The Girl of Midnight

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The Girl of Midnight (Girl and Midnight Book 1)

by: Melissa Grey

Genre: High Fantasy

Expected Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Bang Bang Rating: bombbombbombbomb

Overview

Echo is an adopted human member of the Avicen, a magical race of people with feathers for hair. When she is sent out to find the mythical firebird to end the war with the Drakharin, she inadvertently partners with the Drrakharin Dragon Prince and his captain of the guard.

Dang, That was Good

  • Writing. Grey is a debut and the story she creates is quite interesting.  Echo can travel between countries by way of shadow dust. Grey captures the beauty of Japan, France, and New York.
    • Grey invents two new races-Avicen who have feathers for hair and the Drakharin who have colorful dragon scales.  It’s always a pleasure when authors create something different.  It was difficult to picture at first, but I got over it.
    • The story was never predictable.  It had a simple plot.  There’s a war between two races and whoever finds the firebird can end the war.  However within its simplicity, Grey managed to avoid formulaic plot twists and the dreaded love triangle.
    • POV. it’s written in third person but Grey writes several chapters that overlap.  For example, an interesting moment happens between Jasper and Dorian in one chapter and the next chapter is Ivy’s reaction to their conversation.  This of course isn’t new but it doesn’t happen very often and it’s a nice change.
    • Themes.  There were deeper themes under the surface.  Identity and feeling belonged were present throughout the novel.  All Avicen’s names have meanings.  Echo’s name and Caius’ name also had deeper meanings.  I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that.
  • Characters. There are several interesting characters in Midnight.  I think the best are Caius-the Dragon Prince and the Oracle.
    • Caius is deep and introspective. He loves others and cares about his people and of course he’s gorgeous. I thought Grey did a great job of developing this character and the love he and Echo share.
    • The Oracle was only in the book for a couple of chapters but I loved her wit.
    • I thought all the characters were well developed.  The villains weren’t the focus and this was refreshing because I’ve read enough evil queens to last me a lifetime.

That’s Too Bad, Dang

  • This book was on its way to a 4.5 until page 349/360.  Throughout the novel, Grey writes a wonderful thinker.  It’s one of those books where you have to pay attention to maps and buildings and the wise words of elders and nicknames because it all comes full circle.  It’s one of those books that you have to write notes because you’ll have to reference them to understand what’s going on.  At least that was the case until about eleven pages from the end.  Grey did a great job of showing and not telling but on page 350, she begins to tell.  It ruined it for me! I like having to figure things out on my own and discussing it with other readers and realizing that you missed something and having to go back and see where you went wrong.  I don’t like it when an author lays it all out for you.  DAMN!!!
  • Echo. She was annoying in the beginning. She was the human antithesis of the magical Avicen and Drakharin but she wasn’t funny or witty.  Her character improved a lot by the end but her voice put me off in the beginning. I almost gave up on page 25.
  • Some people have been comparing it to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Mortal Instruments.  I agree about DOSM to a degree but I think it was different enough to be on a level of its own.  I couldn’t get passed City of Bones so I have no opinion on MI.
  • SPOILERISH SPOILERISH SPOILERISH
    • I don’t know if this will develop in book 2 but the name thing wasn’t answered.  If you read the book, please tell me if I missed something because part of the puzzle was someone’s name and that didn’t happen.
    • Also, in my opinion, I think the title is a bit of a spoiler.

Overall

This was a very enjoyable read.  It had new types of characters and an unpredictable plot.  The characters were well developed and the mixing of contemporary themes with a fantasy plot was a nice vacation from the norm.

I think Grey is a great debut and I’m excited to see what happens in book 2.

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