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The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey eARC {3 Stars}

The Girl at Midnight is a story of feathered and scaled beings living hidden alongside humans and the human girl that ends up in the middle of a war. While I initially thought The Girl at Midnight would be very atmospheric and mysterious, it turned out to be a pretty straightforward quest for the item of ultimate power that would save everything with some really age inappropriate romance thrown in for good measure. I had extremely high expectations for The Girl at Midnight, so I am definitely disappointed that it ended up being not AMAZING, but it is still a fun YA fantasy that could develop into a cool series.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Girl at Midnight from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey eARC {3 Stars}

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Published by Delacorte on April 28th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: 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, 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.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • I was instantly interested in The Girl at Midnight when people with feathers instead of hair were mentioned and there are all varieties of feather color to make for some beautiful sounding people! On top of that though there are dragon people!! They can’t turn into dragons anymore apparently, but they used to and they still have scales smattered across their faces and hands and such.
  • One of the main characters is gay and there is a very sweet romance that develops in the background for him :D. I was thrilled to see not only a gay character but also a romance storyline for him!
  • Friendships play a very key role in The Girl at Midnight and I really liked the friendship between Echo and her bestie and the various interesting friendships that slowly develop between the two warring factions.
  • There isn’t a whole lot of variety of magic in The Girl at Midnight, but the magic that we see is cool. There’s a pretty standard teleportation dust, but the rules governing it are interesting. We see a bit of the dragon magic and then other stuff at the end. I would really like to find out more about how they possibly all relate though.
  • Echo is a great main character for this sort of fantasy. She is fun and spunky and admits that she sometimes can’t resist mouthing off, but at least she accepts that of herself!

Weaknesses:

  • There were times in The Girl at Midnight that there were romantic developments and angst EVERYWHERE! There are two main characters and then each of them has a best friend and then there are a couple of other secondary characters and I swear they all have romantic lines of some kind connecting them, gah!
  • I really really really hate when hundred-year-old creatures act like teenagers and especially when they fall for fairly immature teenagers. Seriously, how does that make any sense?? I’m 25 and I already can’t stand most teenagers! (No offense lovely teen readers, you are the exceptions, I’m sure you can’t stand many teens too ;-). )
  • I really dislike when I’m reading a book and get major deja vu to a different series. The Girl at Midnight has way too much in common with Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it started getting really darn annoying and predictable.
  • The villain of The Girl at Midnight is really quite flat. She has very little reason for wanting to continue war and destruction besides being angry and violent by nature. Yawn….
  • I was disappointed with the lack of description in The Girl at Midnight when it came to what these awesome new humanoids look like. I still can’t really tell you how much feathering Avicen have besides feathers instead of head hair. I can’t tell you if the transition between feathers and skin looks gross like it does on birds or what. The dragon people apparently do have hair and just scales on their cheek bones? And maybe the scales vary in color by person? Oh and there was some eye color weirdness too I think. Yeah, seriously a missed opportunity.

Summary:

The Girl at Midnight is a fun YA fantasy with a couple of interesting ideas, a paranormal romance or three, and a fun quest/heist plot line. If I hadn’t had such high expectations, I would have found it quite enjoyable I’m sure. The Girl at Midnight, however, did not live up to the crazy hype surrounding it so for your own reading enjoyment, maybe lower your expectations down to normal levels a bit?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Comments

  1. I sat it aside for a bit. For some reason the way it was written it didn’t want to stick in my head. Haha hope that makes sense.

  2. I just recently picked up this book, and I have to admit that in light of the glaring reviews, my expectations are pretty high. I’m wary now though! Because I do love a good villain; we’ll just have to see!
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  3. Yuck, I hate reading about romances with disturbing age differences. Sounds like a Bella-Edward relationship.

    This book is on my to-read list, but I admit that I’m becoming increasingly less excited about it. It’s too bad, because it definitely had potential.

    • Exactly! It just seems so ridiculous that a super old person would be at all attracted to an angsty teen!

  4. I’m just starting this one and I’m having trouble being enthusiastic about it. I’m sorry to hear that there’s lots of teen angst. At least the world building sounds interesting.

  5. Hmm, expectations are now tempered. This is too bad, especially the romance issues. :/
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    • Hopefully that ends up with you liking it more! ;-) Yeah, romance is something I get so picky about D:

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