Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the rather brilliant, Amari and the Night Brothers by B B Alston
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!
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 . . .
Cover illustrations are from rising star artist Brittany Jackson.
Now, I’m going to look at this book from two different perspectives. Firstly with my Librarian hat on. This would perfectly suit lovers of Harry Potter – well that’s a given. It would also suit those who enjoyed the Tales From the Badlands series by J R Wallis and Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood series. I think one of it’s absolute strengths is the eclectic mix of characters, especially the wonderful Amari. She is loyal, brave but has the doubts that plague many of us, young and old. I loved her spark and drive, her determination to find out exactly what happened to her brother but also the courage she shows standing up for herself.
Thinking of the books that are well loved and read on my library shelves, I think this will very much become one of them. This is middle grade fiction and I would definitely recommend it to both year 7 & 8 readers, but you’re really never to old to read a book like this. It’s wonderful, magical and exciting.
Now with my own book loving head on, I can say that I absolutely loved it. It was a perfect escape and gave me the same feels that Lockwood, Badlands and of course Harry Potter gave me. From the beginning where we join Amari in the headmasters office to the nail biting ending, well it was a complete joy to read. I’m a great believer that books should allow us to walk in another’s shoes, experience things from a different perspective, but they should also allow young readers to find something of themselves captured within the character and I think Amari does this in so many ways. Not just in her physical appearance but her feelings, hopes, dreams and the things that scare her. No matter what supernaturals, aliens or monsters she may encounter there is still a young teenager that many will be able to relate to today.
This is a wonderful book and I can’t wait to add it to my bookshelves. It is published in hardback on January 21st 2021 (although hopefully the paperback edition won’t be too far behind) and on kindle too. It will be the perfect antidote to those late January blues.
About the author
B.B. Alston lives in South Carolina in the U.S. He started writing in middle school, entertaining all his classmates with horror stories starring the whole class where not everyone survived! He had just been accepted into a biomedical graduate programme when a chance entry into a contest became the beginning of his author journey and his debut middle grade novel, Amari and the Night Brothers, was born. Now, when not writing, he can be foundeating too many sweets and exploring country