The Girl at Midnight

The-Girl-At-Midnight The Girl at Midnight. Melissa Grey. Young Adult/Urban Fantasy. April 28, 2015. 357 pages. 3 stars. [Source: Bought]

“The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way”

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.

This is being marketed a book for fans of City of Bones or the Grisha Trilogy, and that is exactly what it is. It’s a fun story with a great plot.

I did have a problem with this book though. I felt like there was a lack of characterization. I wanted to get to know the characters some more. I felt like an electron going around the nucleus of characterization rather than going inside that nucleus and making friends with the protons  characters. I wanted depth. There are so many interesting characters in this story. I just wasn’t that invested.

However, I really liked the premise of the book. I don’t think you can go wrong with an ancient war of dragons and bird-like beings. I believe that the plot was the saving grace. I read this while I was travelling and I was able to finish it during that trip. There aren’t many uninteresting scenes.

I have heard that this book is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I can see why. I feel like you’ll be able to predict some parts of the book if you’ve read the Grisha Trilogy and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. However, I think that the next book will definitely go another direction, and I am interested to read it!

If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy, or any of the books mentioned above, then you should give this a try!

I rate this book

I liked it, but it could have been better.
I liked it, but it could have been better.

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