Tuesday, 12 May 2015

ARC Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
Behind 240 Pages
Released: 25 April 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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At the Other End:
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.

When I received the ARC, it came with a nail tutorial! How cool is that? I know that I'm no artist, yet I really had fun doing my nails for this book. I was hoping that they would turn out better, but oh well :)

Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn't had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008.

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A rich and fascinating story of a world just below our feet. A witty and powerful MC that will leave you entertained and gripping this book for hours on end. The Girl at Midnight is one of the best.

You know, I honestly didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I thought that it would be ok, especially because it sounded so much like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but it was amazing. Sure, the two had its similarities in the beginning, but other than that it was its own unique story that had me busting at the seams. I didn’t want to stop reading this book, it was everything you look for in a story. You get completely lost in the book and in what is happening that you forget everything else. This book leaves you happy, and with no massive cliff-hanger, you still end up craving for the next book like an itch you want to scratch but know you shouldn’t. 

It’s funny how much the main character’s personality results in your overall opinion of the book. Echo is without a doubt, now one of my fave main characters of all time (yep, right below to Celaena/Aelin, Feyre & Juliet Marillier characters). Echo was witty and smart and truly her own person. She is the girl that everyone wants to be, from her love of words to living in a library and always having something to say that will break the tension and lighten the moment. I loved how she could easily disarm anyone with her words, even those who she has just met and even if she fears them. There isn’t a moment when you don’t love Echo, and everything she does is for the right reasons. She was beyond relatable, and I’m so so soooo happy that she actually reacts to killing someone. Can you believe it, the girl feels guilty! Two whole chapters go by and she is actually reacting to killing someone. She is in shock, she is depressed and is shut off from herself. I don’t know how many times I’ve read books where people who haven’t killed before, kill someone and then don’t feel guilty afterwards. Or they do feel guilty, but we aren’t privy to their guilt, so it’s all just like, meh.. whatever. 

Let me warn you though, there is a kind of love triangle in this book... But it has its reasons so it’s really along the border of it. Also, the situation makes it all really hazy. Nothing bothered me, but I will just warn you all just in case. It’s nothing to be scared or worried about, but you’ve got to read the entire book then think back to it. The next book might get a bit more love-triangle-y, but I won’t get into that now...

The plot is very simple. I’m being serious, it’s such a simple focal point, yet it craves all this detail and twist that you’re left wondering how it even blossomed into something so big. I felt like, whenever the plot started to feel a bit too easy, something would literally just come in and change that, then that would take your focus for the rest of the book. It truly was brilliant.

I have SO many questions about that ending! We don’t get to see much, but it’s such a tease!!! Why can’t I have the second book now? Like right now? I’m grateful that there isn’t really a cliff-hanger (except for all the burning questions, which could be a cliff-hanger in itself), but it’s still just as antagonizing. WHYYY do we have to wait for the second one?!

This novel was received for review via Hachette Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. It sounds really amazing. I'm glad that Echo is such a great protagonist. Sometimes simple plots are the best! It doesn't have to be intricate and complex to be enjoyable. Lovely review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thank you! It is absolutely amazing, you definitely should give it a go. The simple plot works really well with this book, and there is so much witty banter :)

  2. Isn't it great to love a book so much more than you had expected? I don't think that I have seen this one before. Thank you for your enthusiastic review. I adore the bookish nails BTW. Lovely.

    1. Yes, it's always such a nice surprise and leaves you feeling thrilled. Thank you! I hope you get the chance to pick this one up.


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