Series: The Girl at Midnight #1
Author: Melissa Grey
Published: April 28, 2015 by Deacorte Press (Random House)
Synopsis: 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 advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion ****
I really wanted to love The Girl at Midnight. It sounds like a book that is right up my alley. You all probably know that I read a lot of YA Fantasy and this one sounds completely creative with a unique world and interesting characters. And yes, it did have that. A lot of blogger friends who I have similar taste in books with really loved it. I feel a bit like a black sheep, because I didn't fully connect it.
One thing that I did really love about The Girl at Midnight was the fantasy world that Melissa Grey created. I don't read a lot of Urban Fantasy but I love the world within a world concept that was used here. The idea that there is some hidden magic out there is always so fascinating. In this book the actual magic is subtle but I liked that. Although we do get to see some cool magic that allows the characters to do things like teleport and protect spaces. No, the real hidden magic in this book is the race of the Avicen and the Drakhar. Two kinds of inhumans who have been at war for centuries. Their worlds are incredibly lush with details you can visualize. You can perfectly imagine what the Avicen's feather looked like, what the Drahkar's scales looked like, what they ate, where they lived, and what they wore. But more than that, they were both cultures with a history and mythology, a mythology that was effortlessly combined into the general plot of the story. I love those kinds of magical worlds. They feel so realistic and deep. The depth and lush detail all added up to create a really captivating fantasy world.
On the whole I would say that The Girl at Midnight was a good book, it just wasn't for me. I enjoyed a lot of aspects of it but it didn't blow me away like I expected. It had a captivating world and likeable characters but the plot wasn't as complex and mysterious enough for me.
I give The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 8 out of 10
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