Tawney Thursday: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey ~ Review



4 out of 5 Stars

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press 
  • Publication date: April 28, 2015
  • Rating: 4 stars

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.


Tawney's Review:

I had been wanting to read this book for a while now. The book cover was gorgeous and the story sounded so uniquely intriguing. I wasn't disappointed! This book blew me away. 



Echo is a runaway thief taken in by a powerful Avicen, an accent race of feathered beings who live under the city. She's content with her life with her best friend Ivy and a somewhat boyfriend Rowan. But she has always been the human outcast. However, the war bruin between the Avicen and the dragon race Drakharin has gone on for centuries and now Echo is on a mission to find the firebird, a mythical being who can bring peace and end the fighting. With the help of unlikely allies, Echo hunts for the firebird before it falls into the wrong hands.

There were multiple characters but the two main ones were Echo and Caius. Echo was a refreshing protagonist with great humor and spunk. I laughed out loud a couple of times at the movie references and retorts she had. She could stand up on her own among all the non-humans. Her attitude was refreshing and I instantly connected with her. Caius is Drakharin but he had a heart. He's strong and caring, only wanting what's best for his people. Not to mention he's pretty hot.


 There was one secondary character I really liked. Dorian is second in command to Caius and he's secretly in love with him. Poor guy. He started off as the bad guy but as the book progressed you start to like him. He really cared for his prince and would do anything to help him. Kudos to Melissa for weaving such magic into her characters. 

The world Melissa created was vividly grand with lush description, wonderful characters and an engaging storyline. Melissa weaves a fantastic story together with great world building! The characters are able to move throughout the in-between, a place between our world, they harness power, so the magic was a great element to the book. The mythology of the races was wonderfully explained and I just found this book to be magical. I highly recommend it because this fantasy world is not to be missed.

I do have a thing for feathers now. I love the Avicen and their awesomely colorful feathers. Such an intriguing race. Thanks Melissa! I blame you for my new obsession. LOL


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About the Author:

I’m a writer of young adult fiction powered entirely by candlelight and cups of tea, represented by the 
fabulous Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management. 
My debut novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, will be published by Delacorte Press in Spring 2015.
I can also ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, for what it’s worth, which is not much at all.
If you’re into zany nonsense, you can find me on TwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and Instagram.


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