The Shadow Hour review

This has been a wonderful year of sequels.


One of those sequels I loved was to The Girl at Midnight. Let’s take a look at Melissa Grey’s The Shadow Hour.



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.

Tawney’s Review: At the end of the The Girl at Midnight we found out that Echo was the vessel for the firebird, a being that is suppose to bring peace. But that’s far from what happens. The Avicen Nest is attacked by an unknown darkness that has infected them, with the Ala among them.


Echo makes it her mission to find the source and help the Avicen. This book had a lot of action and the pace picks up quickly. Melissa does a wonderful job at description and painting the picture of Echo’s world. Her writing was smooth and I turned each chapter with….


It is also a multi-person narrative which sometimes can be confusing in books but Melissa does a great job at keeping the reader well informed. It was fun reading Caius, Ivy, Jasper, or Dorian point of views. They each have their part to play in the book. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the love triangles. Yes 2 love triangles. But I never like love triangles so I didn’t hold that against the book. I can’t wait for the third book! I need to know what happens with Echo and the gang.


Should you read it? Yes! This was a wonderful sequel with humor, action and fantastic characters.



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 whe

re she currently works as a freelance journalist. The Shadow Hour is her second novel, and the sequel to her first, The Girl at Midnight.

Follow her on TwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and Instagram. She also occasionally posts book-inspired nail art at Novel Nails.


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