Blog Tour Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Blog Tour Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #1
Published by Delacorte BFYR on April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
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four-half-stars

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.

Comparison marketing is often a blatant lie, and, even when it makes sense, it’s often a subtle similarity. No comparison marketing has ever been more on point than Cassandra Clare meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone for The Girl at Midnight. Like, straight up, that explains everything you need to know about this book. The Girl at Midnight has the ship magic of both authors, the addictive quality of Clare, and the kind of sassy, fabulous characters to be found in both.

I fell in love with Echo immediately. Echo is sass incarnate. She’s sort of a Zuzana/Karou combination, meaning that she’s a badass rule-breaking thief who also can snark in any situation. There is not a bone in my body that can resist a character like this. Grey delivers premium banter so good that I didn’t mind all the smirks and ludicrously hot people with pretty eyes at all.

Trying to talk about this book with any sort of reason, rather than keyboard smashing about my feelings and how I don’t understand how Grey made me feel them so intensely is hard. Seriously, she made me ship instalove so damn much. Like, the ships are both instalovey and remind me of those ships but I shipped it so hard and did not care at all.

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Instalove can be done really well, and, while this is tropey as all get out, I do think that Grey doesn’t use this as a writer cheat. The difference between this tropey instalove and the ones that frustrate me is that I buy the connections between the characters. They banter, they work together, they have to work through trust issues, and they also are aware that they’re maybe moving to fast so they don’t sentiment all over me. My favorite ship is the LGBT one View Spoiler », but I love Echo and Caius too View Spoiler ». I CARE SO MUCH.

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So the plot, because there is a plot to this beyond pretty people and kissing (though I probably wouldn’t mind if there wasn’t if I’m honest), is also super fun. I was side-eyeing the dragon and bird people, but I loved it. Dragon Dorian has silver hair and he’s captain of the guard to Caius, a hot dark-haired Dragon Prince. The bird people are even more fun because they actually have the plumage of different kinds of birds, and Jasper is a peacock which is the most perfect thing to ever happen ever.

Turning my logic brain on for a moment, I do think that The Girl at Midnight leans to heavily on books that have come before. From the start, I could predict everything that happened, since I’d read City of Bones and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That said, I noted it, but it didn’t actually impact my enjoyment. I think it improved greatly on the former, and I like the narrative structure of The Girl at Midnight more than the one in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. With the sequel, I really hope to see this series set itself apart from these markedly, much as I did love this finished product.

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My head and heart waged a bit of a war about The Girl at Midnight, and my heart won; I loved reading this book, and I would do lots of unsavory things to get my hands on book two. This book has some kind of special magic, because, despite being full of tropes I’m tired of, it totally cast a spell over me.

Favorite Quote:

“It would be earth-shatteringly poor manners for you to whip out your sword in my home.” And then, oh sublime horror, Jasper winked. “After all, we’ve only just met.”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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3 responses to “Blog Tour Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey”

  1. I have heard so many good things about this book, I really can’t wait to read it though! Glad you enjoyed it, hope I will to.
    Happy Reading XD
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  2. DORIAN AND JASPER FOREVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR! YEAASSSSSSSSS!
    (I think I died a little when Dorian took Jasper’s hand or when Dorian let Jasper dress him up or basically when they’re on the same room).
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  3. Holly J says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! Funnily enough, while reading, I actually didn’t get the Daughter of Smoke and Bone similarities, probably because it’d been so long since I’ve read the books (and that could be the reason why they didn’t bug me after people have pointed them out). I’m hoping the sequel will take this in a different direction and move away from those comparisons, and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

    Also, I don’t know how she did the insta-love so well either, but I ended up shipping, like, everything in this book. I was even shipping an OT3 at one point (and I’ve never done that. Haha). But I love, love, love the romances (and hints of) by the end. And SASSY ECHO YESSSSSSS. Love her character so much.

    Great review!!
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