Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DNF: The Night Circus & After The Snow

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 387
Source: Trade
Release Date: September 2011
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, 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 per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

This book was so intriguing and whimsical and so me and I wanted to love it so very badly. But I couldn't even finish it. I thought the writing was absolutely gorgeous and I loved a few of the characters but the story as a whole just spun me in circles. I honestly didn't have a clue what was going on and flipping back pages to see if I had missed something begun to seem like a bit too much work for leisurely reading. Maybe I'm just the type of reader who has to have everything spelled out? Maybe. But it was just way too vague and cryptic for me. Hopefully the movie is a lot more clear on things!

After The Snow by S.D. Crockett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Release Date: March 2012
Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone -- he doesn't have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl -- but Willo just can't do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

I feel bad about this one because I don't think I gave it much of a fair chance. I got about fifteen pages in but the main character's voice - mainly his accent - frustrated me way too much. I'm not a fan of spelling out accents. It's so distracting. But I've heard so many great things about this one that I'm determined to pick it back up soon. I just couldn't justify forcing myself to read when I have so many books on my TBR pile to get to!

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  1. Such a shame with you and The Night Circus. I just . . . adored that book!

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    1. I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy it either! Seems like it would be my perfect kind of book!

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  2. I didn't enjoy either After the snow. It became difficult with the lingo :(

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    1. Right? The accent and the lingo were just too much. I hate that THAT was a deciding factor on me not reading the book but it was so incredibly overwhelming.

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  3. Totally agree with you on The Night Circus. Even though I did finish it, I feel the exact same way you did: beautiful writing, but what the heck was going on in the story? There wasn't one! Not to mention the fact that I didn't really love any of the characters. I can forgive a story where not much happens if I feel something for the characters, but all I felt was "meh" for them.

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    1. Exactly! They were supposed to be in this huge challenge but I was more than halfway through, they were apparently competing in the challenge but I had no idea what the challenge was or what they were doing. At all.

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  4. Oh my goodness I absolutely loved The Night Circus. One of my favourite reads of this year so far. I kinda see where you're coming from with flipping back... I did that sometimes to check the dates because of the story moving backwards and forwards in time but once I got that right in my head I just sat back and enjoyed the wonderful descriptions and utter magic of the circus itself... beautiful. I understand why its not everybody's cup of tea though :)

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    1. Ah, this is what made me want to finish it! I hear so many amazing things about it but I just kept waiting for it to get better. I still have plans to see the movie though. I'm hoping that maybe the plot will be a bit clearer on screen! :)

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  5. I had the HARDEST time with his voice in After The Snow. I feel you, bro. It didn't get easier from there, if that's any consolation for your dnf decision!

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    1. Ahh, it kind of is. I feel bad that I'll never read the story but that voice ... couldn't do it.

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  6. I felt the same way about The Night Circus though I did end up finishing it. Overall I just thought it was confusing and the story didn't come alive like I hoped it would. I even skipped back to see if I missed something like you did but alas, the book just wasn't for me. :/

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    1. I feel like people either think this book was incredible and love it or they don't know what the eff was going on and didn't really like it. Wish I fell into the first category but I got halfway in and was like o_O

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