Book Review

Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston

Today I am joining the blog tour for Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. Many thanks to B.B. Alston and Egmont Books for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Dave at The Write Reads for inviting me to be a part of the tour.


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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Amari and the Night Brothers is released on 21st January, so get you pre-orders in now!


You know how sometimes you read a book and after just a few pages you just know that it is going to be truly magical? Well, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is one such book. As I was reading, I found I was hit with the same sense of anticipation as when I picked up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time – that tingly feeling that you are discovering something great. Having the privilege to enter Amari’s world before the book is even released made it feel even more special, and I have spent the last couple of weeks telling all my friends to get their pre-orders in!

The premise of this book, centring around the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, and it’s summer programme for potential agents, is an intriguing one and I was sucked in instantly, unable to put the book down in my eagerness to uncover all the secrets of the Bureau and the supernatural beings it worked with.

Amari is a character that I think a lot of young people will find very relatable. Despite being so completely out of her comfort zone, her devotion to her family drives her on to succeed no matter the costs to herself, and I love this determination and strength of spirit.

There are hints of the Magisterium series  in B.B. Alston’s style of writing – another favourite series of mine, and I read Amari and the Night Brothers from cover to cover in one day. I just loved every page and can’t wait to find out what happens next!


B. 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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