This is one of those books that I'd love to see turn into a movie, the vivid detail Melissa uses to describe her world and the people and species in this book is beautiful and intriguing and I'd love to just see that visually displayed. I know nothing can compare to the book, but even someone else's interpretation of what the Avicen and Drakharin people look like would be astonishing. This book drew me in from the prologue and kept my attention throughout the whole novel.
Echo is a human girl, a runaway and a thief, who meets the Ala a seer and an Avicen, a species that has both bird and human features, when she is really young. The Ala takes her home and introduces her to her Nest, years later the Ala needs her to go on a quest for this legendary item, a firebird said to be the one item that can stop the war between the Avicen and the Drakharin, dragon-like people. Echo is faced with adversary at every corner but it doesn't deter her from her mission. I think this book has a perfect blend of action and adventure in a wonderful new world, as well as romance and deception.
The Girl at Midnight is perhaps one of my new favorites of the year! Recommended for those who read Cassandra Clare's City of Bones or Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone.