Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) by B.B. Alston – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  19 January 2021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing

Pages: 409

Blurb

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 magican 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.

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Review

Thank you to Hardie Grant Publishing  for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Amari’s brother is missing and since his job was so top secret, no-one can tell her family anything about it – the police don’t even believe he had a job. They’re sure he just got caught up in the wrong crowd. But Amari knows her brother better than that. When she receives a surprise nomination to train at the same place her brother was working, she knows this could be her chance to find out the truth. She wasn’t quite prepared for the fact her brother was working for the Bureau of SUPERNATURAL Affairs.  After always feeling like the odd one out at school, she hopes this traineeship will be different, but unfortunately as all the trainees have their supernatural abilities revealed and enhanced, Amari’s ability shows up as something illegal, that everyone is terrified of.  Once again, she’s the odd one out.

This book was absolutely incredible! Although it has been classified as middle grade, the writing was far from juvenile and the story was so much fun. Focusing on friendships, difficulties trying to fit in and good old adventure, this was one I didn’t want to put down. There were some brilliant and unexpected twists, plenty of magic and magical beings to keep me fully invested in the story.

I would highly recommend picking this one up if you’re looking for a super fun, magical read!

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