Young Adult, Fantasy
Ebook/Print/Audio (368 pages, DELACORTE)
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.Author Site: website
Didn't live up to the hype even a little... (2 stars)
I should really know better by now. Just because a lot of people are raving about it before it releases doesn't mean it's going to be mind blowing. I definitely caved to FOMO on THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT and it totally bit me in the backside.
Everything about TGAM was great... at first. Great concept, great cover, great buzz. I definitely enjoyed the idea of a world where dragons and a bird-like race were enemies. The traveling from place to place via an in-between was also pretty cool. But what I quickly found was that this was one of those books where there is so much telling instead of showing that I couldn't connect with it. I felt utterly detached from the characters now matter how much I wanted to like them. Worse, it was completely predictable, even the title is a spoiler if you're good at picking up on such details.
While it had tremendous potential I just couldn't connect with it and wound up feeling like I had wasted way too much reading time on it considering how little I got out of it. I just can't recommend it.
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Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.