What a great post to start 2021 with! I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy recently but this book has instantly got me hooked again! So I am beyond excited to be a part of the @The_WriteReads Blog Tour, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston and I can’t wait to share my review with everyone because I adored this book!
Thank you The_WriteReads Tours and B.B.Alston for a place on the blog tour and a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!
Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?
Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.
Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.
With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.
This is a truly magical, adventurous book that I completely loved from start to finish! It is so easy to read and there is just so much to love. The whole magical world is so creative and fun. I couldn’t wait to see and learn more about this life Amari would be joining. The writing style is amazing and the way everything is described in so much detail makes it easy to visualise. There wasn’t a dull moment when reading this book and I found it completely mesmerising and I even caught myself smiling and getting emotional nearly all the way through!
I LOVE Amari! She is the perfect protagonist and sends the perfect message to readers as she always stands up for herself and what she believes in. She’s lovable, smart, funny and a lot stronger than she thinks she is. She wants nothing more to find her brother who always looked out for her. Now he’s gone she feels alone. She’s constantly being bullied at her fancy scholarship school and her mum always being at work, she doesn’t really have anyone to turn to.
Now she’s at summer training camp at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, the place where her brother was last seen. She is quickly pushed into a world of special abilities and magic that she must learn and understand in order to save Quinton. But first, she needs to beat the other trainees to make Junior Agent and earn her keep at the Bureau!
All the characters are so enjoyable and unique. But Elsie quickly became one of my favourite characters. She’s an incredibly smart weredragon who is struggling to shift. Yes, into a dragon! I love how she is such a good friend to Amari. She always finds a way to help her however she can. The gadgets she invents are also so creative, I couldn’t wait to see what she would come up with next! This just shows how much creativity and imagination B.B. Alston has put into this book.
Overall, the whole book is great! I don’t think there is anything I could fault! It’s an extremely fun, fast-paced and very imaginative book that is perfect for children and adults! I never got bored and I was completely shocked at the end, I just didn’t see it coming. This is definitely going to be a great book for 2021!