Title: The Girl at Midnight
Author: Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House)
“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.”
I really want to scream. What was Kirkus thinking giving this a starred review? Seriously, I question them. Is this book bad? No. Is it great? No. The world building and the characters are amazing, but if you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone then this book does not seem so great.
The romance and adventure just don’t feel as intense. Even the war between the two races lacks impact. It really did read like a less impressive version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
I think I would acquired it, but it would have been almost a completely different book. I love the world, and her writing, but the story right now just is not doing it for me.