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The Night Circus

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.

Well here’s the review I’ve been promising for a while! Written by Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus was a curious book. I can’t say whether I enjoyed it or not as it was a bit of a seesaw of emotions. 
I took a long time to get into this book. After posting Ideas… I was pointed in the direction of The Girl Gang’s Book Club and their book for the month was this one.
It took a while for me to get into the story. I couldn’t decide whether I was enjoying it or whether I wanted to continue, you know what I mean? It was incredibly well written, a lot of description, and the concept was intriguing enough to keep me from putting it down. However, it frequently jumped from one character to another, from one year to another, and I found it hard to get into due to this lack of continuity. Whilst this is a personal opinion, I know a lot of people enjoy this sort of a book. To be honest, I was just waiting for it to end. 
And yet, given my lack of attachment to the characters or the storyline, I was disappointed when it ended. Not disappointed with the ending! Disappointed it was over. It felt a tad rushed. Like a roller coaster that you’re finally beginning to enjoy (after the initial “oh god why am I on this”) and then suddenly you’re back at the start and being told to get off. Did anyone else feel the same way?
So overall I would probably rate this about 6/10. Would I read it again? Probably not. However I would recommend it to other readers so who knows!
Have a read and let me know what you think!
Ktkinnes xx

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Two for Tuesday

It’s back! Two facts about me, especially with it being Tuesday and since I can’t have my dominos pizza tonight. So here goes!
You’re having a dinner party. Who are your 5 guests? Can be dead/alive/real/fiction.

  • J R R Tolkein – think of the stories he could tell during and after dinner!
  • Emma Watson – childhood crush and now just full blown admirer of her. 
  • Michael Bublé – think just to make Rachel jealous. She is fully in love with him and everything he does.
  • Joshua Malina – he’d be really interesting to talk to I think. Between all the shows he’s been on and all the people he knows, he’s bound to be great fun to talk to.
  • Shonda Rhimes – I’d sit her down and make her tell me everything that’s coming up in her shows! Of course I’d do it subtly…She’d never know it was coming.

Who would you invite and why? 
The second fact I’m sharing today:

My all time favourite song is American Pie by Don McLean.

 https://youtu.be/RciM7P9K3FA

I can’t really explain why, I’m not really sure myself. But it’s one of the first songs I learnt off by heart as a child (that wasn’t a nursery rhyme) and I used to love singing and dancing along to it. Still do any time it comes on! And I still know all the words off by heart….

What’s your favourite song?
Ktkinnes xx

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Tuesday’s Torture

Well today marks day one of my resits. The first exam is today at 2:30pm and I’m terrified. While I did study for it before Ibiza, I then had 2 weeks of not really looking at it. So yeah, wish me luck…
But yeah, I decided to start today with a little bit of positivity. All in the spirit of feeling better in myself! Maybe you can help me? Today’s aim is do to as many things as possible to make someone else smile. Anything at all! And I’ll let you know tonight how it went. So feel free to join me, maybe we can trade stories in the comments below. 
Tonight, there are 4 hours in a row of Twitter chats but unfortunately I won’t be taking part in them. If I want to give myself a chance to pass these exams, I have to spend tonight revising! And then as of 12 o’clock tomorrow I can relax for a little while. What’ve you got planned for today?
Ktkinnes xx