Amari and the Night Brothers by B B Alston

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Title: Amari and the Night Brothers


Series: Supernatural Investigations #1

- Amari and the Night Brothers (2021)
- Amari and the Great Game (2022)

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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 gets in trouble at school for shoving a girl called Emily Grant. Emily was winding Amari up about the disappearance of Amari’s brother, Quinton. He has been missing for six months.
  • Amari’s scholarship to her fancy private school gets revoked because the school has a zero tolerance policy.
  • Amari’s mum goes out to work. Amari is grounded.
  • Amari received a message about a discreet delivery. A mildly strange guy delivers a package from Quinton, which includes some goggles and a suit.
  • Amari puts the goggles on and sees her brother. He tells her to apply for a job interview, and to wear the suit.
  • Amari goes to the interview and she gets the job. Mr Ware is very impressed by the suit. Amari realises that there are lots of magical creatures out there.
  • Amari tells her mother she’ll be going to the same summer camp as Quinton went to. In reality, she’ll be trained as an agent to protect people from horrible creatures.
  • Amari starts going to “camp”, and meets the Van Helsing twins. Their sister was partnered with Amari’s brother, Quinton, as agents. They’re both missing. Unfortunately, Amari and the twins don’t really bond over this because the twins aren’t very nice.
  • Amari is introduced to her roommate, Elsie, who is lovely and also a dragon.
  • Amari goes through the initial ceremony, and is told that she is a magician. Not only that, she is the most powerful magician alive, with 100% magical blood. This is illegal, but the directors allow Amari to prove herself.
  • Amari tries to talk to the twins about her brother and their sister but it doesn’t go too well.
  • Amari receives a message from magiciangirl, who offers to tell her about magicians and Moreau. Amari tries to figure out who this person could be.
  • The adult agents take Amari to see Moreau, who is currently being held in prison. She asks about her brother and Moreau keeps talking about magicians and how great they are.
  • Amari goes to meet magiciangirl and it turns out it’s Dylan, who is a magician and a strong illusionist. He also has tech magic and can manipulate all kinds of technology.
  • The junior agent tryouts begin. For the first test, Amari is paired with Dylan and they have to work as a pair in order to figure it out. They have to go through a series of rooms and retrieve something valuable. They both pass, but it’s mostly because Amari is excellent and knows what’s up. She figures out that the crown isn’t the most valuable thing, the water is.
  • Amari and Dylan hack into Quinton’s account and figure out what his schedule was on the last day he was seen. He spoke to someone called KH, and he also had a meeting with someone called Horus.
  • The Van Helsing house is attacked, as were a few other legacy families. Dylan is hurt but not too badly.
  • Amari goes to see Director Horus about her brother. Horus reads for Amari and sees a two headed snake in her future – or her present. He says Quinton did go to see him and Quinton asked if Maria Van Helsing was working with Moreau.
  • The second tryout begins. Amari and Dylan have to figure out a series of clues from various Departments. They get through and pass the tryout.
  • Amari plonks spaghetti on Lara Van Helsing’s head.
  • Amari speaks to a fortune teller called Madame Violet. She is told that an illusionist should never trust that which giggles and grins… whatever that means.
  • Amari is on stage demonstrating her powers when the Bureau is attacked by hybrids. They create a distraction while Maria Van Helsing (or so it seems) steals the Black Book.
  • Amari goes back to Blackstone Prison and finds out that Moreau isn’t really Moreau. The guy posing as him said something about “giggles and grins” and Amari figured out it was an illusion. Which means Moreau is free.
  • Amari and Dylan go to find Moreau while Elsie creates a distraction. In a massive twist, it’s revealed that Dylan has been working with Moreau.
  • Moreau has been draining Maria and Quinton’s life force in order to gain power.
  • Dylan defeats Moreau because he wants to be all powerful, and then he turns his attention to Amari. Amari refuses to join his side and is forced to use her epic powers on Dylan. She traps him.
  • Returning to the Bureau, Amari is able to speak to Maria (who’s now awake) and through her speak to Quinton (who’s in a coma). Quinton tells her he’s proud of her and it’s super emotional.
  • Maria invites Amari to the secret society, The League of Magicians.
  • Amari becomes a Junior Agent.

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