"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
In this debut novel about a magical circus, Morgenstern showcases her laudable skills in describing objects, places and atmosphere. She makes the circus come alive right in front of our eyes. But imagery alone is not enough to make a good novel, and in the end I wasn't satisfied with a lot of things.
I was going to give the book four stars for the description and for keeping me interested enough to finish it, but the reasons above made me downgrade it to three. Overall, kudos for the concept, imagery and world-building, but the story was not very satisfying for me.