The Girl at Midnight (Girl at Midnight #1)
by Melissa Grey
Young Adult Fantasy
Magic lives in our darkest corners.
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.
The Girl at Midnight was nothing how I thought it would be and everything I could want it to be. I didn’t know how this book would go when I read the synopsis but I didn’t expect this. The plot line was excellent, the characters verse and complicated, the writing was good and the world was interesting.
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 supposed 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 getting the next book in the series as soon as I can.