Mary Jane of Research Services recommends The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:
It just appears. It opens at dusk, closes at dawn – the Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel, written as a National Novel Writing Month project, tells the tale of Celia and Marco who are manipulated and trained by their respective magical guardians to become great magicians and battle to see who is better. At first they don’t know who their opponent will be or where they’ll play. Eventually, they realize that the circus is the public venue for their competition. Marco and Celia’s lives slowly become enmeshed in a dance of love, joy, deceit, heartbreak, and magic. In the competition, only one can be left standing. Who will it be?