fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Amari And The Night Brothers – B.B. Alston ★★★★

Blurb; 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.

My Review; I was gifted this book for free as part of the Amazon Vine reviewers team. This does not influence my review in any way. I got this because it looked interesting and an easy read. I was right. This book will have your imagination on fire. Magic. Fantasy. The unimaginable. Talking elevators/lifts who are also named. It’s a whole new world to get lost into and I already cannot wait for book two to come out. I loved it all!

The main character Amari is on the hunt to find out what really happened to her older brother but first she must go through some training. She is one determined and strong kid with an alley by her side the whole time. But who can she trust? Does she know her enemy? Can she save and find her brother before it’s too late? She knows she isn’t wanted within the establishment but that doesn’t make her give up just more determined. Absolutely loved her such a powerful character.

Loved it all. The setting. The plot. The outcome. Brilliant. I was lost into this world and wish I didn’t have to leave it. I know it’s a children’s/YA book but you’re never too old for that magic in my eyes. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I also just adore the cover too. Magical.

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Young adult

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

My Review; I read this one because I loved the authors previous book Moxie so much. I had high expectations for this one.

At first the story royally annoyed me. Grr. The story focuses on one character called Alice and the rumours about her. For 80% of the book its about this girl being bullied by everyone and her just putting up with it… Which was why I was annoyed but towards the end I got it. There was a hidden meaning to it all. Be strong. Carry on. The truth always comes out in the end. In the end you will be the one that comes out of top. I really felt for Alice honestly poor girl. But she did me proud at the end.

Unfortunately these books do happen in real life in schools I have been in her position myself so it’s also eye opening. Brave. Determination. Powerful. I salute Alice. A well deserved four stars from me.

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mystery · Short Stories · suspense · Young adult

Kill Joy – Holly Jackson ★★★★★

Blurb; Pippa Fitz-Amobi is not in the mood for her friend’s murder mystery party. Especially one that involves 1920’s fancy dress and pretending that their town, Little Kilton, is an island called Joy. But when the game begins, Pip finds herself drawn into the make-believe world of intrigue, deception and murder.

But as Pip plays detective, teasing out the identity of the killer clue-by-clue, the murder of the fictional Reginald Remy isn’t the only case on her mind …

Find out where it all began for Pip in this prequel to the best-selling A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl, Bad Blood.

My Review; This was one of the world book day books available for £1 this year. I already loved this author so had to read this one. Its a short read! Easy to devour in one sitting. Brilliantly written.

It’s a mystery. It’s a game of real life cluedo just without the murder. Very clever. We get an introduction into all her characters and the game gets intense with a few jump scares. The ending is very clever to how the game all concluded. I loved it all! A quick little escape for me. Perfect YA short read. Highly recommend. Well deserved five stars from me.

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