnival/festival theme, probably because they were all recommendations Amazon gave me after I bought Caraval!
I don’t know how much detail to go into for a mini review, especially as I’m someone who rarely reads blurbs because I hate having even the first chapter given away! So please let me know if you’d like more or less detail – and whether this is interesting?!
So the first is Caraval by Stephanie Garber. This book is completely mesmerising, almost magical and honestly swept me off my feet. I can’t recommend it enough, it’s so beautifully thought out and written. It’s about Scarlett, who has been wishing for Caraval to visit where she lives for years, having been enchanted by the stories her grandmother told her. Caraval is a magical show with audience participation held by the mysterious Legend.
The next is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book is about a circus that arrives completely unexpectedly, no one sees it arrive or leave, or set up. Beneath the circus is hidden the competition between two illusionists. I think both the characters in the book and the reader ends up questions what is real and what is an illusion. I didn’t find this as spellbinding as Caraval but the imagery is stunning. Even now, writing this, I feel like I can step into the book and see the different parts of the circus – that’s some magical writing.
Finally, I read Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody which again had some amazing imagery, this time of the characters. This book is based in Gomorrah, the burning city, which is a moving festival (again that circus feel). The main character is Sorina, who can create illusions. She has created a family of illusions, each with their own personalities who perform with her in their Freak Show. The twists and turns in DOTBC kept me hooked, though I never see anything coming so those of you more with it than me might work them out! It’s a book that’s full of intrigue, fantasy meets detective and I loved it!
I can’t quite believe I managed to pick three books with such similar overall themes this month. I also now have the strongest craving for candy floss and popcorn plus desperately wanting to see some acrobats. Do any of these sound like they’d be for you?