I really liked the story and all of the elements: magic, twins, a circus, a challenge-to-the-death and of course star-crossed lovers. Morgenstern blended beauty with tragedy and fear in a captivating way. I could certainly imagine myself there as a spectator. Very few books that I read have the ability to take magic and make it seem very possible and real. The descriptions were also very detailed and delicious something that I certainly appreciate. Bravo and looking forward to more of her work.