Home / Book Review / Must-Read Fantasy | Book Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Must-Read Fantasy | Book Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight is a book to get VERY excited about!

Book Review: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Goodreads | Amazon | Melissa Grey’s Website

the girl at midnight melissa grey book review

Title & Author: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal

Release Date: April 28, 2015

Series: The Girl at Midnight #1

Publisher: Delacorte

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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, but 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.”

Get Ready For Gushing

From page one, I was hooked by The Girl at Midnight. I was immediately immersed in an incredible setting and the most interesting situation.

The place is a library in New York City, and the story begins with a little girl who lives in the library meeting a stranger with feathers for hair.

I was compelled to keep reading because this story was just that addicting. Echo, the now-teenaged girl from the library, has found herself mixed up in a cross-world hunt for clues to help the Avicen, her feathered magical friends.

The different magical races portrayed were so well-thought out, with details that made me wish they were real. Not to mention my love of Echo and her personal brand of quick-witted, sarcastic humor. She was the best type of heroine – strong, funny and real.

Plus, trying to find clues to end a magical war spanning lifetimes gave The Girl at Midnight a quick pace that kept the pages turning.

Other things I loved:

  • Great portrayal of best friends
  • More than one romantic focus
  • Swoonworthy heroes
  • An ending that guaranteed my interest and excitement in the sequel

As you can tell, this is a book I honestly fell in love with. The magic and mystery and humor totally won me over in every way. I found it completely impossible to put down, and I heartily hope you agree!


This is a story not to be missed!! It’s perfect for avid fantasy fans and…really, anyone. The Girl at Midnight is a must-read book of 2015!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Great review! I have just started reading more fantasy. I have liked the fantasy reads I have read so far. I will check this one out.

  • Kati

    Oh I am so looking foward to it. You are making me even more keen now … Though waiting is hard as the book will not be published until April 28 … ARGH!!! I HATE WAITING 🙂

  • I can’t wait! I think it will be released shortly, and I’m SOOO excited 🙂 Great review.

  • Thanks for your review – now I am more than just thrilled … How the hell shall I now wait until April 28th … ????? *cryingoutloud*

  • Loved it loved it loved it!!
    #Jaspian needs to happen u.u
    Cannot wait for book 2!!! (which is at least 1 year away… ugh)

  • Pingback: Uppercase YA Book Subscription Box Review – May 2015 | My Subscription Addiction()