The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1) by Melissa Grey


The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)
Title : The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)
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ISBN : 038574465X
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 357

Magic lives in our darkest corners.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.


The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1) Reviews


  • Emily May

    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 b 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 beings that have become like her family magical portals that open all over the world two breeds of creatures who are at war and a romance between a girl from one side and a guy from the other.Except this isn t unique I ve read it before in a wonderful book called Daughter of Smoke Bone The first half of this book is shockingly similar to DOSAB, but the writing is not as beautiful, the story isn t as compelling, and Echo is far too caught up in a flurry of hormones to realize there s an actual war going on.I m starting to wonder if you get to a point where you ve read so much YA fantasy that you can hardly ever find something original and interesting I m experiencing it a lot lately the same old recycled plots popping up again and again I m sure this book will be fine to fans of romance heavy fantasy who haven t already read Daughter of Smoke Bone but if you re going to only read one, then DOSAB gets my recommendation every time.Despite the blurb s comparisons with Shadow and Bone, this is actually urban fantasy set in an alternate version of our world as DOSAB was The Drakharin and Avicen are at war with one another and the key to winning the war is the mysterious firebird Needless to say, both sides want to find it Enter Echo a snarky heroine who goes zipping about through the magic portals, determined to find the firebird for the Avicen She spends a lot of time waxing poetic about boys along the way That s BOYS, plural cough love triangle cough When he pulled away, Echo felt as though he were taking little bits of her heart with him And she also has a completely unnecessary rivalry with a bitchy girl who has a crush on Rowan and gets partnered with him for training Echo turned back, meeting Ruby s steady gaze Her eyes were the sickly pale blue of a vulture s Echo hated them She hated her stupid eyes and her stupid black feathers and her stupid milk white skin She hated everything about her There were some good things about this book, hence the 2.5 star rating and I almost convinced myself to round up For one thing, some of the dialogue is genuinely funny, especially when Echo is whipping out her snark in dire situations instead of looking into either Rowan s or Caius eyes For another thing, the author occasionally writes some wonderfully atmospheric descriptions.I especially liked the way she painted a picture of the exciting to me places visited in the novel This is Kyoto Temples sat beside glass skyscrapers, while certain streets, like the one she currently stood on in the Pontocho district, were so well preserved that they were like portals back in time A hundred years had passed, and still the teahouse to which the map had pointed stood, exactly where Echo had expected it to be And the author s descriptions of eclairs, whoopie pies and coconut macaroons were delicious to the point of being evil I got progressively hungry as I read on I should also mention that I liked the inclusion of gay characters and I m glad that sexual diversity seems to be making its way into mainstream YA.However, these things alone were not enough to make this a book I want to pick up the sequel for The first half was significantly dulled by my inevitable comparisons to a better book, and by the time it picked up in the second half, I wasn t fully invested in the characters and all the romancing going on But, whether you read this or not, everyone deserves this gif

  • Lola  Reviewer

    The first half of this book reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the other half of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments.Needless to say, it was impossible for me to end this read and stare at my digital copy with no hearts in my eyes It was so beautifully crafted that I gawped when seeing a sentence revealing that this was in fact Melissa Grey s debut novel Colour me impressed.With gorgeously detailed sensory detail and outstanding figures of speech, the writing made me want to The first half of this book reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the other half of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments.Needless to say, it was impossible for me to end this read and stare at my digital copy with no hearts in my eyes It was so beautifully crafted that I gawped when seeing a sentence revealing that this was in fact Melissa Grey s debut novel Colour me impressed.With gorgeously detailed sensory detail and outstanding figures of speech, the writing made me want to crawl inside the story and take the main character Echo s place in order to find the firebird that would bring peace between the Avicen and the Drakhain with as much intrepidity as she showed I don t usually feel this way about books neither do I normally desire to, with no regrets, push a main character from a cliff but the world building that was contained inside The Girl at Midnight shimmered with quality It will give you as impression that what you are reading matters, that it is worth your time.Further, those weren t the only elements that make this story a memorable one to me That s right it had a structured without giving you as feeling that you can determine the next scene plot and the kind that includes adventure, a quest, encounters with new characters, romance, betrayal, bravery and a remarkable amount of hopefulness It drove me from my normal life straight to a mystical and exciting one I can see this series becoming a success very clearly And maybe even a movie At least, I hope so, because I ve never met cinematographic or book characters with the appearance of Avicen people and would love to see how they would look like on the big screen.I remember staring at the cover of this book repeatedly day after day since I first discovered it I kept thinking, This has to be good And, as you may suspect if you have read my thoughts written above, it absolutely was for me More than that it was fantastic However, my self wanting to kill the heroine does mean that this read was not a flawless one Indeed, Echo s personality and behaviour, especially before the quest was given, was comparable to a kid s one due to her bluntness, recklessness and lack of judgement in certain situations She was also the only character that used a strongly colloquial language It just didn t feel right for the story Every time Echo started speaking, I was constantly sulking at how it disintegrated inch by inch the seriousness and deepness of the fantasy genre that constituted the story Good thing that both of those things were always restored by the magnificent secondary characters Otherwise, I would have been very annoyed.Technically, there was a slight love triangle, but I did not mind it You will see that the second, if that is how I shall call it, couple come to know one another in such a gradual and believable way that you will too forget the boy Echo left behind soon enough wink wink The relationships were actually well done and I am referring to both romantic and friendly ones And you know the best part There was a gay couple in this story Hats off to the author for having convinced me of their affection toward one another I did feel like they did not have enough scenes together though But neither did Alec Magnus in City of Bones and look at how it all evolved.I wish everyone would give this first in a formidable new series book a chance

  • Steph Sinclair

    Actual rating Strong 3.5 starsListen 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 Actual rating Strong 3.5 starsListen 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 book boyfriend Yes or yes Who doesn t enjoy a troubled, brooding, howt dragon humanoid type guy Amirite Even though The Girl at Midnight isn t exactly centered on the love life of Echo, she does have moments where there s noticeable romantic tension with Caius, the Drakharin prince Honestly, I ship it like Fedex.3 Do you enjoy vivid descriptions in your novels Yes or yes One of the best parts of The Girl at Midnight is the writing Grey takes her characters to various parts of the real world and the fantasy world, allowing plenty of opportunities for her to show you her way with words From artifacts, food and architecture, I always felt like I could easily picture the scenes.4 Do you enjoy stories with great friendships Yes or yes I was surprised that The Girl at Midnight took care to include other relationships that were not romantic In a lot of YA there is special emphasis placed on the love interest, and I m cool with that But it s always really great to see the same about of attention applied to friendships, specifically between two female characters The friendship between Echo and Ivy is prominent from the start and remains a big part of Echo s story until the end Not only is Echo mostly concerned for her friend instead of a potential love interest, but she and Ivy have conversations that don t always revolve around boys at all In fact, I would guess that majority of the time they are talking about something entirely different This was one of my favorite aspects.5 Are you a fan of Daughter of Smoke and Bone Yes or yes The rumors are true The Girl at Midnight does feel a lot like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, especially in the beginning They both feature an orphan, human girl, living amongst fantasy creatures They both struggle to be accepted by the characters in the fantasy world And they both have a connection to someone on the enemy s side that they don t understand at first However, somewhere along the way, The Girl at Midnight stood a part from Daughter of Smoke and Bone thanks to the romance not being in the forefront and a well timed plot twist I ll admit thinking it would go in the same direction that DoSaB did, but was pleasantly surprised by the end when I was wrong They didn t personally distract me from the story, but I can see it being an issue for other readers The good news is, considering the ending, I doubt we ll continue seeing those similarities in book 2 anyway.But if you enjoy stories that keep you guessing, involve traveling to different cultures, ancient wars and the like, you ll probably not mind the similarities I know this is also compared to The Mortal Instruments, but I honestly do not see the parallels at all.6 Do you like series that don t end in a cliffhanger for each book Yes or yes Thankfully, this book does not end in a cliffhanger There will be 3 books total, but I feel like I ll be okay waiting for book 2 since things were wrapped up nicely But I will not turn down an ARC ahem I am shameless More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery

  • Melissa

    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.

  • Sasha Alsberg

    I m totally adding this book into one of my if you liked thisthen 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

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Ok, yes, this is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone or The Mortal Instruments, but I still really enjoyed it Most YA books kind of blend together now anyways and this was different enough that it never lost my interest.Echo is a seventeen year old thief who lives alone in the New York Public Library and was taken in at a young age by these bird type Avicen people The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin dragon ish people and there s a legend about a mythical firebird that could bring abou Ok, yes, this is similar to Daughter of Smoke and Bone or The Mortal Instruments, but I still really enjoyed it Most YA books kind of blend together now anyways and this was different enough that it never lost my interest.Echo is a seventeen year old thief who lives alone in the New York Public Library and was taken in at a young age by these bird type Avicen people The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin dragon ish people and there s a legend about a mythical firebird that could bring about the end of the war There s a complicated web of drama and allegiances going on within the Avicen, so Echo wants to find the firebird so she can finally be accepted by them I m making this all sound way dull than it really was I should stop writing reviews when I m tired IT S A REALLY GOOD fast paced story I promise The story s told through the split POVs of Echo, Caius the Drakharin Dragon Prince, and Dorian the guard who s in love with the prince , which worked super well Caius is overthrown by his sister while he s trying to find the firebird for his own reasons and eventually ends up helping Echo when he takes her as a prisoner The worldbuilding was fine in that there was enough for the story to make sense, but there could have been so much done with all of the cool elements This book had SO much potential and I kept feeling like the writing just wasn t letting it be everything that it could be I had a really flimsy sense of everything even the romance But the story that s there is still really fun I loved all of the Lord of the Rings references, the Scottish setting of Wyvern s Keep, and how sarcastic Echo could be She was a great main character I m hoping Ivy gets of a character in the sequel because again the story just barely touched on that relationship yet I still liked what was there And as far as the ending goes, view spoiler I didn t think it was EXACTLY like Daughter of Smoke and Bone because it seemed like Echo and Rose were still two different people they were just both vessels But maybe I got that wrong hide spoiler.And the relationship between Caius and Dorian reminded me a lot of Jace Alec, which was totally solidified when they met up with an Avicen who is COMPLETELY Magnus Bane Like to a ridiculous extent But I didn t really care because I like Magnus Alec So if you like The Mortal Instruments, dragon princes, or Daughter of Smoke and Bone and don t mind stories that are similar, then you d probably love this Warning don t read the description for the second book unless you want the first book to be majorly spoiled

  • 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 m 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 mean it was only a prologue so I don t know what s so interesting about it but I just really liked it I think it was the excitement Now the important question did it live up to my expectations Ummm.well it started off really good but then in the middle it was a little boring but then at the end, it got really good It was close to becoming one of my favourites but isn t because the middle was little tedious There were a couple things that also made me give it 4 stars, not 5 But overall it was a great book and I would definitely recommend it to EVERYONE To sum it up its about two races the Drakharin dragon people and the Avicen bird people These two races are at war and now it s up Echo to try to find the firebird so there can be peace between the Avicen and the Drakharin Sorry, that was a terrible summary but honestly, I don t think you need to know a lot of detail about the book and when I review books I don t repeat what the description says and don t say stuff that you should just find out by reading I never properly read a blurb I just jump into a book and see what happens To be it was pretty unique and I haven t read anything like it but then again I ve only read 70 books so I don t have a lot to compare to Still, to me, it was different I haven t read a book about bird and dragon people before Although little things that happened reminded me of other books I think the idea and concept was original I have to admit I lost interest in the middle but then at the end I was really into it Now to the characters Echo Echo was fortunately not an annoying protagonist I didn t mind her that much but she was not my favourite heroine There s nothing wrong with her but she s just not lovable The only issue I had with her was that throughout the book she was labeled as a thief and it said she was a good pickpocketing I mean yeah she did sneak into museums and other places and steal stuff but other than that that s all we read about her stealing Okay, so she is a thief but what about her picking someone s pocket without them knowing It s all talk and it doesn t show us Like if she s such an amazing thief and can steal anything why aren t we shown that Also, the only reason she can even get stuff from museums which have a lot of protection is because she uses magic I would ve liked it if I actually got to see her skills in action Caius Caius started of as such a nice guy Okay so maybe he didn t but when he met Echo he was not so bad Even though he was Drakharin he was a one and wanted peace, not war He was pretty likable right until a scene that made me mad at him and I didn t like him any but then I got over what he did and liked him again I m probably the only person that didn t like him because of this view spoiler He practically sold Dorian who was so loyal to him He abused the fact that Dorian would do what he says What type of friend is he hide spoiler Eventually I got over it and liked him again JasperI just didn t like Jasper First of all, he was a little weird I did not like the way he acted and how rude he was That s all I have to say about him Ivy Her role wasn t that big but the only thing I have to say about her was I shipped her with Dorian but things never go my way Dorian I have nothing to say about him He wasn t a character I was attached to Now that I think about it I was not attached to any character in this book which is quite disappointing They weren t that likable This book is quite a good book and although I had a few slight problems that stopped me from giving it five stars More people need to read this book I sadly won t be able to read the second book anytime soon which sucks because I know I wont like it as much Hopefully that doesn t happen

  • Kiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Basically, what this book boils down to is mathematics I hate maths, but that s not the point I didn t hate this book at all This book was fine But I can t write a wall of text for it because honestly, it all comes down to basic addition and division, and remember vectors Dude, I had no idea what they were talking about with vectors To this day I couldn t tell you what they are, except that they re also the things that Lucy from Elfen Lied used to fuck shit up in small town Japan.So here s Basically, what this book boils down to is mathematics I hate maths, but that s not the point I didn t hate this book at all This book was fine But I can t write a wall of text for it because honestly, it all comes down to basic addition and division, and remember vectors Dude, I had no idea what they were talking about with vectors To this day I couldn t tell you what they are, except that they re also the things that Lucy from Elfen Lied used to fuck shit up in small town Japan.So here s the point I m trying to make PART ONE ARITHMETIC USE THIS SPACE FOR YOUR WORKINGEcho blue hair Prague Karou Caius angel wings murdering his lover s family Akiva The Girl at Midnight s love story involving the soul of the hero s former murdered lover transferred to a human version of that lover an immortal hero both lovers being on opposing sides of an ongoing war between two species Daughter of Smoke and Bone s central Karou Akiva conflict themes of hope and war Therefore, Rose MadrigalExploration of themes of hope and war in The Girl at Midnight exploration of themes of hope and war in Daughter of Smoke and BoneThe extent to which Caius behaves like a 250 year old man and not a 19 year old hipster 0The Avicen high animal features The chimera The Drakharin angel wings The seraphimThe Agora Diagon Alley wandsFurther Ivy shortness artiness Mik ZuzannaJasper Magnus BaneDorian Alec LightwoodThe Ala high animal features teeth BrimstoneRowan dickishness KazimirThe Ala s hideout Brimstone s shopPART TWO MULTIPLE CHOICE1 Which popular YA book does The Girl at Midnight almost exactly resemble City of Bones, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, or Shadow and Bone Pick one answer.a All of the above2 If Altair is a jaded war hero, dressed all in white, and a military commander on the side of the heroine s adoptive family, yet with questionable morals, who does he most resemble Pick one answer.a Thiago3 Is this book original Pick one answer.a No PART THREE PROBLEM SOLVING1 Is the writing in this book smooth and readable Does it lend itself to a magical quest to gather typical objects like a knife, a locket, and a box Answer Yeah 2 Are the significant romantic relationships in this book, i.e Echo Caius and Jasper Dorian, in any way interesting Do the couples have chemistry Did you enjoy their interactions Did you give a shit Answer Nope 3 Is Caius bland and immature for a 250 year old Answer He sure is 4 Is Jasper a sexually aggressive creep Answer Totally 5 Is this book an enjoyable read overall Answer It was okay 6 Did the derivative nature of this book in any way impede your enjoyment of it Answer Hell yeah, it did PART FOUR THE FIREBIRD1 On a scale of one to ten, how obsessed would you say YA currently is with the mythology of the Firebird Answer It s fucking out of control, man Final Grade D

  • Alyssa

    Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Girl At Midnight by Melissa GreyBook One of The Girl At Midnight seriesPublisher Delacorte PressPublication Date April 28, 2015Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary 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 Review posted on The Eater of Books blog The Girl At Midnight by Melissa GreyBook One of The Girl At Midnight seriesPublisher Delacorte PressPublication Date April 28, 2015Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleySummary 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 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.What I Liked This book was BEAUTIFUL Inside and out I loved the feel of this story, the amazing world building, the likable characters, the story itself So many things worked in this book So many things worked for me, and I really, really enjoyed this one.Echo is human, but she lives with the Avicen, creatures with feathers for hair, basically humans with bird like qualities They can do magic easily, whereas it takes a lot out of Echo to do magic she s human Echo is a thief, and she enjoys thieving One day, Echo is sent to steal something that will help lead to the Firebird, a mythical thing that contains great power, and could lead to the end of the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin dragon like creatures that appear to look like humans they can t fly, but they are skilled warriors and magic wielders She succeeds in obtaining the object, only to be thrown into the path of a powerful Drakharin who is unwelcome in Drakharin lands Echo, Caius the Drakharin , Dorian Caius s loyal guard , Ivy Echo s best friend , and Jasper a guy who owes Echo a favor must find the Firebird before the Drakharin or the Avicen find it first.For the most part, I liked Echo She s snarky and a bit sarcastic, and turns everything into a joke I like her humor I m not like that, but I could definitely be around her in small or large doses, and enjoy her company Echo is hilarious, but she s also dedicated and pretty clever.Caius is extremely intelligent, astute, hardworking, selfless, loyal, fierce and sweet He s the Dragon Prince, recently usurped by his twin sister, Tanith She s cruel and heartless, and doesn t want the war to end Caius wants the war to end When Tanith takes his seat of power from under him, he fleees, and works with Echo to find the Firebird An unlikely team of two Avicen, two Drakharin, and a human Caius is my favorite character of the book, because of his strength of character and personality He is hundreds of years old, but unlike some people cough Edward Cullen cough , Caius possesses a timeless quality, maturity and intelligence that I respected and liked a lot.The secondary characters were a joy to follow Seriously, the secondary characters add additional humor to the book Jasper is always teasing Dorian, making him blush or look away gruffly Dorian is very conflicted about a lot of things, including how he treated Ivy, who was a prisoner of the Drakharin, under Tanith s orders Ivy is a sweet character, a healer in training, which coming in handy several times throughout the book.The story definitely has a Daughter of Smoke and Bone vibe to it I ve seen some people complain about this, and others praise it I personally think it s great the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is so distinctive, and I don t think anything could come close to it, in terms of story and style This book has the same feel to it, which I think is a very good thing.The world building is wonderful This book is fantasy set in the modern world There are bird people There are dragons who can no longer fly There is a war that has been going on for centuries There is a mythical thing that could end it all I was thinking the one ring to rule them all , and Echo took the words out of my mouth at one point Maybe we re similar than I previously thought Bits and pieces aren t super original, but put together, the entire story is really imaginative and fun and exhilarating I loved the story there are many layers to it, with many characters and many subplots But not so many that you get lost, or certain subplots get underdeveloped The story is told in third person, usually from Echo s point of view, but also at times from Caius s, Ivy s, Dorian s, and I think Jasper s too though I m not certain I like third person, so I didn t mind so many points of view at all It wasn t overwhelming, because most of the time, it was limited to Echo, anyway.There IS romance in this book I actually wasn t expecting that, so I was pleasantly surprised Not sure why I wasn t expecting romance I ve seen some people complain about a love triangle Personally, I don t see one There is one guy, and one girl, and one guy who is sort of there but has no chance Echo never wavers, in terms of who she feels for, in her soul and heart One is like, a long time infatuation The other is a mature, deep desire and emotion and affection If that makes sense There s also a twisted part to the romance, which I m wary of, but it doesn t necessarily have to do with the pair that I want to end up together IT S COMPLICATED, OKAY But no love triangle Also, no insta love I LOVE the romance The banter and chemistry is slow burn and lovely.There is a ton of action in this book, and it doesn t stop until the very end, when the whole story is over So much fighting and killing and escaping and swords and maps and fun things like that The ending is satisfying, and not quite a cliffhanger, but it will leave you wanting Especially in terms of the romance not in a bad way Good thing there are two books to follow What I Did Not Like There is something about the romance that is bothering me a bit, and it s bothering Echo too and the love interest, though I must say he is MUCH than a love interest I can t say what it is without giving things away, but I really want to be sure of Echo and the guy I want to know 100% that it s the two of them, in a budding relationship, with no past, present, or future weighing them down It s kind of complicated, but if you read this book, you ll know what I mean It s nothing terrible or bad, per say, but it s something that s in the back of mind, tickling my subconsciousness.In any case, The Thing is why this book is getting 4 stars, versus 5 stars Not the worst Thing in the world, but I d prefer otherwise Of course, I m not writing the book, so I have no say in Things, but it s a preference, you know Would I Recommend It I would sooooo recommend this book, so much Fantasy fans, fantasy non fans, basically anyone, give this book a chance It s got a gorgeous cover, so, if anything, at least your bookshelf will look great But in all seriousness, this book is awesome I don t think you d regret reading this book, even if you absolutely hated it which you won t, hopefully It s worth the read, and even if this book gets super popular and over hyped, I d still recommend it Rating 4.5 stars rounded down to 4 stars It will still probably be a year end favorite, because it was so good Like, reread worthy good I can t wait to read the sequel