[STAR] “Sparks fly. . . . Will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters; and themes of family, power, loyalty, and romance. . . . [Book 2] cannot come soon enough!” —Booklist, Starred
For fans of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & 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, though 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.
[STAR] “[The] perfect blend of action and amour.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission to save the world, and some seriously spicy romance.” —SLJ
“Catnip for fans of Cassandra Clare.” —BookPage.com
“Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of laughs.” —Nerdist.com
“Enthralling and pure magic, Grey’s debut is delightful!” —Romantic Times
“A page-turner—I was hooked from start to finish.” —Latina Magazine
“Sharp drama that leads to a conclusion begging for a sequel.” —The Bulletin
"A must-read." —Paste magazine
"Inventive, gorgeous, and epic—Grey dazzles in her debut."— Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“A stunning debut. Equal parts atmosphere and adventure, Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight is positively divine.” —Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
Could not put it down!
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey is a coming-of-age story about a human girl caught in the middle of an ancient underground war. The book is nicely paced with a surprisingly enjoyable & unexpected (sort of) romance. I could not put it down (seriously—took me less than 24 hours).
It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure to read Urban Fantasy, and Grey does not disappoint. She hits all the right marks for the genre and builds a fresh, fascinating, fully fleshed-out world—it’s perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare or Leigh Bardugo. I was impressed with the development of the history of the Avicen & Drakharin races and the glimpses of the racial tensions sprinkled throughout (definitely hits close to home).
What truly puts this book above others in the genre is the character development. Echo is one of the more interesting protagonists in YA Fantasy. She’s smart, snarky (so many great one-liners), and fiercely loyal—a person worth truly worth rooting for. She's not without her flaws--there are times when you're reminded she's a teenage girl... Let's just say the raging hormones definitely clouds her judgment. ;) However, Caius wins the award for most transformational journey (after all—he is supposed to be the villain). The author does a nice job at hinting at what lies beneath from the very beginning, but still manages to pack in some fun surprises.
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT is a well rounded 1st book in a series. Readers are left with the perfect opening for a sequel or two, but I still feel this book easily stands on its own. Definitely recommend!