by Melissa Grey
Publish Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Fantasy/YA Lit/Urban Fantasy
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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 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, but 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 received an ebook arc copy of this book from Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review.
I had mixed feelings about this book at first. For me, the beginning seemed to drag a bit. It took me until about 25% to really get into the book. Once I did though, I practically devoured it. I read 60% of it in one sitting, and left me with a cliffhanger that was so unfair! Now I need the second one right now, and the first isn’t even out yet! Bah!
The book goes between two points-of-view: Echo—runaway pickpocket and a human, who survives by selling the things she has stolen; and Caius, a Drakharin and the Dragon Prince. The Drakharin and the Avicen—an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic in their veins—have been at war for centuries, and it is both of their hopes to find the legendary Firebird, which is supposed to possess powers never seen before.
Echo is a spunky, fierce, loyal, lonely girl, who never quite feels like she belongs with the Avicen, whom she has been with since the age of seven by The Ala. They are the only family she has ever known. Echo gets caught up right in the middle of their war, when she is sent by The Ala to find the Firebird. Her path crosses Caius’s and this unlikely pair must work together.
One of my favorite characters had to be Jasper, an Avicen and fellow thief of Echo’s. He reminds me a lot of Bane from the Mortal Instruments books. He is witty, a peacock, and loves to collect pretty things—one of which is Dorian, Caius’s Captain of the Guard. Dorian, though, has a secret desire for his Prince, who is completely oblivious to it. Typical. I loved how Jasper would constantly try to get Dorian to blush. It was adorable.
Though it took me a bit to get into it, I ended up loving this book! It’s a wonderful edition to the Fantasy genre! If you like Daughter of Smoke and Bones, the Mortal Instruments series, or Shadow and Bone, you will love this book!