May 12, 2015
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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
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For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.
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.
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
by Melissa Grey
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Top Favs with Melissa Grey
You’re home alone, there’s a fire! Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.
My cat (If we can call her a “thing”)
My notebook containing my Girl at Midnight 3 notes
Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Mage Winds trilogy by Mercedes Lackey
The Night World series by L.J. Smith
Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why
- Refuse to accept that writer’s block is a real thing that prevents you from writing (There are other things that might legitimately prevent you from writing: illness, injury, emotional distress, having to work three jobs to pay your bills, exhaustion, not being able to find a babysitter, schoolwork driving you nuts. These are not writing blocks. These are just facets of life and life is messy and sometimes writing is not a realistic activity at a given time.)
- Put aside the thing you’re struggling to write and write something else, preferably something else.
- Go outside and do something. Go to a museum. Go see a ballet. Go sit by a calming body of water and make up stories in your head about the shapes of the clouds. Go create new myths for constellations of stars you can spot in the night sky. Go do something that is not writing so that when you sick back down at your desk, you have something to write about.
Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why
- The underwater forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan – It seems like a place where fairies might live. I mean, it’s an underwater forest. There’s gotta be some kind of nymph-like creature there just hanging out.
- Sapporo, Japan – I’d like to go see the Snow Festival. I lived in Japan for a while, but I was never around at that time of year and it’s super high on my bucket list. They have the most magnificent ice sculptures.
- Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China – Two words: Rainbow. Mountains.
Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why
I’ll list one book per author and that shall be my reason as I believe the work should speak for itself.
Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
- Scott Fitzgerald (and his wife Zelda, without whom this book never would have happened) – Tender Is the Night
Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence
Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why
- Cheez Doodles – The very best in artificial cheese
- Macarons – They’re the prettiest thing you can eat
- Celery sticks with sunflower seed butter – For when I feel like pretending I eat healthy
Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn’t had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008.
Her debut novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, will be published by Delacorte/Random House in spring 2015.
To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow her on Twitter @meligrey.
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