[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
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The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey Book One of The Girl At Midnight series Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication Date: April 28, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and 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...
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I have not read the other books that this one is compared to. So I can't comment on if there are similarities. Yet what I liked about this book is the world that the author built and the different races. The Avicen is a cool race. They have feathers for hair. Each one has different colored feathers. The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin. They also are a unique race. They are part dragons with scales and fire.
Echo is a runaway. She was found by Ala. She is the leader of the Avicen. She adopted her for her skills as a thief. This is why Echo is the perfect person to help retrieve the firebird. An item that can stop the war once and for all.
So as much as I did like this book with the cool characters and world, I did feel like it was lacking in action. For about two thirds of the story it there was a lot of talking. The last third of the story is where it really picked up but felt rushed. The next book should have smoothed out all of this talking and hopefully...
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every alley does hold a secret in the girl at midnight by author Melissa Grey. Avicen ancient race of wing people live right beneath the city of new york. they have enchantments that have kept them hidden from humans. that is until now. Echo is a runaway pick pocket who can survive the mean streets with just her wits. she is also loyal to her friends, and a tiny bit on the brass side. when a war starts near her home she must pick a side and fight for those she loves and hold dear. Firebird will end the conflict once and for all can she find it in time?
I really loved how the characters have a vibrant personality Ms. Grey does an amazing job making me love Echo. she is a plucky girl who really will help decide the fate of the world. the humor and excitement in this story kept me coming back for more. I would love to read more and I hope this turns into a series I know I would be in line to get more. Great pace and vibrant characters make this a must read for anyone who...
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