The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey | Book Review #24

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Beneath the streets of New York City love 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 cleaver and daring, and at times she can be brash, but about 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 seen. And this one might just set fire the world on fire.’

As always, the cover for this book drew me in, and the prospect of the Firebird was too good to pass up. So I requested The Girl at Midnight from the library and waited for a turn to read this unique book.

The descriptions and details of things in this book is what, in my opinion, makes this book beautiful. The writing itself was great, and flowed flawlessly.

One thing that caught me off guard; and kind of bothered me, was that there was more than one point of view. And even though there are multiple points of view, there were only two characters who had the most story time.

I know this is true in like, every book, but emotions are running on such a high throughout this story. Understandably so, though. So much happens in this book, its like there was a whirlwind and then suddenly there are characters all over the map.

About halfway through though, I guessed the ending; it was kinda clear to me. Of course, one wouldn’t know until they finished the book of course!

So, onto what I liked about this book. I like that there was so much representation within this novel. There are POC int his book, YAY! Diversity!! And there are a few LGBTQIA characters in the story as well! And I really liked the ending of this book, to be honest. I like the myth and the lore surrounding the Firebird. And I feel like, this book would’ve been great as a stand alone, but The Girl at Midnight is actually part of a.. I don’t know, actually. There are only two listing’s on GR’s.

If you’d like to check out The Girl at Midnight on GoodReads, I would definitely try to look at the non-spoilery reviews. I have a high suspicion that this book is either a love it or hate it book. — That cover though…

Have you read The Girl at Midnight? What did you think of it? If you haven’t read it, are you thinking about reading this novel?

Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Adele.

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