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.
Publishes in US: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press
Genre: ya fantasy
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
The Shadow Hour #2 Expected publication: July 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press
The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3) Expected publication: 2017
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The book is in third person which is not what I'm used to.. It's told from echo a human and Caius who is a drakharin.
Echo is definitely an interesting character she basically grew up in the library and she was taken under the wings of a pretty powerful avi cen it's a race of people who are similar to birds they have feathers and plumage, that sort of thing. The two races have been at war for a very long time. Caius as well as an Avicen have been looking for the Firebird which is prophesied to bring an end to the war.
The world building was good, off had a lot of detail but it didn't drown me in it right.at the beginning. It let me get a sense of Echo as a character and them figure out even more about the fantasy which I like.
Echo is pretty much a master thief and sneak because of how she grew up. She steals food and not only sneaks into the library, she has her own bedroom there.
The Avicen world in unseen Echo describes part of it as under the new York train station. Echo is human but The Ala brought her into th their world when she found five year old Echo alone and homeless at the library. Because of her upbringing she uses a magic dust that gets her in the inbetween and lets her quickly travel around the world.and also a gate to Avicen world.
Echo is popular with the Avicen kids because she gives them attention and often candy comes egg that attention. I love seeing characters who treat children well and respect and notice them.
I like that friendship is a theme on this one as well. Her and ivy have been friends since echo arrived.
the middle of the story slowed down a lot and I think part of it for me at least was because it started introducing too many points of view. I told you chu had you are in but I just kinda lost track of the voices and the different circumstances and wish it would have just kept to one or maybe two. I got through it though because I like the beginning and the setup and I hope that the ending of this one would bring someone closer instead of being a cliffhanger cuz I'm not sure when or if I would have a chance to continue on with the series.
It did pick back up and I was satisfied with the ending and the wrap up that it gave me.
My question to you, my lovely readers: