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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 someth 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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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 someth 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.

30 review for Amari and the Night Brothers

  1. 4 out of 5

    B.B. Alston

    I hope you all like it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    THIS FREAKING BOOK! OH MY GOSH! Hands down it's going to be in the top books of 2021 for me and we're only in January. This is the type of book I wish I had growing up! Amari and the Night Brothers is a fantastical breathtakingly beautiful book. I wasn't sure what to expect going in. I knew that the book focused on a young girl by the name of Amari who was responsible for trying to find her missing brother. I knew that in her search she came across a magical world that fostered some sort of compe THIS FREAKING BOOK! OH MY GOSH! Hands down it's going to be in the top books of 2021 for me and we're only in January. This is the type of book I wish I had growing up! Amari and the Night Brothers is a fantastical breathtakingly beautiful book. I wasn't sure what to expect going in. I knew that the book focused on a young girl by the name of Amari who was responsible for trying to find her missing brother. I knew that in her search she came across a magical world that fostered some sort of competition. Don't get me wrong, I was excited because there appeared to be an emphasis on Black girl magic. What ended up following those thoughts was an unbelievable experience. This book is definitely more than a young girl looking for her brother. It's a book that places an emphasis on things such as friendship/companionship, perseverance, self-confidence, the Black experience, how fear is so easily related to hate. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a middle grade book that truly captures my attention and pulls me in for an unforgettable ride. Amari is who I wish I had as a fictional character when I was growing up. Sure, there were plenty of fantasy series, but none where the main character looked like me and experienced the same types of things I experienced at that age. Amari is truly unforgettable and an ode to the Black girl magic of resilience. Even with her back against the wall, she never gave up the fight in looking of her brother. When her peers told her she wasn’t good enough because she was different she took their words and used them as a way to become even stronger. She learned that every battle she faced wasn’t a battle that needed to be fought alone and sometimes friends are there to remind us of the strength and courage that we have when we least expect it. I admired her character is so many different ways and I can’t wait for my daughter to get older and read this series. Outside of the amazing character development, Alston created this AMAZING fantasy world with an ode to some myths and legends we’re familiar with. It’s complex in some ways, yet reminiscent of other fantasy books in other ways. Both the plot and the overall pacing of the book were fantastic. Every page was a joy to read and while I thought I had the entirety of the book figured out, Alston threw twist after twist at me that I didn’t see coming. It was a true testament to the way in which Alston was able to capture his reader’s attention and take them on a true adventure. This is going to be a middle grade series for the ages. Mark my words. I’m still finding it hard to believe that this is a debut book. While I’m sure people will reference HP because of feelings of nostalgia, this book doesn’t need it. It stands on its own and will make such a wide impact on its readers. I’m sad to have finished the book so quickly. I’m not sure how long I’ll have to wait until the next book, but I’ll be patiently and anxiously awaiting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Check out my spoiler-free interview with author B. B. Alston on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_oF5Ma0vRZs A truly imaginative and explosive start to what promises to be an exciting new middle grade series to watch out for! Amari has felt rather lost since the disappearance of her brother, but when she discovers a strange suitcase in his room, she has no idea how much bigger his disappearance - and the world around her - actually are. Enter the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, where Amari begins to trai Check out my spoiler-free interview with author B. B. Alston on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_oF5Ma0vRZs A truly imaginative and explosive start to what promises to be an exciting new middle grade series to watch out for! Amari has felt rather lost since the disappearance of her brother, but when she discovers a strange suitcase in his room, she has no idea how much bigger his disappearance - and the world around her - actually are. Enter the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, where Amari begins to train as a junior agent in a world where aliens, witches, dragons and way, way more exist. This book has all the makings of a beloved adventure, perfect for kids and adults who want a fresh dose of action in their life. I loved the opening up of this incredible new world that feels rather real, and there are so many possibilities with this world that I am extremely excited for what's to come. Amari is a hugely likeable protagonist who has faced oppression all her life, so she jumps at the opportunity to discover new things, but even more so to discover what happened to her brother. Amari ends up making some close friends whom I love, and other characters are rather complex too. There are some brilliant twists and turns by the end of the book, setting us up for a brilliant sequel to come. Plot-driven, action-packed, character-focused and just absolutely-brilliant.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    OwlCrate Jr's January 2021 Box : My Rep Code: MEL10 ❤️ ✨ (& my ASMR unboxing) ✨ this was so perfect.... review to come <3 Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch OwlCrate Jr's January 2021 Box : My Rep Code: MEL10 ❤️ ✨ (& my ASMR unboxing) ✨ this was so perfect.... review to come <3 Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch

  5. 4 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    *climbs to the very top of a mountain, inhales and screams*: I LOVE THIS BOOOOOOOK. Amari and the Night Brothers has the potential to be the next big series - yes, it is really that good. - Follows Amari, a young Black girl who gets swept into a hidden magical world when she receives a briefcase from her missing brother - and she gets nominated to be a trainee at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. - This book is just so much fun!!! I loved how imaginative and creative and visual this book was. Th *climbs to the very top of a mountain, inhales and screams*: I LOVE THIS BOOOOOOOK. Amari and the Night Brothers has the potential to be the next big series - yes, it is really that good. - Follows Amari, a young Black girl who gets swept into a hidden magical world when she receives a briefcase from her missing brother - and she gets nominated to be a trainee at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. - This book is just so much fun!!! I loved how imaginative and creative and visual this book was. This was the sort of book that ignites your imagination and love for reading - and I can absolutely seeing this book being the book that gets young people into reading. - The story was amazing, and I just could not stop reading? Each time I picked up this book, I genuinely looked forward to where the author would take us next. - The characters were wonderful - especially Amari. She was such a wonderful protagonist who isn't perfect but is absolutely trying to do the right thing when she gets caught in a sticky situation. - I just loved that this was a magical school but mixed with elements of Men in Black. I loved the references to other magical works and mythologies and has paranormal elements too. - I just. I just really loved this. I really need this to become a big thing so that it can be adapted into a film! It'd be perfect. Trigger/content warning: mild fantasy violence

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee Godding

    5/5 stars Every single year, like clockwork, a new middle-grade fantasy with magical themes is released, and immediately promoted to be “the new Harry Potter”. My response is always the same: a deep sigh and an exaggerated eyeroll to the offending publisher. This time however, was different. For the first time in my reviewing career, I’m going to call that comparison valid. Now, please hold on to your chairs, for not only am I going to say “If you liked Harry Potter, you will like Amari and the N 5/5 stars Every single year, like clockwork, a new middle-grade fantasy with magical themes is released, and immediately promoted to be “the new Harry Potter”. My response is always the same: a deep sigh and an exaggerated eyeroll to the offending publisher. This time however, was different. For the first time in my reviewing career, I’m going to call that comparison valid. Now, please hold on to your chairs, for not only am I going to say “If you liked Harry Potter, you will like Amari and the Night Brothers”, I’m going to take it one step further. I genuinely think this book is better… Full review to come soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    A magical, amazing start to a fantasy series. I could not get enough of Amari and her adventures! A hidden magical society dedicated to keeping the magical beings of the world hidden from us? Yes. Perfect for us fans of Nevermoor, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and more. Main character: ★★★★★ Magical world: ★★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★ Setup for series: perfect, I am hooked! Amari's older brother, Quinton Peters, has been missing for months. The police tell her and her mother that Quinton must have fallen i A magical, amazing start to a fantasy series. I could not get enough of Amari and her adventures! A hidden magical society dedicated to keeping the magical beings of the world hidden from us? Yes. Perfect for us fans of Nevermoor, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and more. Main character: ★★★★★ Magical world: ★★★★★ Plot/Pacing: ★★★★★ Setup for series: perfect, I am hooked! Amari's older brother, Quinton Peters, has been missing for months. The police tell her and her mother that Quinton must have fallen in with "the bad crowd" and wasn't employed in any legal capacity. The color of his skin seems to be their only justification for their "solve." But Amari knows that can't be right—Quinton won all of his scholarships, attended a prestigious leadership summer camp, and shows up to her mother's low income apartment complex with money and presents all the time. So when Quinton disappears, Amari vows to find out the truth. The real truth. A ticking briefcase in Quinton's closet changes the game. All the sudden, Amari is faced with an unbelievable fact: Quinton worked for a hidden magical society. Wait, what? With a note of recommendation from Quinton in Amari's pocket and some instructions for an interview, Amari shows up for the strangest thing in her life. Turns out Quinton pulled some strings to get Amari into the same "leadership camp" that he attended each summer. The camp that was actually a high-stakes magical training program. And Amari's been formally invited to tryout for her own place in the society. Now down the rabbit hole, Amari quickly realizes that she's not the only one who loved Quinton and is looking for him—the entire Bureau of Supernatural Affairs is looking. Quinton was their star agent and he disappeared with his partner in a deadly chase. If Amari can survive her summer tryouts and be selected by the Junior Agent training program, then she's one step closer to finding out the truth about what happened to her brother. But Quinton isn't the only Peters sibling with some standout talent. Just what, exactly, qualifies Amari to be trained in the magical arts? No one, especially not Amari, is ready for the answer. Y'ALL. This was such a great fantasy debut! I could not stop reading it—all of our favorite tropes were here, but given a fair few fresh twists. Magical schooling, deadly stakes, a mystery, secret coverups, magicians, magical beings, humor, and MORE. I can't describe all of the elements, but trust me, they're present. Separate from the immediate appeal of the magical setup was Amari herself. Amari was a fantastic character to follow. Her heart, her love for her brother, and her experiences as a young Black girl realizing that the obstacles facing her in the real world do not magically disappear once she's been whisked away really hit me in the feels. She's a strong protagonist and she's here on a mission. But will she learn how to blossom and grow along the way? Agh. I cannot wait to grow with Amari in later installments. She's here to rock the world. Blog | Instagram

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    I'm still reeling from this book. The twists, yall! Amari and the Night Brothers takes you on a journey from start to finish. She's such a relatable hero and this gives a twist on the chosen one trope in that she's the only one with her special powers but her peers aren't receptive. This book had great world building. Sometimes in MG fantasy authors feel like they have to tell you more than show you the world. And they feel like they have to overexplain to the audience because they are younger. I'm still reeling from this book. The twists, yall! Amari and the Night Brothers takes you on a journey from start to finish. She's such a relatable hero and this gives a twist on the chosen one trope in that she's the only one with her special powers but her peers aren't receptive. This book had great world building. Sometimes in MG fantasy authors feel like they have to tell you more than show you the world. And they feel like they have to overexplain to the audience because they are younger. This doesn't do that. The Bureau felt like a real place and readers feel like they're going through this camp and discovering these supernatural beings alongside Amari. While at this camp she's also dealing with being an outsider because she doesn't come from one of the rich legacy families and has different abilities. And I liked how this book never shied away from or tried to condemn her background and change her into someone else. I always look forward to friendships in MG fantasy and the friendships here were well written and fully realized. Amari and her roommate Elise bond over being outcasts and and work together to uncover the secrets behind Quinton's disappearance. See full review https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    This book is the epitome of why I still read middle grade as an adult. I couldn't put this down and in all honesty, I can't see any other middle grade surpassing this as my favourite middle grade of 2021. There isn't a single thing I didn't like about this book. I had no idea what the book was about before diving in, and really just picked it up because of the hype, but I'm so glad I went in blind. It was so much fun, so wholesome, and so incredibly empowering at the same time. The writing is al This book is the epitome of why I still read middle grade as an adult. I couldn't put this down and in all honesty, I can't see any other middle grade surpassing this as my favourite middle grade of 2021. There isn't a single thing I didn't like about this book. I had no idea what the book was about before diving in, and really just picked it up because of the hype, but I'm so glad I went in blind. It was so much fun, so wholesome, and so incredibly empowering at the same time. The writing is also fantastic - I had no idea this was BB Alston's debut because this reads like a seasoned author's work. Amari is easily one of my new favourite characters, not just in middle grade fiction, but in general. She's just so incredibly resilient, smart, and kind, and I was ready to fight anyone that dared hurt her in any way, shape, or form. On top of this, the friendship and sibling dynamics in this book were top notch. The pacing in this book is also standout for me - Alston is really good at keeping you interested with a fast-paced plot, while not overwhelming you with what's happening. Some of the twists towards the end definitely caught me by surprise, and I loved it. I have no doubt in my mind that this book and series will become one of the all time greats, in terms of middle grade. It's truly middle grade fantasy at its finest, and I think this is a book that a lot of young girls, especially Black girls, will be able to see themselves in, and that just makes my heart so happy. If it wasn't clear already, 10/10 would recommend this book, regardless of age.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com A magical world hidden from the everyday person. A world where ‘other beings’ live amongst us. A bureau designed to look after and protect both the humans and ‘others’. A Magician so powerful and evil he wants to take over. A young girl in search of her brother. This is ‘Amari and the Night Brothers’. Amari Peters is a young girl whose older brother Quinton went missing months ago. After an altercation at school with the popular girls which sees Amari exp Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com A magical world hidden from the everyday person. A world where ‘other beings’ live amongst us. A bureau designed to look after and protect both the humans and ‘others’. A Magician so powerful and evil he wants to take over. A young girl in search of her brother. This is ‘Amari and the Night Brothers’. Amari Peters is a young girl whose older brother Quinton went missing months ago. After an altercation at school with the popular girls which sees Amari expelled, she has to stay home alone whilst her mum works a shift at the hospital. A man delivers a package to Amari with the sender being Quinton Peters. With a large document warning her not to open it unless it is definitely addressed to her and a briefcase she can only open late at night, Amari wonders what is going on. That is until she puts on the glasses that were within the case and Quinton is there to show her a world she never knew existed. He also tells her that he was working for the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs before he disappeared and that all though he has gone missing he has nominated Amari for a place at the Summer School there. Amari isn’t bothered about working for the bureau, her only goal is to discover what happened to her brother and bring him home, but a cloud of mystery and classified information greet her. With the help of her new friend and roommate Elsie who is a Weredragon, Amari will stop at nothing to find her brother and his partner who also went missing at the same time, together they are known as VanQuish. Amari and the Night Brothers is like Men in Black for children. It is also the first in a series by a debut author and oh what a book it is! The story is a complete roller-coaster ride from the very beginning. It is exciting and adventurous. The world-building is magnificent. It is exceptionally imaginative and easy to visualise. I especially loved the talking elevators who each had a unique personality. As well as adventure the book is filled with sibling love and the desire to find Quinton is in Amari’s heart at all times. The characters are all truly amazing with our main character Amari being quite the girl. She is head smart, kind, stronger than she gives herself credit for, and she has a red hot determination within her. She is a trier and gives everything 100%. She pushes through times when she is scared and finds her inner courage. The plot is not just another middle-grade novel trying to ride on the coattails of Harry Potter, this book stands on its own two feet. I can see it being a big hit next year when it is released and if we have learned anything from the HP books, buy a first copy it just might be worth something in a few years, in fact, buy two, one to keep without opening and one to read as you definitely don’t want to miss this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    ↣ an early digital copy received via netgalley June 16, 2020: The cutest, prettiest, magical cover of this book has just been revealed and it's UMMM, PERFECTTTT. ↣ an early digital copy received via netgalley June 16, 2020: The cutest, prettiest, magical cover of this book has just been revealed and it's UMMM, PERFECTTTT.

  12. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    this asbolutely needs to be the next big thing in middle grade! ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism & racist microaggressions, hospita, comas, disappearance & presumed death of a brother (central theme), home invasion (off-page), bullying & cyberbullying, and poverty themes (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Amari (mc) Black. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram this asbolutely needs to be the next big thing in middle grade! ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism & racist microaggressions, hospita, comas, disappearance & presumed death of a brother (central theme), home invasion (off-page), bullying & cyberbullying, and poverty themes (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Amari (mc) Black. Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Noni

    Thoroughly enjoyable! Like a mix of HP, Nevermoor, and Men in Black.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Here comes a vid of me gushing over this wonderful edition of Amari: https://youtu.be/yvFy49AsPfU (available on Jan, 28th, 2021) Vid review of this tittle will be available February 3, 2021 on https://youtu.be/4yEKjLsXiTI Here comes a vid of me gushing over this wonderful edition of Amari: https://youtu.be/yvFy49AsPfU (available on Jan, 28th, 2021) Vid review of this tittle will be available February 3, 2021 on https://youtu.be/4yEKjLsXiTI

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Anderson

    A breathtakingly exciting and imaginative adventure, with a brilliant, relatable heroine and deft, positive messages about privilege and prejudice, courage and integrity. I loved it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    Life for 12 year old Amari Peters is difficult to say the least. She’s a Black girl being raised in low income housing by a single mom that works 60+ hours per week. She attends an elite school on scholarship, but that may all be down the toilet thanks to the bullies who have made her life a living hell following the mysterious disappearance of her older brother Quinton. Quinton was the school’s golden boy, but no one cares that he’s missing. The police have given up and everyone assumes that he Life for 12 year old Amari Peters is difficult to say the least. She’s a Black girl being raised in low income housing by a single mom that works 60+ hours per week. She attends an elite school on scholarship, but that may all be down the toilet thanks to the bullies who have made her life a living hell following the mysterious disappearance of her older brother Quinton. Quinton was the school’s golden boy, but no one cares that he’s missing. The police have given up and everyone assumes that he must have taken up illegal activity. Everything changes when Amari discovers a magical world that may finally have the answers surrounding Quinton’s disappearance. This is the story that I wish I grew up with. I loved the secret world of magic and the unique way that students are tapped in order to join the order. The world building is incredible. There’s different levels of magic and magical abilities as well as career paths based off of the type of magic a student harvests. Since Amari was completely ignorant to this world, you get to experience the magic and wonder alongside her which makes for a truly immersive experience. There is so much action and adventure along the way, which makes for one heck of a roller coaster ride. I loved loved Amari’s character. She’s independent, fierce, and unwilling to be swayed by those who would detract her from finding out the truth behind her brother’s disappearance. In addition to Amari, I loved her roommate Elsie, who is a weredragon. Elsie is the perfect complement to Amari’s personality; especially since Elsie is an outsider even in the magical world since not everyone is keen on potentially being eaten or burnt to a crisp. Overall, if you are looking for a magical and adventurous coming of age story that features some serious Black girl magic then definitely pick this one up! Thank you to HarperCollins for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This MG novel is incredibly well written and easy to read. Alston nailed Amari's voice and made her an incredibly funny, yet empathic character. He created a magical journey, one that I hope many young readers will embark on. Amari is a likeable protagonist. Most readers will find something of themselves in her, whether it be her curiosity, her strength, or her determination. She's the kind of protagonist I'd like my son or daughter (if I had any children) to root for. Amari is a fighter, indepen This MG novel is incredibly well written and easy to read. Alston nailed Amari's voice and made her an incredibly funny, yet empathic character. He created a magical journey, one that I hope many young readers will embark on. Amari is a likeable protagonist. Most readers will find something of themselves in her, whether it be her curiosity, her strength, or her determination. She's the kind of protagonist I'd like my son or daughter (if I had any children) to root for. Amari is a fighter, independent, and determined to prove herself. Elsie, her new best friend, quickly turned into my favourite character. Possibly because she's supposed to turn into a fire-breathing dragon but for now, she’s struggling with that part of being a weredragon. The plot is tight and not a word is wasted. And the magic is fun. So much fun and also bizarre in places. Alston shows off his incredible imagination on every page. The main themes are standing up for yourself (including prejudice) and camaraderie. I really enjoyed the friendships in this book. The story is filled with twists and surprises and all of them are beautifully foreshadowed. Personally, I did see the big twist coming, but that's hardly a fair comment from a seasoned fantasy reader like myself. Nonetheless, I enjoyed every minute of this brilliant romp. To summarise: This explosive start to a new middle grade fantasy series is absolutely action-packed and filled with a cast of brilliant characters. I highly recommend this gem to every MG fan.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wow! What a book! This was like a MG Men in Black mixed w/a school setting! Loved it! Amari’s older brother has been missing for 6 months. Amari is determined to find him. She even posts his picture on every missing person site imaginable. One night she discovers a mysterious ticking briefcase in her brothers closet-for her eyes only. He had nominated her for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Apparently there were things she didn’t know about her brother. Her eyes Wow! What a book! This was like a MG Men in Black mixed w/a school setting! Loved it! Amari’s older brother has been missing for 6 months. Amari is determined to find him. She even posts his picture on every missing person site imaginable. One night she discovers a mysterious ticking briefcase in her brothers closet-for her eyes only. He had nominated her for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Apparently there were things she didn’t know about her brother. Her eyes are opened to a whole other world. Where mermaids, yetis, witches, etc really do exist. It’s up to the bureau to hide the supernatural world from the “normal” world, among other things. Amari thinks this could be where she finally gets answers to what happened to her brother. Amari hoped things would be different here, but these legacy kids treat her just the same as the snobs from her old school-seeing her as a girl from the projects(they treat her as if this is a bad thing w/their stereotypes & ignorance)who doesn’t deserve a place w/them & nothing more. Then she has an illegal ability which makes matters worse-she becomes their enemy. On top of it all, the acts of an evil magician threaten the bureau & the world. This was amazing! I loved the bureau & how the author explained it all. It’s broken down into different departments-each more fascinating than the next-& each student picks which department they want to work for. They have to pass 3 tryouts to make it. Amari wants to be a junior agent-the most dangerous, & also what her brother was. She has an amazing roommate, Elsie, who is a genius weredragon lol- I loved her so much. She helps Amari try to figure out what happened to her brother & his partner-who went missing w/him. She also gets help from an unexpected source. This is full of magic, humor, suspense, mystery, strength, hope, family, friendship, adventure, & more. Strong messages on privilege, perseverance, fear invoked hate, judging, stereotyping, bullying, & so much more. I wanted to beat up all those kids parents! The way they treated Amari! Made me sick, & heartbroken for her. She’s a tough cookie, a lot stronger than she should of ever of had to be. Love Amari so much. The twists! Wow! I flew through this! All amazing. Even the history facts told how they “really happened” from supernatural sources lol Magic goodness combined w/honest real life issues. Full of heart & an amazing kick butt heroine. Highly recommend! Need book 2 NOW! Absolutely stunning cover by Godwin Akpan too! Gorgeous!💜

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tomes And Textiles

    Full review now up on TOMES AND TEXTILES. I told you about AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by @bb_alston last month when I had started reading this middle grade fantasy and today I wanted to post a quick review for you because I found out yesterday that AMARI IS NOW A BEST SELLER in addition to having already had film rights sold last year! 💙 This book was just full of wonderment. Amari Peters is Black girl who attends an elite private school on scholarship. Having issues with bullies at the school, h Full review now up on TOMES AND TEXTILES. I told you about AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by @bb_alston last month when I had started reading this middle grade fantasy and today I wanted to post a quick review for you because I found out yesterday that AMARI IS NOW A BEST SELLER in addition to having already had film rights sold last year! 💙 This book was just full of wonderment. Amari Peters is Black girl who attends an elite private school on scholarship. Having issues with bullies at the school, her future at that school is in danger. Amari's home life is different from her school life: she lives in low-income housing with her single mother who works overtime. Her beloved brother, Quinton, has gone missing and it seems like everyone has given up on finding him. When a magical briefcase found in her brother’s room exposes Amari to a secret magical world she never imagined existed, she enters into a magical school and a journey of self-discovery she never would have imagined. She finally has hope of finding her brother. 💙 The world-building is delightfully expansive and dare I say magical? I loved that you can have a magical career track, levels of ability, and that there were magical creatures, including a sort of dragon BFF? Many aspects made me think that they’d make fantastic rides and adventures at a theme park (when we can safely return). 💙 Amari is a fantastic lead character--you root for her from the start. She is strong and always wants to do the right thing. She’s new to the world and seeing it through her eyes, you can’t help but experience her marvel. BB Alston does an amazing job of capturing her wonder at the expanse of what was previously unknown to her. 💙 Without giving too much away, especially since we already know this is the first of a series, the end DOES set you up for a sequel. In fact, I want to see dozens of books in this universe. It’s the least Amari deserves. Buy my a k0-fi!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angus (Just Angus)

    WOW. This one blew me away. What an exciting and promising new series from a debut author. This is definitely a series to watch.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cortney

    Amari And The Night Brothers is a magical journey for modern times. A delightful and joyous experience about finding the courage to embrace your destiny and forge your own path regardless of the obstacles placed in your way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    rain

    Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for giving me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. trigger/content warnings: racism and racist microaggressions, bullying, disappearance and presumed death of a loved one, mild violence AAAHHH I ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It lived up to its magical premise and I'm really excited about what this series has to offer in the next book. • I love Amari as a protagonist. She's a fighter even though all the cards are always stacked against her. It Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for giving me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. trigger/content warnings: racism and racist microaggressions, bullying, disappearance and presumed death of a loved one, mild violence AAAHHH I ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It lived up to its magical premise and I'm really excited about what this series has to offer in the next book. • I love Amari as a protagonist. She's a fighter even though all the cards are always stacked against her. It really infuriated me when bullies kept picking on her because WHY WOULD YOU HURT MY PRECIOUS CHILD. She's just more talented than all of you. • B.B. Alston crafted a whimsical magic camp that features a lot of popular supernatural characters. I also liked reading about the challenges the trainees needed to go through in order to move on to another rank. The Junior Agent tasks were all cleverly-written and very entertaining to read. • I also love the precious sibling relationship between Amari and Quinton! Reading about how Amari is willing to do everything to find her brother warmed my heart. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Quinton because he really seems like a supportive brother and an overall amazing character. • This book surprised me in so many ways. I didn't expect some of the plot twists and the challenges Amari went through were really creative and imaginative. • Overall, this is a fun middle grade fantasy with a lot of heart. Definitely recommended!

  23. 4 out of 5

    inês ☾

    I’m blown away that this is a debut novel and so excited for this new series. This is a middle-grade book that focuses on a young girl named Amari who is trying to find her missing older brother and ends up finding that supernatural creatures and magic exist. I went into it not knowing anything about it and I’m glad because the book gripped from the first chapter. It was packed full of action and such a fun yet impactful and empowering adventure. Amari was an incredible main character to follow, I’m blown away that this is a debut novel and so excited for this new series. This is a middle-grade book that focuses on a young girl named Amari who is trying to find her missing older brother and ends up finding that supernatural creatures and magic exist. I went into it not knowing anything about it and I’m glad because the book gripped from the first chapter. It was packed full of action and such a fun yet impactful and empowering adventure. Amari was an incredible main character to follow, so brave, always so resilient. She faces so many disadvantages yet she never backs down and never loses hope. The entire cast of characters was awesome and I loved the friendships and relationships that developed. The plot and the mystery were interesting. It was well paced, and though I did figure some things out, there were still some twists that caught me by surprise. The worldbuilding and the magic school setting were great. Overall, it was a brilliant middle-grade read that I would highly recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TL

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.* Well written story that is well thought out and fun. Amari is a great heroine and I loved the idea of the world the author created.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    This was one of my most anticipated middlegrade releases of the year, and I loved it so incredibly much. I really took my time reading this because I was transported into the world, with the intricate world building and detailed writing. This story really jumped off the page, so much so that I feel like I've watched a movie, and it has everything I could ever want from middlegrade SFF. This was one of my most anticipated middlegrade releases of the year, and I loved it so incredibly much. I really took my time reading this because I was transported into the world, with the intricate world building and detailed writing. This story really jumped off the page, so much so that I feel like I've watched a movie, and it has everything I could ever want from middlegrade SFF.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Books and More with Kristin G

    I loved everything about this world! The descriptions were so vivid that I felt as though I was at the Bureau along with everyone else. Amari and Quinton have the absolute cutest sibling relationship and I cannot wait to see where the story and the world takes us in the next book! Idk about y'all, but that plot twist took me by surprise for sure... I loved everything about this world! The descriptions were so vivid that I felt as though I was at the Bureau along with everyone else. Amari and Quinton have the absolute cutest sibling relationship and I cannot wait to see where the story and the world takes us in the next book! Idk about y'all, but that plot twist took me by surprise for sure...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cmeiss330

    This book was so exciting! I loved it. If you’re recommending it to kids, this would be a good readalike for Harry Potter, the Rick Riordan Presents series, and Artemis Fowl.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Simant Verma

    June 17, 2020: So the cover has been revealed and it's perfect! May 20, 2020: I came to know about this book today on Twitter and I can't wait to see the cover! - #ownvoices middle grade trilogy - A paranormal fantasy - with magical competition - a magician villain - siblings love seems right up my alley. June 17, 2020: So the cover has been revealed and it's perfect! May 20, 2020: I came to know about this book today on Twitter and I can't wait to see the cover! - #ownvoices middle grade trilogy - A paranormal fantasy - with magical competition - a magician villain - siblings love seems right up my alley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Okay; I was absolutely ENCHANTED BY/ ENTHRALLED WITH THIS BOOK! Fast paced, action packed, & thrilling? Check! Magical, fantastical, whimsical, & a little dark? Check! Such an amazing MC, a Black girl named Amari, who is underprivileged & thrown into the competitive world of the supernatural by way of The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs with no prior knowledge of its existence. She is nominated for a tryout for the Bureau's summer junior agent training program by her missing Star Rating: —> 5 Stars Okay; I was absolutely ENCHANTED BY/ ENTHRALLED WITH THIS BOOK! Fast paced, action packed, & thrilling? Check! Magical, fantastical, whimsical, & a little dark? Check! Such an amazing MC, a Black girl named Amari, who is underprivileged & thrown into the competitive world of the supernatural by way of The Bureau of Supernatural Affairs with no prior knowledge of its existence. She is nominated for a tryout for the Bureau's summer junior agent training program by her missing brother & she says yes without hesitation so that she can find out what happened to her brother, but she ends up finding out a WHOLE LOT about herself, before anything else, & then this fantastical adventure REALLY begins. It is full of humor & wit, and I just couldn't get enough of all of the magical creatures & such ! I couldn't get enough of ALL of it! Amari's first friend she makes at the school is a WERE-DRAGON, MMMMKKKK?! This book is amazing in every way! Such a fun time! (GR decided to delete my review agggghhh! That's what you get for not backing your review up somewhere else, Ashley! *Sighs* now i'm talking to myself? *facepalms* 🤦🏼‍♀️ 😅 haha—So full RTC) Also, I just have to say really quickly that this MG magical fantasy adventure filled with humor & heart in a sort of dark academia setting will most definitely appeal to people of all ages! Fans of Nevermoor & Harry Potter/ Fantastic Beasts will absolutely LOVE THIS! 100% recommend!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess Darlington

    I loved this so much! This is like a mix between Nevermoor and men in black! As a huge nevermoor fan I was so so happy to read this because it really gives you the nevermoor vibes and There are so many important messages in this book and important topics such as bullying and racism. The racism in the book is quite prevalent for a middle grade and it is heartbreaking to see how people are discriminated against but I think this is an important read for children to be aware of those things! This was I loved this so much! This is like a mix between Nevermoor and men in black! As a huge nevermoor fan I was so so happy to read this because it really gives you the nevermoor vibes and There are so many important messages in this book and important topics such as bullying and racism. The racism in the book is quite prevalent for a middle grade and it is heartbreaking to see how people are discriminated against but I think this is an important read for children to be aware of those things! This was just such a beautiful, magical book and I enjoyed every second of it! Oh and the ending... OMG! Did not see that coming!!! I need the second book now ?!?!

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