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.
This book was amazing and I really hope there is another one!
In this book, we follow Amari as she is trying to find her missing brother (Quinton) and then she receives a delivery from her brother in the delivery there is an invitation to a summer school for magical creatures and people.
I really loved this book it was magical and twisty. I honestly thought I knew where it was going but I was so wrong!
I really felt for Amari that she didn’t fit in in her old school and she has a hard time fitting in into the summer school. But it was so nice to watch her grow and develop and that she had people on her side! There is so much I want to say about this book but I definitely don’t want to ruin it for people who might read it!
I loved watching Amari stand up to her bullies and let them know that she belongs and helping people understand who and what Amari is. What I really loved was her coming out of her brothers’ shadow. Quinton was the golden boy of her school and of the camp so I loved watching Amari come into her own and prove that it’s for one she is her own person and two that she is great by herself!
One of my favourite characters was Elsie because she is also an outcast. She knows what she is but she hasn’t had the opportunity to turn yet, but when she does it’s amazing! She stands up for Amari and helps her where she can.