The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
(THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT)

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With minimal plot progress and a scattered, misty mythology, personal journeys and romances—heterosexual, homosexual, and interspecies—take precedence over worldbuilding. Echo and her fellow narrators accomplish little but anguish a lot, enduring action sequences with brief respite in tender (if melodramatic) moments.
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The much-anticipated sequel to the book Danielle Page, author of Dorothy Must Die, says is "inventive, gorgeous, and epic--Grey dazzles."

   Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.
   The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.
   Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she's already overcome.
   She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.
   Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature--or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what's left of her world to the ground?
   Welcome to the shadow hour.

Praise for the Girl at Midnight Series:

 
“A stunning debut. . . . Equal parts atmosphere and adventure, Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight is positively divine.” —Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic
 
“An action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Catnip for fans of Cassandra Clare.” —BookPage.com

“A must-read.” —Paste magazine
 
“You are going to love Echo.” —Bustle.com
 
“Sparks fly. . . . Will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters; and themes of family, power, loyalty, and romance.” —Booklist, Starred

“A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission to save the world, and some seriously spicy romance.” —SLJ

“Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of laughs.” —Nerdist.com

“Enthralling and pure magic, Grey’s debut is delightful!” —Romantic Times

“A page-turner—I was hooked from start to finish.” —Latina Magazine


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About Melissa Grey

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Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published July 12, 2016 by Delacorte Press. 432 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 30 2016

With minimal plot progress and a scattered, misty mythology, personal journeys and romances—heterosexual, homosexual, and interspecies—take precedence over worldbuilding. Echo and her fellow narrators accomplish little but anguish a lot, enduring action sequences with brief respite in tender (if melodramatic) moments.

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