Published by Wise Ink on December 6, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: Paperback from Author
Also in this series: The Falling Star
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.
The Blazing Star is a young adult time travel fantasy by Imani Josey. It is also the first book in the Blazing Star series. I loved this journey back to ancient Egypt. If you are a fan of books featuring sisters, then I think you will really enjoy this magical tale that Imani Josey crafted. It is perfect for younger readers of young adult fiction as well as older readers. I really enjoyed this first installment and I can’t wait to see where the series is going to go from here. I can’t wait to read more books by Imani Josey because The Blazing Star was equal parts heartwarming wholesome fun and magical whimsy. Plus, who doesn’t love an ancient Egypt setting?
In The Blazing Star we meet our main character Portia. I loved Portia. She is brave and so completely relatable. She is a twin, but she constantly feels overshadowed by her superstar Brainiac twin sister Alex. Our story starts when Portia and Alex’s class are studying ancient Egypt, she touches a scarab beetle and starts speaking in Egyptian. When she comes in contact with the scarab another time she is transported to Ancient Egypt, along with her sister and another girl from school. She must team up with her sister to try and get back to present time. Lots of action and adventure ensue but the real heart of the book is the relationship growth between sisters Alex and Portia. You can tell that the girls love each other, but their relationship is strained because all the attention that Alex gets from being so smart. I really enjoyed seeing them work together to try and get back to present time and to defeat the big bad they encountered in Egypt.
I liked the scorpion and the priestesses that they met, and I’m really hoping to learn more about both i the next book. I feel like there is a lot more than we can explore in regards to the scorpions. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. This book was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to continue on with the series. It does feel a little on the younger side of YA with the writing and content level, which makes it great for readers just looking to venture into the young adult fantasy world.
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