Thank you so much to Dave, the author B. B. Alston, and the publisher for this e-ARC and for including me in this blog tour. All opinions are my own
Title: Amari and the Night Brothers
Series: Supernatural Investigations #1
Author: B. B. Alston
Expected publication: January 21st 2021
by Egmont Books
Genre/Age Range: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Source: Blog Tour
An epic middle grade supernatural adventure series, soon to be a major movie starring Marsai Martin. Perfect for readers aged 8+ and fans of Percy Jackson, Nevermoor and Men in Black!
Amari Peters knows three things.
Her big brother Quinton has gone missing.
No one will talk about it.
His mysterious job holds the secret . . .
So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.
Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives, and when each trainee is awarded a special supernatural talent, Amari is given an illegal talent – one that the Bureau views as dangerous.
With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the 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 was so magical! I loved every second of it and Amari and Ellie are awesome. I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for them next.
If you are looking for a whimsical, magical and adventurous middle grade then look no further. Amari and the Night Brothers has everything you could wish for:
- lovable characters that face their struggles head-on
- a whimsical world to explore
- an intriguing mystery/adventure
Amari has had it with how they treat her in school. Ever since her brother disappeared she has been devoting all her energy and time to look for him. So no wonder that she finally retaliates against her bullies.
Amari never felt she fit in in this posh school, she can only afford because she received a scholarship and the other students made it clear that they think she doesn’t belong either.
But the day improves when she receives a very mysterious and weird package from her missing brother. And here the magic starts. What makes this book so enjoyable and immersive is the writing style. You truly are with Amari and experience everything alongside her. B. B. Alston paints the magic in the air with his words. I could really see everything. The glittering trains, the illusions, the creatures!
This book is full of possibilities and adventure. I loved getting to know the Bureau of Supernatural affairs with Amari and all the little tidbits of what each department does. So imaginative! It created this lovely whimsical feeling that is what so many love about middle-grade books.
Some of my favourite scenes were when Amari talked with Jayden who she knew through Quinton’s tutoring program. Their interactions really touched me.
Amari has struggled so much already and it has made her really compassionate, she knows what it feels like to be disliked for something you can’t change and she is determined to not let anyone else feel that way. Which immediately gets her a new friend, Ellie.
Another absolutely lovable character. Both Amari and Ellie are courageous in their own way and they work very well together. The support is amazing to see and I’m quite curious to see what they are up to next.
A lot of people are against Amari even being in the Bureau but she also has people helping her and rooting for her. I really loved seeing that.
Amari and the Night Brothers is a fantastic read. Adventurous, with lovable, courageous characters, fast-paced with wonderful and detailed worldbuilding that has the potential to house so many more adventures and mysteries!
I can only recommend it!