Series: The Girl at Midnight #1
Published by Delacorte Press on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Purchased, Uppercase Box
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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.
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.
I like to be around all these books. They’re very good at making you forget your troubles. It’s like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink.
Every good fairy tale has a kernel of truth to it.
“Humans make art to remember and be remembered,” said Caius. “Art is their weapon against forgetting.”
Greatness is not always good.
Okay, so I need to stop putting my highly anticipated reads at the end of my TBR pile! Exactly what I did with Red Queen is what I did with The Girl at Midnight. I honestly do not know why I waited so long to read this one. Granted it wasn’t as long of a hold like Red Queen, but still. What is wrong with me? I loved this book! Melissa Grey has woven a uniquely and beautifully written story.
I really liked Echo as a character. Echo is a thief. And she is very good at stealing. But she also has this snark and sass to her. She has a lot sarcasm within her personality a lot. I liked how she was human and lived mostly in the human world but sometimes lived in the Avicen world. The Avicen had feathers. They looked human for the most part but they had feathers and I think wings? She was raised by the Alla, who was a big deal in the Avicen world.
She goes down this journey to look for the Firebird that will help stop the war raging between the Avicen and the Drakharin. The Drakharin are also humanlike but they have scales, like a dragon would. 🙂 On this journey she has a very unlikely team. She has Drakharin and Avicen in her team and they are working together to find the Firebird.
I really enjoyed the secondary characters within this book. Caius (oh, Caius <3) is the Drakharin Prince and he wants the war to stop and he wants it to stop peacefully, unlike his sister. Caius is quite old but the Drakharins and Avicen live longer than humans. They just have a longer life span. There is a timeless quality about Caius and I thought it was very well done. Echo’s best friend, Ivy, was another character I really liked. She was an Avicen healer.
This story is just so beautifully done. I would recommend it to anyone. It has a FEEL of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I do not think that the stories themselves are similar, because they’re not. But they have the same kind of FEEL. I think even if you didn’t like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, you might still like The Girl at Midnight. Because they really are two different stories. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait until The Shadow Hour comes out in April of 2016.