Today I’m reviewing a book you’ve probably heard of: THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey as part of the The GIRL AT MIDNIGHT blog tour! Make sure you also enter the giveaway below, courtesy of Random House!
The Girl At Midnight
Author: Melissa Grey
Series: The Girl At Midnight #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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.
First Sentence: The Ala had gone to the library in search of hope.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
What I Liked
I love the dragon versus birds concept The Girl At Midnight is based on. It reminds me of a Chinese myth (?) or Chinese proverb (?) – I’m not sure whether it’s a myth or a proverb – where dragons and phoenixes are natural enemies. The Girl At Midnight reminds me of that Chinese myth or proverb; I love that the Drakharins have scales on their cheeks and that the Avicens have unique color feathers that represent a certain bird breed as their hair. I sadly couldn’t picture people with feathers for hair though, even though I saw a couple of pictures where people were cosplaying the Avicen.
Callipygian, Echo thought, watching Rowan depart. Having a nice butt. She took a moment to appreciate the scenic view before saying, “Honestly, Ivy, I don’t know what you don’t see.” (52)
I also like the fact that The Girl At Midnight takes place in multiple places around the world. We get to visit New York City (yay, hello hometown!) and trek through Japan. Melissa is definitely great at writing scenery – every time Echo visits some place new, I feel like I’m there along with her.
Echo’s use of foreign words and words others haven’t ever heard of in tight situations or when she’s trying to be clever was really entertaining to read about. Those moments definitely brightened up the book and sometimes made me even crack a smile. I wish these scenes occurred more often in the last half of the book as there wasn’t much of these entertaining scenes then.
What I Didn’t Like
I’ve seen this complaint about The Girl At Midnight from other reviewers around the blogosphere and I have to agree: The Girl At Midnight is way too similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and City of Bones. The Girl At Midnight doesn’t feel like it had been “inspired” by Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a bit of Shadow and Bone, and City of Bones, but more of like a copy, just with somewhat different characters. There are just too many similarities: angels vs chimaeras in Daughter of Smoke and Bone are the dragons vs. birds in The Girl At Midnight, the Ala is Brimstone, Echo is a wannabe Karou, Jace and Alec’s situation in City of Bones is the same as Caius and Dorian’s situation, The Girl At Midnight shared a huge plot twist with one of those books I’ve mentioned above, and I could go on and on. If The Girl At Midnight shared traits with only one of those books, it’ll be fine, but sharing traits with more than one popular book/series causes me to majorly side-eye it. I would have enjoyed The Girl At Midnight a lot more if it was more original.
“Backpfeifengesicht,” Echo said. It was one of her favorite words. German. A face made for punching. It suited Ruby perfectly. (102)
There was also cheating in this book – at least, I considered what Echo did cheating. Echo was in a relationship with another guy – she thought of him as her boyfriend and they shared a few kisses. Echo and her boyfriend were split apart for awhile and while they were apart, Echo then kissed Caius and developed a relationship with him without ever ending things with the guy she originally thought as her boyfriend. Nope, nope, nope, that’s just not the way to do things in my book.
The last third of the The Girl At Midnight also lagged. Things slowed down and it became quite tedious and predictable to read since it shared a major plot twist with another book I’ve mentioned above, which I saw coming from around page thirty.
If you’re looking for a book that’ll manage to make you crack a smile, I’ll recommend The Girl at Midnight.
Her debut novel, The Girl At Midnight, will be published by Delacorte/Random House in spring 2015.
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