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Amari and the Great Game: 2 (Supernatural Investigations)

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It was pretty enjoyable, but not quite as good as I was expecting 😒😒 Probably my fault for going in with such high expectations.... Die Story hat schnell Fahrt aufgenommen, ließ sich zügig lesen und hielt einige Rätsel und Überraschungen bereit, auch wenn ich mit vielen Dingen einfach schon gerechnet hatte, was aber nicht weiter schlimm war und dem Buch keinen Abbruch getan hat. I’m oddly sad this is only going to be a trilogy and not a longer series because I’m so in love with the world the B.B. Alston created. BUT i’m so appreciative to have read this that I’ll take whatever I can get 😂. The world is so cool, I can’t even really.

Just because we are dealing with a supernatural world/problems doesn’t mean that the themes in it aren’t relatable! The author handled everything beautifully and seamlessly, making Amari a female main character that I can be proud to call a favourite. She’s brave even when she’s scared, she does the right thing even when it’s hard. You read about her choices, making you feel even more connected to the character. She faces judgement and prejudices and she makes mistakes along the way: making her even more loveable and relatable in my eyes. But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She’s got enough to worry about! the cast of characters is just as wonderful as ever, but for most of the novel, they all act independently from one another with only Amari as the connecting piece. once these characters all come together around that 80% mark, wonderful things happen, but the waiting period to get to an exciting part of the story is such a huge contrast to the incredible experience I had with the first novel in this series. My best friend's daughter is mixed and I couldn't stop imagining her as Amari and how happy she will be to eventually read these books. To see a character like her and have someone so powerful and strong to relate to. But my disappointment with Amari and the Great Game can’t entirely be blamed on the book itself. I definitely went in with very high expectations, which were a bit TOO high, in retrospect. I also just think I read it at the wrong time- at the moment, I have to be in a very specific mood to enjoy middle grade. And I just wasn’t when I read this. I had just finished Empire of Storms, was suffering a MAJOR book hangover and just was in more of a YA mood. So maybe if I’d read this book at a better time, I would’ve enjoyed it more.For some time now, I have been wanting to read B.B. Alston’s “Amari and the Great Game.” Alston is a really good writer, but there were some problems with this second book in his series. Nachdem "Amari und die Nachtbrüder" mich so positiv überrascht hatte wollte ich unbedingt wissen, wie es mit Amari, Elsie und auch Dylan weitergehen würde. perhaps if this novel had been titled differently (thereby not setting up my expectations for an incredible tournament/game aspect which I did not get), or perhaps if I didn't love The Night Brothers so so much, The Great Game may have been a better read for me The friendship in this book is ELITE. UGH! I wanted to cry reading about how amazing of a friend Amari is. She put her friendships above all else. Which I know is easier to do as a child than it is when boyfriends and such become a factor. But I really don't think Amari will grow out of her loyalty for her friends. I think she depicts such an amazing girls-supporting-girls energy and I'm here for it. Amari and the Great Game is a sequel we need to be talking about. It stands out for me because it’s so different than so many other sequels. I thought I knew what to expect going in and B.B. Alston said, “Nope, I’ve got something else in mind” and I LOVED that!

There's a lot going on in this book! Sometimes there wasn't enough balance between The Great Game challenges and the time freeze mystery, and regular training at school. So the middle did lag a little bit. But then that ending came and gave the much needed jolt that has me anticipating book 3! But between the fearsome new Head Minister's strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton's curse steadily worsening, Amari's plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She's got enough to worry about! Direkt zu Beginn des Buchs wird Amari für ein Verbrechen verantwortlich gemacht, das sie nun heimlich aufzuklären versucht während die Oberbehörde ihr das Leben so schwer wie möglich macht. Und als ob das nicht schon reichen würde taucht auch noch die Magische Allianz auf und zwingt Amari in ein gefährliches Abenteuer, bei dem sie alles gewinnen oder alles verlieren könnte... There are things she goes through where I would've been showing my ass but Amari tamps down her anger and states the facts and gets the problem solved with logic and evidence. She is such a role model. I'm so happy that she exists in the literary world.the last 20% of this sequel was SO GOOD, but the first 80% didn't have even a fraction of the spark and excitement that I felt reading Amari and the Night Brothers while by no means a bad read, this sequel far pales in comparison to the original, and that has disappointed me greatly One issue that I really did not like was how the author stereotyped certain characters. For example, the four (4) witches he described had green skin, long noses, and were gap-teethed. It would have been nice to see Alston using alternate descriptions rather than playing along with stereotypes.

But her refusal allows someone else to step forward, a magician with dangerous plans for the League. This challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers' successor and determine the future of magiciankind.

Amari hat mir als Prota wieder sehr gut gefallen. Sie ist selbstsicherer geworden und steht mehr für sich ein, obwohl sie aufgrund ihrer Fähigkeiten diskriminiert und schikaniert wird. Amari Peters is everything. She is President. CEO. The speaker of the house. I'm obsessed with her. I went into Amari and the Great Game expecting great things, but it ultimately fell a bit flat for me. I really enjoyed the first book, Amari and the Night Brothers, and expected the sequel to be just as good. And although it was a decent enough read, it really wasn’t as good as I was expecting. Fans of the first book will jump at the opportunity to immerse themselves once again in the delights and surprises of this magical world, filled with equal parts wonder and suspense." — School Library Journal An enchanting fantasy adventure filled with heart and soul. Amari is magical!” — Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE

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