Happy Teaser Tuesday everyone! Here are the rules:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"A light snow had started to fall by the time the party returned to Netherfield. A coach with an unfamiliar crest stood in front of the house, but Elizabeth barely spared it a glance in her haste to call assistance for Jane and Bingley."
From "Pride and Prescience (Or, A Truth Universally Acknowledged)" by Carrie Bebris.
Last night I finished an outstanding book, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, as a reader, there is nothing better than getting wrapped up into the world an author creates. Feeling as though you are there with the characters or, better yet, that you are a character in the story. A curse because finishing an outstanding book kind of overshadows a reader's next read. Nothing can compare! a reader thinks. I've been guilty of that line of thinking many times. And yet, of course, I always continue reading and I always find the next outstanding book. However, "The Night Circus" is definitely a book and a story that will stay with me for a long time.
Set in the early 1900s, "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern is a story of love and heartbreak, of magic and illusion, of selfishness and selflessness. It's a captivating read, truly. Two former friends bind two children to a game of more significance than either player realizes . . . until it's almost too late. The rules are vague, the competition is magical and the venue is Le Cirque des Reves, the Cirucs of Dreams.
The games opponents, Marco and Celia, do not know one another; really, it's more accurate to say that they do not know one another at the same time. But they are, as Celia says, "well and truly bound" to one another - in many ways. It isn't until the consequences of their teachers' actions have become clear to both Marco and Celia, that they realize the true stakes of the game and just how many people will be affected by it. Then the question becomes not how to win, but who to save.
I really enjoyed this book very much. I found myself reading faster and faster, and then forcing myself to slow down and savor the words and the story. Kind of like how you find yourself doing when faced with a favorite dish or dessert. It's so good that you want to shovel it in, but you want to make it last, all the same. I gave it a five-star rating on Goodreads.