THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT Blog Tour & Giveaway: 5 Places Melissa Grey Would Go with the Aid of Shadow Dust

Posted 05/21/2015 by alicemarvels in Author Guest Post
We’re pleased to welcome Melissa Grey to the blog on her The Girl at Midnight blog tour! We absolutely loved this book – if you haven’t read it yet, what it are you waiting for?

Today Melissa is sharing five incredibly cool places around the world she would visit with the aid of shadow dust. Scroll down to enter to win a copy of The Girl at Midnight!


The Girl at Midnight Blog Tour & Giveaway

Five Places Melissa Grey Would Go with the Aid of Shadow Dust

In The Girl at Midnight, Echo and her friends (and enemies) travel great distances in a matter of seconds with the help of a magical substance called shadow dust. The secret of making shadow dust is highly guarded and some say it’s created from harvesting the ashes of a phoenix. By smearing it on a door or sprinkling it onto the surface of any other acceptable gateway, one can access the in-between – the nebulous zone between all the heres and all the theres – and exit into the location of their choosing. Here’s a list of five of the places I’d visit if shadow dust existed anywhere but my imagination:


The Red Seabeach in Liaoning, China


Photo credit: Places to See in Your Lifetime

When I first saw a photo of this magnificently crimson marshland, I thought it had to be photoshopped. Located in Dawa County in Panjin, Lianoning, the Red Seabeach is the biggest wetland in the world. The scarlet color comes from the grass that lives in its highly alkaline soil.


Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan


Photo credit: All That is Interesting

This is an underground lake of such ethereal beauty, I may have written it into The Shadow Hour, book two of The Girl at Midnight


Temple of Athena Nike in Greece

Temple of Athena Nike

Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is one of those places that just oozes history. I’d love to walk among the ruins and touch the pillars and watch the moon rise over the Acropolis.


Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria


Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is the closest thing to a Disney castle that exists (and it served as inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World) so of course, I’d have to go see it.


Peterhof Palace in Russia

Peterhof Palace

Photo credit: Wikipedia

I tried to stick to just once castle/palace for this list, but I couldn’t. Peter the Great set out to create the Versailles of Russia and he and his descendants outdid themselves, quite literally to the point of their excessive wealth, embodied in this palace complex, inspiring a revolution.


About The Girl at Midnight:

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa GreyBeneath 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.

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About Melissa Grey:

Melissa Grey, author of THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHTMelissa Grey penned her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. As an undergrad at Yale, she learned how ride a horse and shoot a bow and arrow at the same time, but hasn’t had much use for that skill since graduating in 2008.

Her debut novel, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, is out now.

Find Melissa online: Website | GoodreadsFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram



Thanks to the fabulous folks at Random House Children’s Books, we have one copy of THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT to give away. (US entries only for this giveaway, please).

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    Those would all be gorgeous places to visit I agree!
    I have seen so many great reviews for this one, I can’t wait to read it!


    Wow, these are all awesome places that I would like to visit now. I’ve heard great things about this book and I’m very excited to read it.


    Wow! Those are some amazing places. That red beach at China is impressive. I have never seen anything like it. I have this one on my reading schedule soon and I am looking forward to it.


    I need to visit all of those places!

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