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Daughter of Smoke & Bone meets Neverwhere in this fantasy adventure
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE meets Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE in this magical debut from Melissa Grey. THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT brings readers a fantasy world right under our noses, a centuries-old war between bird-people and dragon-people, and a clever little human girl caught in the middle. I absolutely loved the book and can't wait for the sequel!

I loved the characters. They're vibrant and complex, and I cared deeply about them all, even the villains. If you love character-driven stories, you will not be disappointed. The dynamics between Avicen and Drakharin characters are so heartfelt you'll find yourself tearing up at unexpected moments, so tense that you'll be cringing with the awkward dialogue, and so damn powerful that you'll feel their hope through the pages.

However, the plot is very strong, too! If you're a fan of adventurous fantasy plots, that is definitely going on. The world-building is also strong, despite its being similar to many other fantasy worlds YA readers have encountered. There are unique elements that make it stand out, such as the New York-based Avicen culture, and the natural doorways need to magically travel between locations.

Melissa Grey's debut novel is a heart-pounding fantasy adventure that you won't be able to put down. With tear-jerker moments, fantastic action, and steamy romance, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT is a force to be reckoned with.
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