I am always on board with a bit of book hype and it’s lovely to see Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston EVERYWHERE. Absolutely. Everywhere. YAY for a bit of book buzz. There is no doubt that Amari is going to be huge and it’s already in the works for a film and I can tell you I will be lining up to watch it.
Anyway, back to the book because the book was great. It was certainly one of the best middle grade books I’ve read this year and as soon as I finished it I went and pre-ordered an audible audiobook for my seven year old who I am sure will love Amari and her adventures.
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 . . .
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!
An amazing book blurb, right!?!? And I loved the cover design as soon as I saw it but after reading the book I loved it even more! To tell you why would be a spoiler – so I suggest you go and read the book for yourself.
Admittedly, I’m not the target audience, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I read it in just a few sittings. There was never a dull moment. NEVER. The book was littered and filled to the brim with fun little details and characters that made me want to read MORE. And the story had an important message for kids, it was a story that touched upon learning who you are and what you are capable of, as well as picking yourself up when people try to knock you down. It’s a book that is relevant, even if it had witchy neighbours and flying saucers with aliens all thrown in.
The writing was great, the pacing was spot on and I loved the shortish chapters that could easily make this an ideal bedtime read with little people. It was one great big adventure of a story and I loved the setting and imagination that B. B. Alston clearly has. I am purposefully staying away from mentioning the plot or some of my favourite characters and nuances of the world-building for fear of giving away spoilers, but I doubt any child reading it won’t be entirely caught up. I spotted a few of the twists and turns along the way but I still couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It was good. Very, very, VERY good.
Great blurb, fun cover and an amazing story within it’s pages – Amari and the Night Brothers was an all-round fantastic read.
I will be recommending it to anyone in need of a bit of adventure in their life for months and months to come. I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher, which was all arranged by the blog tour organiser – Thank you! Amari and The Night Brothers will be released on the 21st of January 2021.
Have you read it? Do you want to!?!?
Now the wait for book 2 begins!