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…
What a FANTASTIC MG read! I loved this so much, and so did the spawn! (She hasn’t finished it, but I went ahead and finished lol)
The pacing is a hold onto your seat kinda tempo but it works really well to keep the reader engaged and this is an adventure book, it doesn’t slow down for anyone. Saying that, the book also doesn’t neglect characters or world-building just because the plot is ‘fast.’
The world was huge and expansive, set with not just the ‘normal’ world but one that had the hidden realms/worlds of magic and supernatural. You had unicorns and aliens, both using the assistance from the Bureau who are hiding the truth of the world from those living their normal every day every lives.
Amari’s brother has gone missing and what she doesn’t know is that he’s been working for the Bureau. Now though it’s Amari’s turn to step into her brother’s world. He wanted her to follow in his footsteps, and now Amari wants to do that exactly…all the way to find out what happened to him.
I think one of my favorite parts of this was the fact it was a magical/supernatural summer camp versus the usual magical school and that the kids were having to start training for their eventual (possible eventual) roles within the Bureau.
Amari though doesn’t have it easy compared to the other kids. During the talent ‘choosing’ Amari has been given an illegal talent. She’s also the only one who has a were-dragon for a roommate, which, is lucky for Amari as her roommate is a terrific friend to have in your corner.
The character development is really nice, we see Amari from her own point of view, someone who has never quite fit in and who has never really lived up to be as great as her brother. But, Amari starts to learn she’s pretty great in her own ways and it’s okay that she’s not exactly the same as her big brother, they each have their own strengths.
4/5 HUGE cups of coffee for this book, and an equally huge thank you to TheWriteReads and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.