Amari and the Night Brothers, a review

After hearing about it so much online, when I spotted a paperback copy with sprayed edges in Tesco’s (British supermarket/grocery store) I knew I had to grab Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

This is a middle grade SFF which follows a young girl whose older brother has went missing, presumed dead. She’s convinced that he’s still alive, however, and when she’s offered the chance to go to the same summer school he went to she jumps at the chance. Because that summer school isn’t what it seems.

I adored the M.I.B vibes through this whole book, the lobby, the different species, I could feel Will Smith walking down a different corridor! And the technology through this whole world is fantastic. Just stretching the realms of reality without breaking those boundaries.

We get a fantastic combination of reality, with racism and also limitations because they’re kids, along with the fantastical. And on that note, I love how they got around the parent/guardian issue. They don’t make them useless. They don’t just kill them off. Instead Alston found a way around it that I think is so clever and I’m excited to see how he continues to navigate this in the next book.

I absolutely adored Amari’s best friend and how their relationship develops. But there were also some amazing developments in relationships between Amari and other students, and also with the instructors. Something that I prize highly in books.

I adored the ending of this book, which of course I won’t spoil. I love how it doesn’t full resolve the plot and leaves that link there to move into the sequel. I will definitely be picking that up! (and it’s going to pain me to wait until it’s in paperback but I want my books to match!)

I will say that I did predict the “twist”. However, this is a Middle Grade book aimed at 8-12 year olds. And I’m 25. And I still enjoyed the book! So don’t put too much weight on that. And I enjoyed the misleading aspects leading up to the reveal that added another element to the story.

On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 9, Atmosphere: 10, Writing: 8, Plot: 8, Intrigue: 8, Logic: 9, and Enjoyment: 9 which gives an average of 8.71 and a 4.5* rating. (yes I’m trialling out using half stars this year, we’ll see how it goes)

I’m so tempted to bump this up to a five star read. I really and truly adored this book and I was so surprised when it came out as a 4 star! This is a wonderful middle grade that every age can enjoy and I’m so excited to see where the story goes from here!

What’s the first book you want to pick up in 2022?


This is my January tbr! And yes, it’s surprisingly small. I wasn’t expecting this but hey, we’re going for it!

We of course have my monthly Skulduggery Pleasant read, and also I’m going to be reading a chapter a day of another classic with @oliviascatastrophe this year! We’re going to be reading The Count of Monte Cristo together and I’m so excited to get back into this routine, it was one of my favourite parts of 2021!

Amari and the Night Brothers somehow manages to fit every single one of the prompts for @griff.reads Goodreads Choice Readathon, not sure how I winged that but I’m running with it (and if I manage to smash my tbr I have other books lined up for the various prompts)

Last but not least, a little sneak peak into the December @illumicrate book because A Marvellous Light is my last read! I’ve never really used Discord, nor been part of a large group reading, but I want to try it out with my first month of the book box and I’m hoping it’ll be a lot of fun!

I hope that whatever books you pick for your January 2022 tbr you’re super excited for and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them!!

Image ID: Four books laid flat on a white bookshelf with the spine facing outwards. From bottom to top the books are: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske, Bedlam by Derek Landy, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, and Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

What’s a book you really want to read in 2022?


Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is one I was so excited to see in the supermarket when I was doing my shopping one day. I’ve heard so many fantastic things about this Middle Grade magical fantasy and the cover is stunning to boot!

I’ve just had a heck of a final quarter of 2021 and been far too busy so I was never able to squeeze this one onto a tbr, but I’m super excited to get around to it in the new year. Fingers crossed I absolutely love it!

Image ID: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is laid flat against a blue, white and grey plaid fabric. Behind this fabric peeks through some white

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