The Blazing Star by Imani Josey
Published December 6th 2016
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.
I loved the concept of this book and I liked the main character, Portia, a lot but I did find the story to be slow at times.
I thought time travel and Ancient Egypt sounded amazing and I was super excited. I think I might have had too high expectations.
The plot was a little slow for me. The first half really wasn’t doing it for me but the last half was a lot better. The writing style is pretty descriptive so I think that’s what made the plot so slow. It felt a little over descriptive at times and it dragged the story on.
I really appreciate how diverse the characters are. I think that’s really needed in literature, especially in Young Adult. I really like how Portia is represented on the cover.
Overall, I really loved the concept and diversity but the plot was too slow for me. I’m definitely interested in other books by Imani Josey though.