Book Review: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

September 12th, 2021 by

Would you believe that our world is bursting with supernatural and mythical creatures in disguise? Your next-door neighbor might be a witch, or your classmate might be a weredragon — and the bridge between the human world and this hidden world is a secret agency called the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs.

In the fantasy adventure Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, life at the Bureau is just as enchanting as you might expect: talking elevators with their own personalities and attitude, True Sight drops for your eyes, and an initiation ceremony for trainees (involving Merlin’s Crystal Ball) — just to name a few of the fascinating delights. But despite the miraculous magic in every nook and cranny, you might be surprised to learn that for new human recruits, arriving at the Bureau with pre-existing magic is a major no-no! And unfortunately for Amari, she is one of the few people in the world to be identified as a magician. In other words, she’s in big trouble.

But it’s not Amari’s fault! For most of her life, she didn’t know anything about magic or the Bureau! She didn’t even know that her older brother, Quinton, had trained with the Bureau himself. But now that Quinton is missing, Amari is excited and relieved to learn the truth about his job as a Bureau agent — because she is determined to find Quinton and bring him home. To do that, Amari just has to ace her exams and earn her spot at the Bureau, get to the bottom of Quinton’s disappearance (although no one else has been able to do it, not even his mentors), and show the doubters that not all magicians are bad (even while an evil magician is terrorizing the world and threatening to destroy the Bureau). No big deal, right?

Fortunately, Amari is up to the challenge. Unfortunately, that’s because she has lots of experience being bullied and underestimated. As a scholarship student at a fancy private school, her classmates never let her forget that she lived in low-income housing projects. Now her fellow trainees and some of the leaders of the Bureau are also judging her unfairly. But Amari is determined to prove that she deserves a chance at the Bureau, just like everyone else. And luckily for us, she’s also going to have a very entertaining adventure while she’s at it!

You’ve probably guessed by now that I totally loved this book. I was immediately sucked in by Amari’s story, and I positively raced through the pages to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced adventures with fantastical elements and strong characters. Are you a fan of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson? In other words, are you a person who reads? Then you absolutely must check out Amari and the Night Brothers!

If I haven’t convinced you by now, then maybe the dramatic book trailer will work its magic (see what I did there?). Check out the video below:

And if you want to get started right away, you can listen to the beginning of the audiobook here:

Once you read this book, I guarantee that you will want to know what the future holds for Amari, her family, her classmates, the Bureau, and the whole supernatural world. Fortunately, a second book in the series (Amari and the Great Game) comes out in February 2022. I just wish I were a magician with the power of time travel so that I could jump forward a few months and read the sequel sooner!

Have you read Amari and the Night Brothers yet? Please leave a comment with your thoughts on the book! Or share what you would choose as your supernatural power, if you had the option!

— Karen

Someone recently asked Karen what she would choose as her ideal superpower, and she immediately thought about invisibility. Then she thought about mind reading. Then she thought about charmspeak (like Piper in the Heroes of Olympus books). In the end, Karen couldn’t choose, but the smart option would probably be something more physical — like mega strength — because in case you were wondering, Karen has no upper body strength.

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