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.
TW : Racism, Prejudice, Bullying
Amari and the Night Brothers follows Amari Peters, who’s brother mysteriously disappeared and she’s having tons of trouble with her school bullies.
Before we begin the review there are a lot of tw for bullying , bias , racism , prejudice in the book. Don’t get me wrong , Amari is amazing and I finished the book within the span of hours and still struggling to get my feelings in order , but be careful of the tw ❤️
I picked up amari and the night brothers because of the cover and the amazing synopsis. Who wouldn’t wanna read a magical school book with a 13 year old protagonist who’s set on finding her beloved brother?? And let me tell you , BB Alston doesn’t disappoint. The pacing was the best thing I personally loved. It’s been a long time since I read a book in one sitting and wow Amari doesn’t like being put down and taken breaks.
Amari Peters gets into this amazing magical school by lieu of her brother who is revealed to be in a crime fighting duo in the world filled with all sorts of mythical creatures who apparently also live among us.
The wonder and awe in Amari’s point of view while taking it all in gives us a great idea of the world building. Seeing a world building through a 13 year old’s eyes are always the best way to introduce magic. I’ll die of this hill.
The bond shared by amari and her brother , amari and her mom , while seeing kids her own age struggle in her neighbourhood , Amari is awesome – in a word. The sibling bond continued to bring tears to my eyes.
Amari is also an incredibly hard worker which reminded me more of Rin from Poppy war. Amari works so much for the success she deserves in a world that insists on putting her down.
Amari and the night brothers has a constant feeling of mystery and intrigue which I can guarantee you , you will not be able to put this book down once you start it.
I got the arc from the publisher & edelweiss and all opinions are my own.
Have you guys read Amari? What are your fave magical books?
Happy living ✨✨