Because dude. Sooooooo good. It'll be hard for anything to beat this as my favorite book I read this year, I have a feeling.
I'm very typically almost always late to the party when it comes to books. I don't read new releases unless they're by authors I already have on my autobuy list. New books that interest me go on the bottom of my TBR pile and have to cycle their way upwards as I read. So yes, I know this book came out eight years ago and I'm only now appreciating its beauty, but damn, better late than never.
For those who haven't read it and have no idea what it's about, here's the blurb:
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 both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
The blurb itself is misleading. It makes it sound much more actiony and urgent than it actually is. But I was sucked in from the very first page. I couldn't stop reading until I was forced away, and then I found excuses to go back to it. I gasped out loud multiple times at twists I didn't see coming. And I fell in love with these characters soooooo hard. Most of them anyway. Celia and Marco's father and guardian are two awful, awful men, so no, I don't love them, but all those people involved with the circus? Oh my.
And the prose. Is stunning. It's probably not for everyone. It's told in present tense and jumps around in both time and place as it tells the story. But the author's voice is absolutely enchanting and lyrical. I dare anyone not to feel like they're actually there.
And yes. I got all teary in the last twenty pages. I love this book so much. Who else has read it?