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The Girl at Midnight

(The Girl at Midnight #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  9,475 ratings  ·  1,850 reviews
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 all but one human: Echo, a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market.

The Avicen are the only family Echo has ever known, so when a centuries-old war cre
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press
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Emily May
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, arc, young-adult, 2015
“He was sickeningly handsome, verging on beautiful... his eyes were the kind of green that would make emeralds weep with envy.”

2 1/2 stars.

The Girl at Midnight was easily one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I know many others feel the same. After reading it, I can feel myself inwardly bristling at the praise that is certain to come - beautiful, magical, unique - I can see it now. How unique does this world sound? A race of creatures with feathers for hair; an MC raised by supernatural
Steph Sinclair
Actual rating: Strong 3.5 stars

Listen up, Fantasy nerds. I'm going to give you six very good reasons why you should make The Girl at Midnight a priority on your TBR list.

1. Do you like snarky dialogue? Yes or yes?

Echo's snark game is on point. I personally love a main character who can pull her own weight and let her snark flag fly free. There were several times where I legit laughed out loud. Considering I am a robot, that was impressive. Well played, Grey.

2. Are you on the market for a new boo
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Can I add this book to my Read shelf 8 million times? Because that's about how many times I've read it. Because I wrote it. ...more
Sasha Alsberg
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm totally adding this book into one of my "if you liked this...then you'll like this...." recommendation videos!

The Girl at Midnight was a pretty solid book. Very entertaining! Sometimes it reminded me of TMI or The Daughter of Smoke & Bone but I have a feeling it won't remind me of them in the coming books!

I give it a solid 4/5 stars :)
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
For fans of The Mortal Instruments and Shadow and Bone?
lauren ❀
“The library was her home. Books didn’t give her dirty looks or whisper snide comments under their breath. Books didn’t judge.”

First of all, the quote above is sooo true. Anyway when I first heard about this book I wanted needed to have it in my hands straight away but that didn’t happen. When I finally had a copy I was so excited and put aside the three books I was reading just to read this. It sounded so cool and I had really high expectations. When I read the prologue I was so drawn in. I
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Girl At Midnight by Melissa Grey
Book One of The Girl At Midnight series
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

For readers of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I actually really enjoyed this book. It sucked me in very quickly- from the very first paragraph, I knew I was going to like the story. It was very vibrant and beautifully written...and I love love loved the characters. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a light but enticing whimsical experience. I'd recommend diving into the plot without any hints about the story.

I've heard this book compared many times to 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone'. While they are definitely similar- I think this
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I really wanted to like this book, all the more since I had loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but there's a fine line between "if you liked this, you'll like that as well" and "it's so similar you get to wonder where one ends and the other begins". Not very original. Same comment regarding the comparison with the Shadowhunters series (which isn't so original to start with, but that's another story). As a result, I kept being dist
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
first time read: September 17-21, 2015
first reread: October 30 - November 7, 2016

original review: SO FREAKING GOOD

I really, really, really enjoyed this one! I knew I would...I hoped I would! This book reminded me a lot of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.....some would say that is a bad thing, I don't! I actually really enjoyed that series, and I was really happy that this reminded me of it. It isn't THE SAME, it just reminded me a lot of it. It also kind of reminded me of the Gri
Adam Silvera
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT is bound to be a hit with fantasy readers who loved Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE trilogy. Plus, if you enjoyed the humor and action found Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instrument series, this is also up your alley. Echo is a pickpocket who is capable, hilarious, and bad-ass and finds herself wanting to track down a mythical firebird to not only put an end to a war between two warring races, but to feel like she's earned herself a place in the family that took her ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gimme-2015-k
.。.:*・Actual Rating: 3.8 stars .。.:*・
What to expect from a first-in-a-series fantasy? Ample amounts of sarcasm and wit (mhmmm my favourite), inevitable tropes and a fun country-hopping scavenger hunt.

The Girl At Midnight is easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Not because of the cover colour scheme (which, I won’t lie, does tickle my fancy), nor due to the Book A meets Book B comparison (which is 99.9% of the time completely off). It’s because the premise attempts (and qui
The Avicen and the Drakharin are at war for petty reasons. Drakharin believe the Avicen took their magical power for their own and there's been strife between the two races ever since. To stop the war, there is an ancient legend about a firebird that will bring them ever lasting peace. In the middle is Echo, a human who is adopted into the Avicen. She's never fit in considering she's not their kind, and they do little to welcome her. Then she meets Caius, a Drakharin who is unlike her boyfriend. ...more
Taylor Knight
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is so cool and so amazingly written. There's so many quotes from this book that I want to paint on my walls or something. The concept is awesome. It reminded me a lot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I was still stuck to the pages.
I loved the characters. Echo is awesome and she kicks so much butt. I found a lot of the characters to be engaging and really interesting.
I liked how the romance was well paced and developed naturally. That was one of my favorite things about this book. Th
Anja H.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Echo looked around at her sea of tomes, and a single word came to mind: tsundoku. It was the Japanese word for letting books pile up without reading them all.”

I actually really enjoyed this, despite having seen mixed reviews from my GR friends and having pretty low expectations. The premise was really unique and the world so elaborate and interesting!

I'm so glad I finally decided to give this a chance!
This book was absolutely perfect, well deserving of one of my most anticipated 2015 books!

In The Girl at Midnight, we follow the story of Echo, a teenage, human girl, living in the Avicen world. Echo, a thief, very gifted at her 'job', is sent on a sort of scavenger hunt in order to find the legendary Firebird, a mythical entity which is crucial in stopping the long war between the Avicen and the Drakharin. Throughout her journey she meets new people, some of which are enemy Drakharin's, and dis
Aly (In Wonderland)
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Rounded down to 3 stars.

“The young always think they’re invincible, right until the moment they learn otherwise. Usually, the hard way.”

The Girl at Midnight is in no way original. Marketed as a cross between Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, this book already set expectations incredibly high. It was a surprise to find that, in actuality, The Girl at Midnight is very, very similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by L
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

Until recently I have not been a fan of fantasy. I've always found it starts so slow because you really need to be brought into the world and that takes a lot of building. But I can see that when the world building is done right, it's not slow. It's a burn that builds and gives you exactly what you need.

Echo has grown
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It has been pointed out far too many times that The Girl at Midnight shares many similarities with Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Some might consider this to be a compliment and an instant recommendation, but for me, it was a sign that I should consider very carefully before reading it. But while it was clear right from the start that the stories do indeed share many elements, it was also clear to me that The Girl at Midnight lacks that pretentiousness I strongly disliked in Taylor’ ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to Manon by: The hype
Shelves: 2015
More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages.
"She had gone to the library in search for hope, but what she'd found instead was a child. It would take her many years to realize that the two were not so different after all."
― Melissa Grey, The Girl at Midnight

Thank you Delacorte Press for providing me with an advanced reading copy for review.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

How to start a review of a book one loved so much? I was already convinced of Melissa Grey's writing and talent after I read the magical a
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

There's a reason why a lot of people have been comparing The Girl at Midnight to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That's because they stir the same voice and melancholy out from the readers.

Things I lalalalalove:

Main characters. Everyone is terrifyingly beautiful. There's OTP groupwork, sass and more.
Flowery writing.
Romances. Give me twenty.

Why did I give it a partial three rating: While I happened to love and appreciate everything about this book, I wasn't obsessed with it.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Wow, what a fantastic read! Fans of Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) will love this read, as well as anyone who likes dragons and strange creatures.
I really really enjoyed the world building in this book, and reading about the different societies of fantastical creatures/people. Our protagonist, Echo, is human but has been adopted into the world of the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magical abilities. The Avicen live underground, out of the sight of the hum
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!

If there’s anything that a YA fantasy lover will appreciate, it’s Laini Taylor. So when you plaster Laini Taylor all over a new fantasy that is receiving a fair amount of hype, we’re going to take notice. Unfortunately, I’m one of the black sheep in this book. I just couldn’t get into it and I failed to connect to the characters, although I did have an appreciation for the beautiful flowery writing.

What I liked about The Gir
What did I think?

Hmm. Okay. Well...

I fucking loved it.

They said this is a mix of Shadow and Bone and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, both series that I absolutely LOVED (even tough the latter series didn't exactly turn out the way I wanted it to, but it still a favourite). And man, were they ever right. Because, you know, sometimes when a book is claiming to be just like another popular series, they turn out to be totally wrong and it just doesn't make any sense.

ANYWAYS. Like I was saying, I loved t
Helena Paris
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cheap Daughter of Smoke and Bone knockoff, but enjoyable nonetheless. Unfortunately, each book in this trilogy gets worse and worse as the series develops, so I wouldn’t recommend going further than this instalment. This one is quirky and fun, but the others?...not so much. And can we please stop with the Firebird trope? I don’t understand the obsession with it AT ALL!
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction
Full Review found here: CHECK IT OUT! :D
Beatrice in Bookland
la versione cliché di Daughter of smoke and bone
Cheryl La Pa
4.5 stars. Absolutely loved it! The Girl at Midnight is a magical page-turner that is beautifully written with a delightful cast of characters.

It is a YA fantasy that focuses on Echo, a human who lives in the hidden Avicen world (an ancient race of bird-like people) who have been at war with the Drakharins (dragon-like people) for centuries. When Echo is sent deep in Drakharin territory to look for clues for the mythical firebird, she hopes that she will prove her loyalty to the Avicens and fin
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Read this review and more at What Sarah Read!

The Girl at Midnight is my perfect kind of book…a fantasy story involving a young woman on an epic quest with an eclectic and mismatched group of companions all coming together to try to save the day. I was entertained, amused and most importantly, invested in the story of Echo and her quest to track down the legendary firebird. See, I told you…epic quest!


One of my favorite aspects of The Girl at Midnight was the myth and legend that Grey created and
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Melissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time. She also has a Masters in Art History but that's a much less useful skill.

She is the author of The Girl at Midnight trilogy, Rated, and the forthcoming The Valiant Ladies of Potosi.

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