The Blazing Star by Imani Josey
The Blazing Star
Author: Imani Josey
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction > Time Travel
Publisher: Imani Josey
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: I was taken in by time travel, by the journey of two sisters, and of course Egypt. Yet I didn’t enjoy this read as much as I had hoped I would.
It took me several chapters before it started to catch my attention and even then it was only held for a short time. I kept reading through hoping that I might see more that would peak my interest, but that didn’t seem to happen. The Blazing Star was not intriguing to me and seemed overly played. There wasn’t any unique spin to Alex and Portia’s story-line and was exactly as it sounded. One sibling being the smart and ambitious beloved by all and the other one feeling like they don’t fit in and no one pays them any attention.
“I somehow angled my father back toward his elder (if eleven and a half minutes counts) daughter’s speech. the spotlight swallowed Alex, but nothing short of the apocalypse would stop her. Since we’d set foot in Roosevelt, she’d toiled to be AcaDec’s first Golden Apple champion in over a decade, the first African-American Golden Apple champion ever. It was time to hail Caesar.”
Though many of the previous chapters moved slowly for me, I found my place with this read as we began to see the beauty that waited ahead. Detailed impressively and making me feel like I was right there with them. Egypt became the focal point of this story.
“Illuminated by bright torchlight, the goddess Isis, a towering woman with outstretched wings and a throne-like crown, welcomed Pharaoh to her home in paints of vivid red, green, and yellow. She didn’t smile, but she was gracious, humbling Pharaoh in her presence. My eyes turned to Serepti for instructions, though she didn’t speak. She took in the image of Isis as I did, contently humming again.”
And yes, I loved that part of the book, it’s what kept me reading, but it still lacked with all the main characters. I could not bring myself to truly enjoy this book because of it. If anything it was everyone else in this book that made it worthwhile. Portia draws the attention of some of these characters by posessing the Epgytian magic called heka including, Sikara and Ankhmir. As well as a love interest more than halfway into this story, Merenptah who turns out to be more than she expected.
“I peered into his dark eyes. ‘That’s fine,’ I said quietly, and took his hands. I placed them on my waist, closing the remaining distance between us. His eyes flickered in surprise, wary of dance but intrigued by my boldness. My arms slid his neck. ‘And now you sway with the music.'”
I would have enjoyed The Blazing Star so much more if it had all been set in Egypt. The story line of two high school sisters and their friend, whom I seem to forget continuously, transported in time just erased. Keep them in the mix, but always having been from that era. It might have made this tremendously better.
***I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***