Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: The Girl at Midnight

Title - The Girl at Midnight
Author - Melissa Grey
Series - The Girl at Midnight #1
Genre - YA Paranormal
Published - April 28th 2015
Publisher - Delacorte Press
Format - Kindle

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.

 Echo may be human but she grew up raised by an ancient race of people called the Avicen a bird like race. The Avicen have been at war with the Drakharin a race of dragon like people. No one living knows why they are still at war but they do know the way to bring peace is with the firebird.  Echo may have been raised by the Ala but she never really fit in with the Avicen they always see her as different, but she did happen to find a best friend and boyfriend within the nest. Enlisted by the Ala to find the firebird to save her friends the only home she’s ever known will send her around the world into the arms of the enemy.

Thanks to the music box that Echo stole for Ala she has the first clue which will send her into Drakharin’s territory and draw unwanted attention from the prince who happens to also be searching for the firebird.  When Echo finds herself a prisoner of the Drakharin prince along with her best friend Ivy her quest may be over. When given the chance to work with the enemy still giving her the chance to find the firebird for Ala she takes the chance saving them from the clutches of the prince’s sister who’s taken control. Working together Echo will have to trust Caius something she doesn’t do lightly working together to save the ones they love they may just pull it off. Encountering enemy’s and risking their lives the little group travels around the world following the clues. Will they find the firebird? At what risk?

I wasn’t sure at first about Echo she’s had a hard life growing up even though she was raised with the Avicen she’s still been an outsider.  However as the story progressed learning more about who Echo is I started to really like her, and as the book progressed she grew into an awesome character. I liked Caius right away he has his own issues but he follows his heart even finding an unlikely connection to Echo and risking his life to save her even though they are enemy’s. We also have some great supporting characters that are part of Echo’s little group Ivy, Dorian and Jasper they all fit so well together.

I wasn’t sure what to think of The Girl at Midnight as it’s been sitting on my kindle since it came out. I loved the cover right from the start but the synopsis sounded too good to be true. I found the book pleasantly surprising it exceeded my expectations, with an enchanting story with special characters that stole my heart. I loved the characters for me they are easy to connect with I couldn’t help getting sucked into Echo’s world that I struggled to put it down finishing the book in one day. I love the world that Echo is a part of the concept for the ancient races at war may not be unique but I think the author did a great job creating a captivating story. I enjoyed the authors writing style it was smooth from start to finish the characters and the worlds are well developed. I love the idea of using black powder to portal around the world through gateways. I honestly very much enjoyed the book it was quick fast paced and filled with action romance and magic it has everything I needed to be a great book.The Girl at Midnight is a clean novel that I feel teens as well as adults will enjoy. I loved it and can't wait for the next one!!!! 


  1. Great review! I've been looking forward to reading this for ages. The cover is so nice too!

  2. Great review! It's always nice when a book surprises you and that you couldn't put it down is an excellent sign :) I may have to check it out!

  3. I don't know if this book is something that I'd like after reading the description, but I can't get over how beautiful that cover is! I love purple! You enjoyed it so much that I might just have to give it a shot!