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The Girl at Midnight Book Review

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Greythegirlatmidnight

Published: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.

I haven’t heard of this author before, and decided to buy this book on a whim from Book Outlet. I am so glad that I did! I really enjoyed this book, and although it is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone I felt like the book was original enough to stand out on its own.

…I like to be around all these books. They’re very good at making you forget your troubles. It’s like having a million friends, wrapped in paper and scrawled in ink

This started off with a 7 year old girl pick pocketing who she thought was a woman in the library late at night. The prologue was so well written that I was hooked after the first few pages. Who was this little girl? Why is she living in the library? Why was the woman that she tried to steal money from have feathers? So many questions, and I just had to read the rest of the book to find out the answers.

I loved the pacing of this book. There was plenty of action and they were spaced out very well. I also liked how the author put a really huge emphasis on friendship and didn’t really focus that much on the romantic aspect of Echo’s life. Yes, there was some very cheesy moments in the beginning with her boyfriend Rowan. When Caius showed up there was a brief moment that seemed as if there was going to be a love triangle, but thankfully the author didn’t put too much emphasis on it. I didn’t like how Echo thought oh well I screwed up so Rowan isn’t going to like me anymore, guess I’ll just like Caius instead. It wasn’t really that quick, but it felt like it a little bit.

The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way

I knew going in that this was going to be a series, because lets face it no one does just standalones anymore it seems, so I was waiting for them to get almost to the firebird and we be left with a cliffhanger. Thankfully, this novel didn’t end on one! Yes, you know that there is still a war going on, but they found the firebird and lines have been drawn.

But think carefully on it. Names are not a thing to be rushed. There’s power in names.

The only aspect that I had a problem with in this novel, was the fact that no one really knew how the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin started. I felt like it could be flushed out a little bit more, or maybe the truth will come out in the second or third book. For this one, it just seemed like a scapegoat that each side just blamed the other for starting it.

I did enjoy that there were LGBT characters, and that they didn’t seem awkward or just randomly placed into the story. They were involved for most of the book, and they weren’t just thrown in to have a LGBT aspect. (These characters and the friendship between Dorian and Caius, is how I can see that this book reminds people of The Mortal Instruments). 

Overall, I enjoyed this book and how strong and independent the main character is. I can’t wait to get the second book to see how their stories continue.


I am currently working on my master's degree in Environmental Science. I am an avid reader as well as a movie enthusiast! I currently live at the bottom of Texas with my husband and three dogs.

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