Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Author:  Melissa Grey
Publisher:  Delacorte Press, 368 pages
Expected Publication Date:  April 28, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.

But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

This book is compared to Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone and you know what?  It actually reminded me of those books.  What???  That hardly ever happens.  I absolutely loved this book.  So much.  Some people may be bothered by the fact that this book does seem like a mash-up of other books (including Daughter of Smoke and Bone), but it just made me love it more.  

The world-building is excellent, with just the right amount of information given at the right time.  You have the Avicen, a bird-like race who look human except for they have feathers for hair and feathers on some parts of their bodies.  And a lot of them have to wear sunglasses to hide their inhuman eyes.  Then you have the Drakharin, a race who, over the years, barely have any dragon-like qualities left (scales over some parts of their skin).  Then of course there are the humans, unaware of these two enemy races (except for Echo).

Echo…one of my favorite characters.  Ever. She's basically a female Jace (except she doesn't think she's irresistible to the opposite sex).  She's funny and snarky and she made me laugh.  

The book is told through multiple POVs so you get into the heads of the other characters as well.  What a fun gang this turns out to be.  A thief, a deposed prince, an apprentice healer, a royal guard, and another thief (described as a scoundrel). Loved the dynamic between all of them.  So much fun!  So many feels!  I already feel like reading it again.

This book has everything.  Read it!

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I have been dying to read this. I'm glad you loved it so much!

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  2. I have heard so many great things about this book, but I'm wary because of a maybe-triangle??? Ughhh but it does sound amazing. Plus I would love a dragon prince LOL

  3. I LOVED THIS BOOK AND I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN RIGHT NOW. And maybe part of that love stems from the fact that I love the books it is similar too but I don't care. THIS BOOK WAS BRILLIANT. The end.

  4. I love how you described the other characters and their dynamic: "A thief, a deposed prince, an apprentice healer, a royal guard, and another thief (described as a scoundrel)" -- I once read a blog post by an agent about how she loved books that had really interesting combinations of characters forced to work together and this book reminded me of that. But also I'm curious about Jasper. (What else does he do? He worked for the Avicen, and then... ?? Disappeared off the map? What kind of Avicen bosses does he have? What is this relationship with the warlords that these two races have?)

    Is this a fave for you as much as TMI/Cassandra Clare is?

  5. Yes to everything! I loved this one so much! The writing was so beautiful. I loved every single one of the characters. Echo was absolutely amazing! and I loved the prince! I definitely see the comparisons to COB (haven't read S&B), but I loved it. And even though there are similarities, it still felt really unique to me. Great review!