- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 28 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038574465X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385744652
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.9 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Girl at Midnight Hardcover – Apr 28 2015
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Praise for the Girl at Midnight series:
“Inventive, gorgeous and epic.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“A stunning debut. . . . Equal parts atmosphere and adventure, Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight is positively divine.” —Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
“Catnip for fans of Cassandra Clare.” —BookPage.com
“An action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.” —Kirkus Reviews
★ “Sparks fly. . . . Will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters; and themes of family, power, loyalty, and romance.” —Booklist, Starred
“A must-read.” —Paste magazine
“You are going to love Echo.” —Bustle.com
“A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission to save the world, and some seriously spicy romance.” —SLJ
“Catnip for fans of Cassandra Clare.” —BookPage.com
“Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of laughs.” —Nerdist.com
“Enthralling and pure magic, Grey’s debut is delightful!” —Romantic Times
“A page-turner—I was hooked from start to finish.” —Latina magazine
About the Author
Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she embarked on an adventure of global proportions and discovered a secret talent for navigating subway systems in just about any language. She works as a freelance writer in New York City. She is the author of the Girl at Midnight series: The Girl at Midnight, The Shadow Hour, and The Savage Dawn. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com, follow @meligrey on Twitter, and look for melissagrey_ on Instagram.See all Product description
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Needless to say, it was impossible for me to end this read and stare at my digital copy with no hearts in my eyes. It was so beautifully crafted that I gawped when seeing a sentence revealing that this was in fact Melissa Grey’s debut novel. Colour me impressed.
With gorgeously detailed sensory detail and outstanding figures of speech, the writing made me want to crawl inside the story and take the main character (Echo)’s place in order to find the firebird that would bring peace between the Avicen and the Drakhain with as much intrepidity as she showed. I don’t usually feel this way about books (neither do I normally desire to, with no regrets, push a main character from a cliff) but the world-building that was contained inside The Girl at Midnight shimmered with quality. It will give you as impression that what you are reading matters, that it is worth your time.
Furthermore, those weren’t the only elements that make this story a memorable one to me. That’s right; it had a structured – without giving you as feeling that you can determine the next scene – plot and the kind that includes adventure, a quest, encounters with new characters, romance, betrayal, bravery and a remarkable amount of hopefulness. It drove me from my normal life straight to a more mystical and exciting one. I can see this series becoming a success very clearly. And maybe even a movie… At least, I hope so, because I’ve never met cinematographic (or book) characters with the appearance of Avicen people and would love to see how they would look like on the big screen.
I remember staring at the cover of this book repeatedly day after day since I first discovered it. I kept thinking, ‘‘This has to be good.’’ And, as you may suspect if you have read my thoughts written above, it absolutely was for me. More than that: it was fantastic. However, my self wanting to kill the heroine does mean that this read was not a flawless one. Indeed, Echo’s personality and behaviour, especially before the quest was given, was comparable to a kid’s one due to her bluntness, recklessness and lack of judgement in certain situations. She was also the only character that used a strongly colloquial language. It just didn’t feel right for the story. Every time Echo started speaking, I was constantly sulking at how it disintegrated inch by inch the seriousness and deepness of the fantasy genre that constituted the story. Good thing that both of those things were always restored by the magnificent secondary characters. Otherwise, I would have been very annoyed.
Technically, there was a slight love-triangle, but I did not mind it. You will see that the ‘‘second,’’ if that is how I shall call it, couple come to know one another in such a gradual and believable way that you will too forget the boy Echo left behind soon enough *wink* *wink*. The relationships were actually well-done and I am referring to both romantic and friendly ones. And you know the best part? There was a gay couple in this story. Hats off to the author for having convinced me of their affection toward one another. I did feel like they did not have enough scenes together though. But neither did Alec & Magnus in City of Bones and look at how it all evolved.
I wish everyone would give this first in a formidable new series book a chance.
First, some of the banter is laugh out loud funny. The story is told from multiple POVs, but each is clear and distinct. You get to know each of the characters very well, very quickly, which is a testament to the author’s skill. I liked every main character, though some were more quirky than others. They are complex and empathetic.
The world building also really resembles Laini Taylor’s (that is one hell of a recommendation for those who are not familiar with her work), so I can see why they are advertising the similarities. There is a hidden magical world just underneath the one we inhabit, and only a few people manage to bridge both realities. Echo and her friends have to maneuver through the human world, tracing the firebird’s path, while hiding magic from the unsuspecting humans.
Echo struggles with identity, being an orphan who was taken in by the Avicen but never fully comfortable with them. She has to deal with her sense of loyalty to the Avicen for taking her in being directly in conflict with her desire to find the firebird with the help of their sworn enemies. She has to put aside her preconceptions and accept the help of people she thinks are evil in order to stop greater evil.
My one big complaint is that the cover made me really think this was going to be a fairy tale like fantasy, and it is not. It was great, just not what I was expecting going in.
I enjoyed the characters and writing in this book. I found it well-written, almost lyrical in places, with a great sense of humour in the banter. Great for fantasy geeks like myself.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Echo is a human girl caught in a world of magic and she stands up for herself. The Avicen people are who she grew-up around but she was human and they were other. Sure she had those who loved her and those who didn't mind her being around but there were others who didn't like her, for the fact that she was human. She had to deal with that type of racism for a good chunk of her life but her life wasn't a bad one. Echo had people who loved her, friends, she traveled the world and used magic. To survive in our world and this magical she had to be strong. Echo was feisty, smart, caring, brave and challenging, I love her.
I feel I can do a brief summary for the other characters, something that doesn't need a whole lot of words.
The Ala: A mother type with a strong backbone and a sense for good.
Rowan: A friend who needs to get his self together
Ivy: A truly good person who is supportive and kind beyond belief
Caius: An unexpected surprise, who fights for what he truly believes in
Dorian: Brash, stiff, loyal but a little lost
Jasper: A Six of Crows character (a different Jasper), I am telling you he would fit right in
One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that Echo travels all over the world, Asia, Germany, England, and so on. Also the way she travels kinda reminds me of how they traveled in Harry Potter (think Floo-powder). The story was so good that I hated to put the book down, I read a big chunk of it in one day. I was so excited about reading this book and when I wasn't reading the book I was trying to figure out what would happen next.
Girl at Midnight is about a human girl and her friends on this big magical scavenger hunt that is suppose to lead to something called the Firebird. The Firebird is a myth to most but a few it's a means to getting power, power that could be use to either save or destroy. If Echo's enemies get their hands on the Firebird it could mean an end to one race. On the journey to the Firebird Echo will find magic, mystery, murder, betrayal, fighting, love and friendship. I am get the next book in the series as soon as I can.