The Blazing Star: {ARC Review}

Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Publisher: Wise Ink
Series: The Blazing Star #1
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

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.

Imani Josey’s time traveling debut The Blazing Star was exactly what I needed after a slew of mediocre reads. It has all the elements to make for a really good read-magic, time travel, danger, adventure, love, friendship, and of course, kick ass heroines! Can we also talk about that gorgeous cover? I mean, it would be an auto-buy for me if I saw it in a store! Totally beautiful.

Portia and Alex are modern day twins who couldn’t be more different. Alex is the shining star of the family. She just won a major academic award while Portia is left in the shadows. That all changes when Portia touches an ancient Egyptian artifact and mysterious things start happening to her. And oh, she also gets transported to Ancient Egypt with her sister and a freshman when she touches it again. No big deal!

I really loved this take on time traveling to Egypt. I have a huge fascination with Ancient Egypt so Josey’s story really drew me in. The descriptions about clothes, scents, architecture, and food were so lush. Her characters were also well written, especially the struggles that twins go through.

While Portia may be Alex’s twin, she yearns to be her own person and make her mark on the world. Her sister Alex really does not understand Portia’s reluctance to break away from the twin brand, and the two often have heated exchanges about it. It was definitely realistic sounding when they had their fights. Portia completely changed from the shy introvert at the beginning of the book. She blossomed into a strong willed, confident young woman ready to take on whatever life (or Ma’at) dealt her.

There is very little romance in The Blazing Star, but that is not a bad thing. I usually cannot stand when characters fall in love so quickly, but happily there was none of that present in this story. The romance was very well done, and I am excited to see where it will lead.

So many things were revealed in the book. I thought I had a few things figured out, but the twists and turns kept me guessing for a large part of it. Some reveals were also pretty shocking. The ending though, is what got me. The next book is going to be HUGE, and I just hope everyone gets their happy ending, because some of the characters are having some big issues now.

The only reason I am not rating this one 5 stars is because it was a little hard for me to imagine that Portia, Selene, and Alex got used to being in Ancient Egypt so quickly. They seemed to acclimate very easily with very little issue. The Egyptian characters also did not seem too concerned with how different the girls were, especially when they were using modern language. It seems like it would have made some people suspicious or shocked. I mean, if I was suddenly thrust back into Ancient Greece, I think it would be a very difficult transition, that’s for sure!

Other than my small gripe, this was a wonderful debut with a ton of potential! I cannot wait to see where this series takes us. Check it out and see for yourself!


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