Posted by The YA Book Traveler , Wednesday, August 19, 2015 12:00 AM
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1)
by Melissa Grey
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 LOVED this book! In fact, this has become one of my favorite books this year.
The Humor: The humor is in this book is fantastic. Our main character Echo is super sarcastic and witty. She says the things you wish you could say and she has great comebacks. Plus her remarks seem very "real". Jasper is another character you meet in the book and he's also quite hilarious and the charmer.
The Romance: Sometimes romance is done poorly in books, but in The Girl at Midnight, it's done very well. I love when thoughts are battling as to why their hearts feel certain ways and I think the internal struggles with all the characters involved doesn't feel forced or fake.
Echo is just a girl. But when she ran away at the age of 7 she met an Avicen woman who took her back to her people. She grew up among them, however never fully belonged. Echo along with the other main characters of this book go on an adventure to find answers that will end the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin.
This story is full of great dialogue, perfectly written and thought out characters (including secondary characters), a swoony dragon prince (yay!) and witty banter. It's truly a wonderful read!
The Audiobook!Julia Whelan does an AMAZING job narrating this book. Caius and the other Drakharin have a slight Scottish accent which Julia does perfectly. Also, in the book there is a lot of world traveling and I was impressed with Julia's pronunciation of other languages.
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook.