The Girl at Midnight

The Girl at Midnight

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[ 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 ." — " Fast-paced , action-packed, and full of laughs." — " 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." and#8212;Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780385390996
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Jun 04, 2020

Despite the fact that I could not at all wrap my brain around the Echo/Rowan relationship, (I couldn't get the image of someone kissing Big Bird from Sesame Street out of my head...eeeww), and that I thought the end was a little weak, I look forward to the second book.


The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey is the first book of The Girl at Midnight Series. Echo, a human thief who is familiar with the ways of magic, is on a hunt to find the firebird: a powerful force that could potentially end an ancient war. I would give this book 3.5/5 stars because the characters were interesting, yet the plot was mediocre: you can predict what was gonna happen next based off of cliches. The characters’ interactions spiced everything up though, even if I didn’t like the characters themselves. I liked some of them, just not all of them. Despite me being uncomfortable with the romance for a variety of reasons, I still shipped the pairings. The writing style was perfect: there was a sufficient amount of description, but it wasn’t over the top. The worldbuilding was interesting too, but I’ve seen better. Alana, grade 11, of the Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers

Dec 19, 2015

This book is so good!!! The Girl at Midnight was intense and engaging. The character's were well-developed and thoroughly explored, making them relatable. I was completely invested. Melissa Grey created a diverse and interesting cast that completely held my attention. I could not put this book down.

The main plot twist may have been a little... I don't want to say predictable because it didn't quite reach that point yet, but I wasn't absolutely shocked when it was revealed. I felt victorious that I had guessed correctly rather than dismayed. Even if the plot twist can kind of be guessed (I really just had a hunch and didn't think on it too much, so I hadn't 100% guessed it), The Girl at Midnight's entire plot is never boring.

It was a very, very thrilling ride, and I'll be reading the next one.

Aug 27, 2015

On its own, without considering anything else, I enjoyed the plot and the little bit of mythology within the world. BUT, I just can’t overlook the lack of originality that was peppered throughout the whole thing. It has been said in so many reviews already, but seriously, this is too similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And when this did verge away from DoSaB it touched on The Grisha series. It seemed like the author just mushed those two series together and came up with The Girl at Midnight. If I hadn’t read both of those series before this I probably would have been more into this book. Unfortunately for Melissa Grey, I did read both of those series before this and they were superior to this effort.

The MC, Echo, was a little snarky and sarcastic, which I love to read. It keeps novels fun and adds an relatable element to the character for me.

That said, she drove me nuts on a number of occasions.

First - - and I cannot emphasize this enough - - she just FORGOT about Rowan. You know Rowan...the boy she was swooning over in the first few chapters. The boy she has known all her life...and been “in love” with for a while. Rowan...her boyfriend! As soon as Caius was introduced it was as if Rowan didn’t even exist. Some people have said there was a love triangle in this book but I would disagree. I love triangle would require the MC to actually think about both partners. This is no love triangle, this is Echo abandoning Rowan and not looking back.

Second - - Echo switched her allegiance way too quickly. She has been raised by the Avicen her entire life to believe that the Drakharin are vicious, demented creatures. She has been raised to hate and fear them. Yet, one look at Caius and she is willing to ally with him and Dorian - not just to escape - but to find the firebird as well. She could have returned to the Avicen, she didn’t. She could have continued her search without what should have been her mortal enemies, she didn’t. No, she took them to an Avicen safehouse and starts making googly eyes at Caius. I don’t care that this fit nicely with the plot line, it was too easy. There was no real attempt to provide Echo with doubts or to have her reconcile what she has been taught to believe with the reality of what she is seeing.

Third - and I may be a little picky here - after all her hemming and hawing Rowan she literally throws herself at Caius. She had a traumatic event, which Grey attempted to explore, but ended up just using as a plot device to further the romance that she needed to build between Echo and Caius. This was an opportunity for Grey to really build Echo, to give her some development and growth, to address a serious issue (PTSD). This could have been a moment for Grey to really show us her writing chops. Instead, she makes Echo weak and needy. I was really disappointed with this turn of events.

The world-building by Grey was lacking as well to me. She barely touched on the mythology of the world, and only did so to bring the Firebird into things. I wanted to know about the Drakharin and Avicen, their societal structures, power structures, customs and traditions. We get none of that, nope, we get a pathetic so-called-romance between Echo and Caius that took up far too much of this book.

There was a gigantic area where this book excelled - and that was Jasper and Dorian. I loved the inclusion of LGBT characters and the fact that they were central to the plot, frequently seen and explored as characters. They weren’t just thrown in there to appease a demographic and forgotten. They mattered, in some small way, to the overall plot. Their romance, to me, was sweeter and more believable than that between Echo and Caius. Kudos to Ms. Grey for taking the time to write these characters well. This is getting 2 stars - one for Jasper, one for Dorian.

Aug 20, 2015

The Girl at Midnight is an urban fantasy YA with elements of mythology. I've seen it compared to Laini Taylor's work, which I think is an unfair comparison (it has elements from a number of urban fantasy YA books I'm familiar with, but it's still its own thing). It was good, but not great.

As a character, Echo was fun. She's a sassy thief with a shady but tragic backstory, and the story revolves consistently around her. There is a love triangle, but neither suitor is vilified to make the other a better choice. It's a bit predictable, or it was for me anyway, but it's still a fun, quick read.

In all, it reminded me of several RPG sessions I've played, back in my college days (most notable Amber diceless). Fun, shallow action romp. I recommend it for fans of YA urban fantasy who are in the mood for that sort of reading.

Jun 17, 2015

I'm genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I think it's partly because the author chose inspiration from an amazing fantasy novel i.e. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, that my fondness for it has extended to The Girl at Midnight by association. But also because I believe the writer made good use of the characters that she presented to us. In the end, I'm happier to read a good, if some-what unoriginal story rather than a poorly done unique story, which was the case here.

I'm hopeful that her upcoming novels can bring more depth and history to her story alongside her funny and interesting characters that we've seen here.

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