Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey [Joint Review!]


4 out of 5 Robots!
  

The Girl at Midnight By Melissa Grey
Series: Girl at Midnight, #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Release: April 28, 2015
Hardcover:  368 Pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. Let's hear the quick and dirty first! 
Shannon:  I actually...loved this book!  Sure, parts were a little silly, but everything else was so good and entertaining that I was very much willing to overlook it.  
 
Julia: The Girl at Midnight is fun and unique, though predictable and slow to start. 

2. Echo chose her name, what do you think about her choice?
Shannon: Ehhhh...I think I would like it better if we got a good explanation as to why THAT name. 
 
Julia: Name made me eye roll and distracted me from the story a bit. The name ties into the ending of the story, but I thought that was pretty cliche. I suppose the name does suit her though, because she is so much different than the rest of her friends... the name is, "different."

3. Secondary characters, Ala... Caius... Jasper... Dorian. Who is your favorite? 
Shannon: Oohh, tough choice.  I loved Caius.  I thought he had a lot of depth and was a well drawn character.  I also got a kick out of Jasper who just calls everyone out on their crap.  And my heart went out to Dorian.  That guy was carrying quite the torch. 

Julia: Caius is definitely my favorite character. He is the only one that really intrigued me, loved finding out more about his past. The rest of the character depth doesn't compare, except for Dorian.
 
4. Love is in the air! Was there chemistry? 
Shannon:  The chemistry between all the characters was my favorite part!  I love ensemble books because you get so many interesting dynamics.  I loved the relationship Caius and Dorian had because it is complicated.  Dorian is Caius' royal guard, but also has feelings for him.  They are very close and good friends, but I loved the subtle ways Dorian's attraction plays into their relationship.  I also liked the developments between Jasper and Dorian.  I was rooting for Caius' and Echo's relationship, but I think I would have been ok without the romance too.  I just liked them working together the best.  All in all, I thought Melissa Grey did a great job writing these characters and their relationships with each other.
 
Julia: I loved all the different relationships. I didn't feel "chemistry" as far as couples could go outside of Dorian and Jasper. I wasn't that into Echo and Caius being a thing, but that may just be because of the super cheese we get at the ending. I love the Ala/Echo relationship, and the one she has with her best friend. Really, loved it all, but could've also done without the relationship stuff. Great adventure story without!

5. There's going to be a sequel. Do we need it? What about that ending? 
Shannon:  I liked that there was conclusion, so you could walk away satisfied.  But there is also enough of left to do that there could definitely be another book that explores the "now what?" at the end of the book.

Julia: I don't need it, I don't think readers need it. I'm satisfied that she gave it a legit ending. The ending is predictable and cheesy, two things I can't stand. That being said, the rest of the book is pretty great, so I can easily overlook my disdain of the ending. I liked where she took the characters, maybe just not the execution. Regardless, I will probably read the sequel just because Shannon wants to and I like discussing books with her. (haha)
 
6. What was your rating? Who should read this?
Shannon: 4.5 stars for me!  I think fantasy fans will really enjoy this one!
 
Julia: I'm giving it a solid 4. Fantasy fans should definitely read it, loved that the characters are so different and aren't just humans with magic or fae. They're bird-people and dragon-people. The descriptions are brilliant! 
 

1 comment :

  1. This book is totally different from what I thought it was. The title and the cover had me thinking it was a medieval fantasy (which I am quite sick of at the moment), so I am much more interested in it now. Thanks for another great dual review. :D

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