Book: The Blazing Star by Imani Josey
Publisher: Self Pub
Date Published: December 6th, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: A Thousand Pieces of You, Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.
But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?
She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.
Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.
As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.
Many of you have been seeing me on Twitter talk about The Blazing Star. Its a book that I’ve been anxious to read. I first fell in love with the cover. Its truly stunning and gorgeous. After I read the synopsis, I was really hooked. This book had everything I could need in a YA Historical Fantasy novel. Its got diverse characters, fantastic world building, action, romance, and so much more.
I’ve been really into time travel books, and this one was the perfect fit. I always love books that start off in present times and then the main character is thrown into a different time. I love to see characters struggle with being thrown into a different time and society. To see them try to grapple their mind about what just happened while at the same time trying to blend in with what ever setting they’ve arrived in.
I didn’t know what to expect when it came to the story. The synopsis presented a story that I had never read before, and thus I didn’t know what to expect. I merely thought this was going to be a story about trying to escape, but it became so much more. There were so many twists and turns, and so much mystery. I found myself furiously flipping pages in order to find out the truth behind the mystery. And when things were revealed, I still found myself surprised even thought I thought I figured it out. This story keeps you on your toes, folks!
I always find stories about twins to be interesting. I grew up with twins in my family, and its always interesting to see how they act similar and different at the same time. I’ve read studies about twins, and its great to see stuff like that translated onto the page. I loved the exploration of the plot line of living in someone’s shadow. We often read stories about siblings living in another sibling’s shadow, but its an entirely different thing to live in a twin’s shadow.
As for the other characters, I thought they were developed well. I wanted more stories from side characters explored, but I understand that they were not the main focus of the story. The women in this story were fantastic. I found them to be strong, wise women and I loved their confidence contrasted with their flaws. I love stories that feature a band of women fighting for the greater good.
Oh I loved the setting. I feel as though I might have felt a little bit more comfortable with the setting than others may have been. There are a lot of Ancient Egyptian terms in this book, and it takes a while to get used to. I did some intense Ancient Egyptian study while I was in college, and was a little bit more familiar with some of the terms, the places. I’m by no means an expert, but it was great to see how much research was put into this book. You can really feel how much work was put into this story. If you’re not familiar with some of the terms in the book, I urge you to take this as a learning experience. Take the time to look up some of the terms on google. You’ll learn some new facts, and it’ll be easier for you to carry on with the story.
I was anticipating this story since its announcement, and I’m really glad that I fell in love with it the way that I expected. And then some. If you love Ancient Egpyt, history, or even a great time travel story, this is a great story to read. I also suggest this book if you’re looking for a great diverse read.
*I received an ARC of this from a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.