The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Title: The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey

Series: Yes.

Format: eARC

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Age Range: 16+

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Description on Goodreads:

For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’sShadow 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.

Review:

I really enjoyed this. Echo was someone I really wanted to know. 😀 The pacing was quick, but I felt I could safely put the book down and come back to it, in a good way. I rarely have those kinds of books. The kind you can feel safe just setting down for a few days, and then just jump right back in! 😀

The style was very unique. I didn’t feel the City of Bones feel, then again I have never read it… but I did get a Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s and Shadow and Bone feel. Those two I had the same previous feeling with. I LOVE that feeling. That wonderful feeling. Sometimes taking a while to finish a book is a great thing! 😀

The world building is something that was very strong. I found myself thinking about so much of the scenery for days. Miss Grey really knows how to paint a picture.

And how to build a great set of characters.

I don’t want to get too much into detail, but there is one thing I am happy about. Something that makes me soooooo happy. NO LOVE TRIANGLE. Yes, there is romance though. A GREAT ONE! 😀

I am definitely grabbing a copy of this physically, as it has entered my heart as a possible favorite series. ❤

My Rating: 4.8/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who loves fantasy, and a great journey.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20345202-the-girl-at-midnight

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Sectional Saturdays #1 [3/14/2015]

So, I on a whim I decided to make this a thing.

Sectional Saturdays are going to be a blog post about random things. They might have books. But it’s going to be more, personal posts. Like, about life and the like. How I am feeling. Thoughts I have been having. Ideas. Basically a place I can just jot down things.

I have high hopes for this.

I mean, it can fail horribly and I could just look stupid but uh.

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So! Introverted me is a little sad and happy today. The friend that was to come over couldn’t because she had to work over time cause they were swamped. Which, is okay. I understand. So we rescheduled for next Tuesday. While part of me is actually kind of sad it didn’t work out, the introvert in me is like:

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Don’t get me wrong! I really wanted too, but I have been so damn nervous. I sprayed Febreeze all over the house, carpet, and toliet.

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The house is saturated in fresh linen smell now. There isn’t a square inch of the apartment (outside of the kitchen, which oddly smells like bacon) that isn’t chokingly clean smelling.

We live in a slightly… non girly household. It looks more like a bachelor’s pad. Which is fine with me. The bedroom looks like a library. It’s perfect. Except for the lack of bookshelves. That’s the only downside.
We have gaming posters, wizards, roman soliders and my little pony everywhere. We also have a lot of Funko Pops. I flipping love Funko Pops. I recently got two new posters. One from the amazing Eric Smith; author of INKED and GEEK’S GUIDE TO DATING and another from a friend that is Harley Quinn! Both are going to be showcased in the back of my videos once I have thumbtacks.

Harley Quinn is another great love.

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I have loved her since her debut in 1993, same month as my birthday. She was a 5 year old’s dream. At first I thought she was just a crazy antithesis to my fear of clowns and jesters. Someone who wasn’t scared of anything. The first real DC comic character I loved.

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I will probably go more into my love of her later.

SO! In lieu of current circumstances, I decided to have some fun today, since my plans were cancelled and I cannot dye my hair /light/ purple anytime soon…

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I did this. I didn’t want to open my toner yet, since my roots are already showing, and I wanted a little flair to my hair. Yes, I love the blonde (as does most everyone else…), but I wanted to add a little me to my hair.

My big plans were to do my hair like this:

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But, due to the toner arriving a day after the latest date, it won’t be able to be like that or at least a month. I have been devistated. So, I decided to take another approach.

My thoughts on first glance

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I like it. I honestly do. It gives me an idea of what to expect next time. I love the contrast of the blue and purple hues of the Manic Panic Ultra Violet. I think I will have fun with this. Makes me want to try out many different hair styles!

Kind of reminds me of this guy:

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Since my Saturday is more free, and less me panicing over the fact that I have to try to be not… different.

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I think I will dabble in a little playing of Pokemon, or Persona Q. I know I need to check on my Nintendogs… It’s been a while. :S Maybe even another playthrough of Final Fantasy IX.

Does anyone else play these games?

I also have a thing for Rogue Legacy.

But… I probably should be playing Five Nights At Freddys.

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I own all three, but haven’t finished ANY of them. In terms of which one scares me the most, I will always (until the next possible one comes out) say 1.

My favorite animatronic is Bonnie Bunny.

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Something about him being a bunny, being purple, and reminding me of Frank from Donnie Darko. I think it’s kind of subliminally why I want purple hair. I also like Toy Bonnie.

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I also have a thing for another animatronic.

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Do you play FNAF? Do you take part in the fandom? I am actually kind of active in one part of it. (No, not that part.) 🙂

I blame this guy for my major love of the fandom/series:

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Anyways, I think I am going to go read The Girl at Midnight now. Since, I have the time and all.

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Please feel free to leave comments, I love to talk to peoples!… online.

You all have a wonderful weekend, and until next time; bye bye! 😀 ❤

Bloggingly yours,

Reisa

Monday Missions/Updates #1

So this is my very first ever MONDAY MISSION!

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So, I have been thrown back into a slumptastic slump from HELL. I haven’t read anything much other than a few chapters here and there since I have been sick!

Oh yeah. I was sick. Last month was a months from which scary stories are formed.

First, I was sick, dripping, and just plan awful feeling. Then my husband got sick, broke his toe and then his glasses.

wanted to read, but any time I would try too, I would drip/he would need my help/I couldn’t focus. It was torture!

So, renewed and healthy(ier), March hopefully will be promising.

My plans for this week are as follows:

Finish up Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Start/Read The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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Start/Read The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey <3<3

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And HOPEFULLY start one of these:

* Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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* Bomb by Sarah Mussi

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* My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

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All of these look amazing, and I am loving Rebel Belle… but I keep setting it down. It’s not bad, but the slump is pushing all will to read. I am debating on reading a Graphic Novel to break the tension.

What is on your TBR, what are you looking forward too reading? Leave a comment down below, and let’s talk!

On to the more personal stuff!

Hopefully by the end of the night, I will be a blonde and starting on my tour to being a pastel colored beauty! I am planning on making my hair kind of like this:

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Which do you think looks better?

Anyways,

Reisa over and out!

eBook haul, winter edition part 1

So, I am not going to go into great detail of each book since there is so fudging many… but I have a lot, so there is that.

So let’s get started!

So the first three are the first three in a series by Miss Gail Carriger!

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So we have Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies and Waistcoats & Weaponry!

Now originally I had already owned this as ARCs from NetGalley, but I have been following Ms. Carriger for a while on Twitter. She is a pretty swell lady. When I saw these on the Kindle Daily Deal, I had to grab them up to help support her!

Here is the synopsis for Book One:

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

This series sounds WILD. Like, dead on WILD. I already own Soulless by her as well, and plan on grabbing both of the series soon in physical editions. =]

Next on the plate is:

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Okay, so I had to have this. It was $2.99 for preorder, I even asked for it on edelweiss! (Which by the way, the day AFTER I bought it I was approved!…) It seems like a strange mix of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and some good ol’ Fantasy backdrop! Plus it’s from one of my favorite publishers, soooo… ❤

Next one was actually gifted to me by the absolutely wonderful author and friend of mine, it’s Inked by Eric Smith!

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Synopsis:

Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.

Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.

But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.

Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.

Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.

I cannot thank you again, Eric. Your book sounds and looks amazing! 😀 Tattoo’s are something I have a passion for and one day hope to achieve getting over my fear of needles to get, and magic?! 😀 😀 😀 Thank you again, Eric!

The next book is one that I have been debating for a while, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan!

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Synopsis:

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.

This book has been staring at me for MONTHS. I have been eyeballing it, but for some reason I have not grabbed it up. It wasn’t until recently that I saw it was on sale and just had to have it. It sounds like a stand up book, and a few friends seem to love it!

And continuing on with the Dragon train… !

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb!

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Synopsis:

Too much time has passed since the powerful dragon Tintaglia helped the people of the Trader cities stave off an invasion of their enemies. The Traders have forgotten their promises, weary of the labor and expense of tending earthbound dragons who were hatched weak and deformed by a river turned toxic. If neglected, the creatures will rampage–or die–so it is decreed that they must move farther upriver toward Kelsingra, the mythical homeland whose location is locked deep within the dragons’ uncertain ancestral memories.

Thymara, an unschooled forest girl, and Alise, wife of an unloving and wealthy Trader, are among the disparate group entrusted with escorting the dragons to their new home. And on an extraordinary odyssey with no promise of return, many lessons will be learned–as dragons and tenders alike experience hardships, betrayals . . . and joys beyond their wildest imaginings.

Okay. At first I was going to grab Assassin’s Apprentice, but I saw this and COULD NOT RESIST. I want THIS to be my first Robin Hobb. I love dragons, and this sounds SO FUDGING GOOD.

And now, even more dragon fiction!

Scorched by Mari Mancusi!

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Synopsis:

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” Don’t leave me here…”

It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it…

Connor
He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.

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He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.

Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon that won’t be tamed.

I have been DYING to get this. Just by the synopsis alone makes me want to drag my fangs in it haha. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations!

Now, for a shade of blood magic…

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

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Synopsis:

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

> blood magic

> getting good praise for more than a year

> lots of buzz words for me

> was a kindle daily deal

I’m in.

And now for a few of the eARCs I have recieved!

First one I almost DIED when I was approved at NetGalley! It is

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey!

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Synopsis:

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.

I saw this and just HAD to take the chance. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and I clicked request faster than the Roadrunner escapes Wiley Coyote! 😀 Thank you Random House!

And and now thank you’s go to the lovely people at Scholastic!

Mark of The Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen!

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Synopsis:

Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling Ascendance Trilogy, has woven an electrifying tale of greed and power, magic and destiny, and one boy’s courage at the heart of it all.

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods–magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

I looovveedd The False Prince. I had to request this, the woman is a genius!

And last, but not least, a big thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for:

My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

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Synopsis:

An Appalachian summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating in this debut novel about first loves, broken hearts, and moonshine.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, they turn to Mason, a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything?
My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason–but is it a love letter, an apology, or a good-bye?

This just seems like something I am going to DEVOUR. Moonshine?! Really?! I cannot wait!

Anyways, this will be it for now! I will (try to) post these hopefully weekly, since I have a huuuggeeee backlog. X_X

Is there anything here you have been dying to read? You have read? Your opinions on any of these? Leave them in the comments below and let’s talk books! ❤

Haulingly yours,

Reisa