Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
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.
This was such a great book and I hope everyone picks it up.
Amari is such a great character. In the beginning of the book, Amari and her mom live in a low income apartment. Amari goes to a private school where she’s bullied. Quinton, Amari’s brother, went missing and no one knows where he is. The police assume he got into something bad. Quinton was super smart, but he passed on college for a great job that interested him. But there were no records of a job. Amari gets a shock when she receives a package from her brother. Inside, there is a nomination to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Things get even weirder for her. Quinton went missing while working for the Bureau. Both he and his partner, Maria, were excellent agents that made a name for themselves. Amari wants to join the Bureau just to find her brother. But when she gets tested, she finds out that she has a lot of power and no idea how to use it.
The kids all have to try out and pass multiple exams. No one really wants Amari there. The only students that talk to her are her roommate, Elsie, and one of the Van Helsing twins, Dylan. The other twin, Lara, is one of the biggest bullies to Amari, but Dylan partners up with her. The Bureau is under attack from a magician. They’re creating hybrid creatures and are after something secret and powerful. Amari needs to pass her tests, find her brother, and try to stop whoever is trying to destroy the Bureau.
I gave this book 5 stars. I loved the characters, writing, pacing, and all the magic.
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR?