The Girl at Midnight #1
by Melissa Grey
Series: THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 28, 2015)
Publisher: Listening Library
Narrated By Julia Whelan
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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.At a Glance:
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.
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT was a fascinating and rich fantasy that I could not stop reading once I started (and since I had the book and the audiobook, I literally never had to stop)! Although the story was very reminiscent of other books I've read previously (especially Daughter of Smoke and Bone), the writing was enough to make it a book that I loved reading.
I really liked this audiobook! I thought the narrator, Julia Whelan, did an incredible job. She completely sucked me into this story and made everything so much more vivid! She did a great job using different voices for the different characters. I highly recommend picking this one up!
I really like the purple cover a lot, but I haven't seen it in the hardcover. I'm hoping it has a little more detail than my ARC and is a little sharper. But it is super pretty!
The adventure begins in the first chapter and doesn't stop until the last pages. This story is full of battles, mysteries, fighting, magic, narrow escapes, torture, and betrayal. If you're looking for a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, this one will not disappoint.
I really REALLY liked the romance in this. It just felt more authentic than so many others that I've read. Usually in YA, the characters (especially the girl), has never had a boyfriend/girlfriend before, or never been in love before, then they meet someone and fall in love forever. But that's not normally how it happens. I liked that these relationships were more complex, without being a love triangle. The build up between Echo and Cauis was full of tension! Just the way I like it!
Echo was a FANTASTIC character to read. I loved her cleverness and her snark. She was loyal and quick-thinking, while still dealing with insecurities that often made her second-guess herself. She used the skills she had to get out of deadly situations. In a world of feathers and scales, she's just a girl, but a girl who refuses to be ignored.
Cauis has been tainted by a long life of war and fighting that never seems to end. He's become a little hardened and bitter. But he's also a man (Drakharin, prince) of integrity. He will do anything for his people, for his friends, and now for Echo. One of the best things about the varying points of view was getting to see Echo through his eyes.
Favorite Supporting Character:
I really liked all of the supporting characters so much. Reading from so many viewpoints really helped me connect to them more than I normally do. But I think my favorite had to be Jasper. He was such a vibrant and fun character, how can you not love him! He's very Magnus Bane!
Something I loved:
I loved so many things. The writing was lovely. Melissa Grey grabbed hold of me from the very beginning and had me completely enchanted. I felt like the story was rich and vivid without being bogged down or too complex. It was beautifully told.
Something(s) I hated:
I wouldn't say I hated it, but the one thing that did kind of bother me was how closely this book, and especially some of the characters, compared to some other well-known books. From the beginning this story reminded me a LOT of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I mean, a lot. This will be spoilery, so, look away if you want.
* . . Echo was so Karou. Rose was Madrigal. Cauis was Akiva. The Avicen are the Chimera and the Drakarin are the Seraphim. Echo/Karou (the only human in this world) is raised by an Avicen/Chimera and runs errands for them until the Drakarin/Seraphim destroy the shop and kill an Avicen/Chimera. Then the human meets the Drakarin/Seraphim (who had a previous relationship with Rose/Madrigal) and they work together to bring the two warring clans (led by Altair/Thiago and a bloodthirsty family member) together. Of course Echo/Karou is more than just an ordinary human, she has special powers and eventually has the memories of Rose/Madrigal, and they all fall in love with Cauis/Akiva.
Then there was Jasper, who was Magnus Bane, and Dorian who was Alex (in love with Jace, or Akiva, errr...I mean Cauis) I guess they jumped stories, haha.*
But even though this did nag at me, I think the writing and the story were good enough to overcome the similarities and make me love it anyway.
Considering this is a series, I thought this book wrapped up really well. There's definitely more that's going to happen, but I'm happy with where this book ended.
Would I recommend it?
I definitely recommend it if you liked DoS&B and can get over the similarities. Or if you just like fantasy. It was one of the better books I've read this year!
Did my friends like it?
I know Steph from Cuddlebuggery liked it! Check out her "six very good reasons why you should make The Girl at Midnight a priority on your TBR list." And many people tweeted me while I was reading it, telling me how much they liked it!
Will I buy/keep it?
Yeah, even though I have the ARC and the audiobook, I think I'm going to have to get my hands on a hard cover!!
Obviously Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr, Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Profanity: Moderate (a few "S" words and "GDs")
- Sexual Content: Mild (kissing and a mild amount of implied sex between adults in the past)
- Violence: Moderate (nothing very graphic)