Amari and the Night Brothers was one of my most anticipated reads for 2021, so I was super excited to be invited to join The Write Reads Blog Tour. Thank you to Dave at The Write Reads and the publishers, Egmont, for sending me a physical proof copy in return for my honest opinion.
Amari and the Night Brothers was everything I was hoping it would be, and then some! It is an exciting, action-packed, supernatural adventure with a tantalising dose of magic, danger, secrets and twists – not to mention razor-sharp humour – so much so that I was compelled to devour it in one sitting – a perfect reading adventure!
Amari Peters’ adored and brilliant older brother, Quinton, has been missing for six months. She is convinced that he is still alive and is determined to find him and to uncover the secrets he has kept from her. When she receives a delivery from her brother, she discovers a briefcase in his old wardrobe, and a message from him that sees her start the MOST incredible adventure to find him, and take her first steps to awakening her own magical powers, powers that put her in danger, but which may also be the key to saving her new world …
Quinton has left his younger sister a nomination to join a secret organisation, the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. She accepts a place in its summer training camp, where she has to undergo try outs to become a trainee agent, in the hope of being re-united with her brother. She is also filled with a sense of excitement as she has been given the opportunity to escape from the bullying school environment where she felt like an outsider.
The Bureau opens her eyes to a world filled with a myriad of diverse, brilliant supernatural creatures which must be kept secret from the known human world. For starters, her roommate, Elsie Rodriguez, is a were dragon! I loved that so many creatures that cross genres exist in this hidden world within our world from magicians to mermaids to hybrid creatures: they are woven seamlessly into the narrative. There is one thread in particular which I adored, and which kept me on the edge of my seat as I raced to find out how it would unravel– and it was SO worth the wait!
In her quest to find her brother, Amari is determined to become a Junior Agent in the Department of Supernatural Investigations but, when she finds out that her supernatural ability is also an illegal one, she risks becoming an outsider again. Is Amari unwittingly a danger to the Bureau, or will her talent help them overcome the threat which they face from the infamous Night Brothers who are determined to destroy the Bureau?
Oh my goodness! This is such a heart-racing, exciting read that I couldn’t put it down. I loved discovering the origins of the Night Brothers and the danger they posed to the Bureau. The twists and revelations kept me on the edge of my seat; I was kept on tenterhooks as I was trying to work out who to trust and who had an ulterior motive: absolutely enthralling! The ending was unexpected but also PERFECT!
Amari is an incredibly courageous young girl with an admirable inner strength and determination. She’s a real fighter: she stands up for herself as she goes on a journey of self-discovery, taking risks along the way as she comes to believe in her own ability and her intentions to use her powers for good, despite temptation and uncertainty.
I absolutely LOVED this magical and exhilarating story set in a vividly drawn, fascinating world; after that ending, I can’t wait to go on another adventure with Amari.