ARC Review: The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

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Title: The Blazing Star
Author: Imani Josey
Release date: 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.


The Blazing Star is Imani Josey's debut novel and it's 1000% magical. There is so much in this novel that you'll feel blessed and loved and this is what you want in your fantasy stories. It has a biracial main character, mythology, a non-western setting (Egypt), time-traveling, sisterhood, characters of color, royalty, magic, etc. (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*: ・゚

This was gods and goddesses, myth and legends, and very old magic.

I loved, loved all the characters. There is some serious girl power in this book. The woman are fierce and powerful and beautiful and magical. Seriously, check this book out for them if you don't like the other aspects. They are the main characters of this story and they rule. The. World. The friendships between them are epic and you'll fall in love with them asap when you meet them one by one. Plus Portia and her twin Alex also have a great relationship and you'll see different aspects of it ~ 

There is also a friendship that maybe will turn into romance with an Egyptian prince. This is my SHIP, THIS IS MY SHIP. They really care for each other and will always be there for one another. I'm feeling this romance , guys ~ I support this 10000% I am sure. I am also quite in love and have a little crush on this general that appears, he has like ten lines in the book but oh my god guys he is the moody type, the silent but soft in the inside? Yes, for this. I hope we see more of him in the next book! 

Imani Josey is a writer from Chicago, Illinois. In her previous life, she was a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls and won the titles of Miss Chicago and Miss Cook County for the Miss America Organization, as well as Miss Black Illinois USA.

Her one-act play, Grace, was produced by Pegasus Players Theatre Chicago after winning the 19th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. In recent years, she has turned her sights to long-form fiction. She now spends the majority of her time working on backstory, teaching dance fitness classes, and cuddling with her American bulldog, Thor.

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