It’s the first tour of the New Year and I’m pleased that it got to be for this book. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is the perfect Middle Grade Fantasy book for anyone that loves a good story. Let’s dive in to today’s post!
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 1/19/21
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
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!
I fell in love with Amari from the very first page. Her voice is a distinct one that is full of truth and hope. There isn’t a book that comes along all the time that gives you such a rich world and compelling characters. I found that the most interesting parts of the book were just the realness of it all mixed beautifully with the magic that surrounds Amari.
The Bureau that she finds herself in, the magic and world building is unique because it keeps a grip in reality to make it feel like it is possible. Supernatural anything is always fun to read, especially new takes on them, this novel is more wonderful for it.
I don’t want to give too much away but this is a story that all ages should read. It gives you perspective and the reality of today that I found to make all the trials she experiences mean just a bit more. Her passion to find her brother, to solve the mystery of what happened to him kept me reading.
There is no down that you’ll find yourself a fan of B.B. Alston’s work. This is a debut that is worth every bit of praise that it receives and I do hope to have the pleasure of reading more of his writing.
About the Author:
B. Alston lives in Lexington, SC. Amari and the Night Brothers is his debut middle grade novel. When not writing, he can be found eating too many sweets and exploring country roads to see where they lead.
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