"The Night Circus" is a tale about Le Cirque des Reves, an enchanting and magical circus that contains not elephants and clowns, but ice sculptures, cloud mazes and things beyond our wildest dreams, thrilling your imagination.

The black and white tents of the circus open at nightfall for the public to be mystified, but there is just as much excitement going on behind the scenes of the performances, including a competition that can be potentially fatal.

Erin Morgenstern has written an amazing book that has you hooked from the first words. It is magical, romantic and entrancing. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put the book down, so I suggest beginning it when you have plenty of time so you won't have to keep stopping and starting. There are several plot lines going on at once, so it can get confusing and you might lose the flow.

Morgenstern carefully twists all these plot lines together and creates a story that masters the same intricacies as J.K. Rowling does in the Harry Potter series. She may have let a couple of characters get lost in the shuffle, but she does a good job keeping the pace of the book.

While the magic and wizardry may be similar to Harry Potter, Morgenstern has a very different writing style than Rowling. Morgenstern includes elaborate and beautiful descriptions that make you feel as if you are wandering around the circus, amazed by the elegance and magic around you.

This novel is geared for older readers. There are a couple of scenes that wouldn't be appropriate for young readers, but nothing beyond PG-13. Both teens and adults can enjoy this book, especially those who are great fans of Harry Potter.

"The Night Circus" is one of those books that resounds within you. Even after you've finished reading it, you can still feel the magic like you have never left the book's pages.

The buildup of the book led to fights over who would receive the movie rights. Summit Entertainment (the makers of "Twilight") emerged victorious.

David Heyman, producer of the "Harry Potter" movies, is working on the adaptation negotiations.

If you want to read a book that leads you into a spellbinding realm, I highly suggest "The Night Circus." You will be mystified and amazed, and have a nice little break from the real world.

Alissa Roy is a junior at Springville-Griffith Institute.

The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern


400 pages, $26.95