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March 24, 2015

Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl At Midnight

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.

add to goodreadsThe Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
by Melissa Grey
Publication Date:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Delacorte Press

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Gabby-2013When a novel is pitched as something that fans of Cassandra Clare and Leigh Bardugo will eat right up, you’ll know right away that I’ll have my interest piqued. Author Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight sounded like an imaginative read that would hook me with ease. Urban fantasy with a protagonist sent on a quest to find some all-powerful object? Sign me right up. The Girl at Midnight was a read that I zipped right through. The world that Grey has crafted is unique in its own way and will immerse any and all readers who enter it.

Taken in by the Ala, Echo has been living as a thief beneath New York City as a human among the Avicen. The Avicen are an ancient group of people who have magical abilities and feathers for hair. Prince Caius is a member of the Drakharin, another tribe of people who have been warring against the Avicen for centuries. When Caius seeks out the Firebird, Echo is forced to throw herself into the midst of a war that isn’t hers to fight. Her pursuit of the Firebird—an entity powerful beyond belief—pushes her into the path of danger and romance. There’s no telling who will make it out of this battle alive.

I fell in love with The Girl at Midnight right after reading the opening chapter. I knew that this would be a novel that would keep me eager to find out more. Grey does an amazing job at creating a vivid image of just what the world of the Avicen and Drakharin looks like through stunning imagery and heart-pounding action sequences. Readers who enter the world of the Avicen will be compelled by the magic introduced in the novel as well as the Avicen and Drakharin themselves. The Avicen are unique—powerful beings who have feathers for hair, while the Drakharin are beautiful and scaled.

The plot for The Girl at Midnight kept me guessing and constantly on my toes. There are so many instances of betrayal and deception and light-hearted romantic moments. The novel is told from alternating third-person point of views. My favorite happened to be from Caius’s point of view because we got some flashbacks of his time with Rose—an Avicen woman who he fell in love with and who was murdered by a person close to him. Getting to see these close moments to not just Caius’s character but to the many others in the novel made it easy to get into their heads and empathize with them.

Grey’s writing is smooth and detailed. Personally, I really enjoyed her prose. The way that the characters were presented and how their internal thoughts were written was absolutely wonderful. She has easily brought the character in The Girl at Midnight to life. I also really enjoyed the evolution of a romantic relationship between two of the novel’s male characters (it was super cute and a total case of opposites attract) as well as the tension between Caius and Echo. Throughout reading The Girl at Midnight I was caught in the ‘Will They or Won’t They’ chemistry going on between Echo and Caius while also dismissing Rowan’s character. Rowan was the only character whose placement felt unnecessary. He paves the way for a love triangle that I personally felt had no place being in the story.

I would recommend The Girl at Midnight to readers who are avid fans of the urban fantasy genre and want to glimpse a world that doesn’t revolve around the ‘normal’ realm of the supernatural. Readers who are looking for a novel with the perfect balance between romance and action should also give The Girl at Midnight a shot. Anyone looking for a fast-paced read that you could go through in one sitting should also give it a try.

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Melissa Grey

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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  1. CJ Listro
    3/24/2015

    I’m sold. I’ve been waiting for this book for ages now. I love the new take on urban fantasy, and I’m also a sucker for third person. It just has a more epic feel to me. I’m glad to see so many people enjoying this book. The will-they-or-won’t-they is a nice addition. Fingers crossed for no instalove!

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