Series Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Series 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, Romance
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars

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 initially read The Girl at Midnight back when it originally released, and I was firmly ensconced on the crack train at that time. I still really enjoyed it, but I didn’t get quite as absorbed on this go-round.

The first time through, I fell for all of the ships, even Caius and Echo who instalove all over each other. This time, though, I was here for Jasper and Dorian for sure, but I didn’t care too much about Caius and Echo. Everything’s written in this delicious, tropetastic, crack way, so, if you’re not into that, you will absolutely not be into this series. However, if it’s your catnip, like it is for me, The Girl at Midnight holds up.

For the most part, I stand by my original review. I’m just dropping my rating, because I didn’t get as emotionally attached on this read.

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Series Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #2
Published by Delacorte BFYR on July 12, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 421
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars

A battle has been won. But the war has only just begun.

Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature—or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground?

Welcome to the shadow hour.

Though I bought The Shadow Hour when it came out, I never got around to reading it. I’m hit or miss on non-review books, and, by the time I could get to it, I figured I might as well wait for The Savage Dawn. The Shadow Hour is a good follow up to The Girl at Midnight, and, if you liked the first, you’ll be happy with book two.

Echo’s having a rough time of it, because, sure, she got this super awesome power, but apparently she also brought a murdery darkness into the world too, and it destroyed a whole town.

I couldn’t resist that, but seriously Echo’s completely broken up about what she’s done. This put a nice twist on the fact that Echo was the chosen one. In The Girl at Midnight, it felt like Rose was incredibly selfish not to take on the role that was meant for her, but now it seems like maybe everyone’s better without the Firebird, since it brings the kucedra. I always love when fiction resides in gray areas, and this element adds some nice complexity to the tale and to Echo’s characterization.

However, we still reside in crackville. For example, we’ve got a double love triangle going on. Echo and Caius now hang out with Rowan, and they’re all awkwardly trying to deal with the sexual tension and the fact that Echo totally cheated on Rowan, who she forgot to break up with. Meanwhile, Jasper’s evil, hot, wizard ex comes to town determined to win Jasper back, which makes Dorian super jelly. Remember how I said this series is tropey as all get out? Yeah, that’s still so very much true. There’s also a burgeoning ship for Ivy, which YAS! Ships for days!

Plot-wise, The Shadow Hour does some interesting things, and I feel like this installment feels a bit like a superhero story in a fantasy backdrop. Echo’s poised against the villain with powers comparable to Wonderboy, and at the end, she’s definitely heading in an emo-“I must be alone” direction that’s classic superhero. Hopefully she doesn’t follow through on that, since it’s never a good idea. Things do get surprisingly dark and intense fast, and many major plot points completely surprised me.

This is one excellent roller coaster, and I’m not getting off.

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Series Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyThe Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl at Midnight #3
Published by Delacorte BFYR on July 11, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
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three-stars

The war between light and dark has begun. The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.

After awakening the firebird, Echo is now the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed upon the world…right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.

The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master it. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. Is she strong enough to stare into the face of evil and not lose herself in its depths?

The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.

Well, I wasn’t wowed by the conclusion to The Girl at Midnight trilogy, but it was still a fun read. I’m mildly annoyed that neither of my library systems had it, so I had to purchase it to read, but I’m not super angry about it. Because I bought the last two books, I’ll probably keep them around and revisit this at least once, since this series is some delightful crack fun, but it never quite got beyond that.

The stakes are very high in The Savage Dawn, which is good. They’re fighting to save the world from the kucedra/Tanith, who has some sort of illogical plan. I do wish Tanith’s plan had been expanded on a bit more, rather than just being ravings caused by a brain on kucedra. However, Tanith does make a compelling villain, because, though very much not a good person, she does love her brother, and she does have regrets. Her relationship with Caius is touching, and it’s pretty close to the emotional zenith here.

I also very much enjoyed Dorian and Jasper, though they’re basically permanently written like a yaoi romance. I don’t mind that, but it may be a bit fan servicey for some; this feeling comes from how tropey the series is. It’s not a ship of ships, but they’re definitely shippable. I also liked Ivy and Helios, though again they’re totally tropetastic, but I love me some crack romance.

Where The Girl at Midnight lost me was Echo and Caius. I really can’t invest in this relationship. I’d like to have seen them really work through the problematic elements of their relationship or to admit that their connection is solely based on the fact that his ex sort of lives in her head. It’s not the healthiest relationship, and I just don’t see that working out long term. View Spoiler »

The Girl at Midnight series certainly isn’t the best fantasy out there, but it is a lot of fun. If you like manga or anime, I think you’re a lot more likely to really enjoy this series, because you can embrace the tropey ridiculousness.

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Jasper would absolutely shock Dorian like this

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