Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Posted April 23, 2015 in review / 0 Comments

Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Published by Random House Children's Books on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley
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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 received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With that being said, I love this book and I’m gonna buy for myself a print copy of it the moment it comes out. This book will be published on the 28th of April, which is only a few days away! This book is quite similar to quite a number of YA books, which is actually a good thing. This book is the first book within these few days that actually made me excited about reading it. Before reading this book, I was actually more curious about the main character’s name. ECHO. Yup, such an unorthodox name. Basically, this book is about a human girl being caught in between a war of two different creatures. A damn good thief and the Avicen are the only family that she ever knew, ever since the Ala took her in. So when the Ala told her to go in search for the mythical fire bird, she accepted it. Especially when it includes thieving and hiding. What she did not expect was to get caught in the middle, and it seems that people from both sides are hunting her down.

What I liked about Echo is that she is clever but also sarcastic. She tends to make rash decisions, but she has a good heart. She’s the kind of unlikely heroine that everybody wants to read about, and throughout this whole book, I loved her humor and sassiness. The start of this blurb said that this book is for those people who loved The Mortal Instrument series and also Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. And I agree hundred percent. Some might argue that this book is the replica of those two other books, but I say NAY, because even though there might be some parts that are similar, this book is actually unique in its own way. It brings out the story of an orphan girl who would do anything and everything to protect her family, even when that family might not want to protect her.

So, if you love war, and mythical creatures, sarcastic MCs, you should read this book.

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