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 Reves," 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 per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
- The circus was so magical. I could just envision the color scheme, the crazy spectacular tents and the smell of the caramel corn. I would love to have gotten to see it in person. Erin did an amazing job with her writing and really brought the circus to life.
- Celia and Marco were so amazing. I love their story and how they are so perfectly chosen for competition that they compliment each others work without even realizing it. They also had to figure out how to deal with the competition and exactly what it meant to them and those around them.
- The whole Le Cirque de Reves family was amazing, each character was so well-written and had so much personality. You can just imagine them together as they planned the circus and their roles in the group. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in their midnight dinners.
- “True love or not, the game must play out.” I think this really sums up the story, it was interesting to see how they work together and sometimes against each other to figure out how to love and who they really are.
- The redhead twins had to be my favorite part of the book. They were so interesting and crazy mature for their age. I love how these two children could understand so much more than all the adults around them.
- There were quite a few times were I just felt the story dragging a bit. It all wove together well in the end, but I couldn’t help but want to sometimes fast forward and I caught myself day dreaming a couple times.