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The Blazing Star

(The Blazing Star #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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 an
Paperback, 286 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Wise Ink
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Simona B
Oct 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


"You’re in Egypt, Portia. Ancient Egypt."

ME: *shocked gasp* *headwall* *some more headwall* *why universe just why*

First of all, let me specify that I was able to properly read only a little more than half the book, and only skimmed through the rest. And let me also say that I thought I was going to write a long, ridiculously detailed review, but it's late, I'm tired and, after all, there's really no need
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
A few things attracted to me to this book when I saw it go up on Net Galley (yes, I received a free copy, and no, it did not influence my review).

First of all, we have a woman-of-color heroine, and a black one to boot. In fact, this book is basically all non-white characters save maybe two or three minor ones in the beginning and I praise that heavily! I seldom run into YA books in the fantasy genre especially with so much diversity and with the leading point-of-view character being a person of
Feb 18, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I really wanted to finish this book but I just couldn't. I've been reading it for almost 2 weeks now and have barely made it to page 40. It is just so slow and I can't force myself to finish anymore ...more
3.5 stars

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Portia White has always been in the shadow of her smarter, prettier twin Alex until one day something odd happens and Portia finds herself transported to Ancient Egypt where she finds out she has the magic power of Heka. When Portia realises Alex and another girl Selene have also been transported, they must figure out what’s going on and how to get home.

I really enjoyed this and it was
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
«this was gods and goddesses, myths and legends, and very old magic»

This book was filled with adventure and magic and sisterhood and I was caught up in all of it. I liked how every time Portia turned a corner in the temple, something was bound to happen. She just can't stay out of trouble that one.

Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
2016 Book Awards
Runner Up: Worst Read 2016
(more information about these awards on my blog)

I received this book as an ARC from Wise Ink Creative Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had potential to me. It held a lot of things that are exactly to my taste, such as ancient civilizations, magic and time travel.

Aaaand then there were things that I didn't like and unfortunately they outweighed the good things.

1, Predictability
I found so much of this story to be incre
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

The Blazing Star is a strong debut, albeit, as expected, one with flaws. Nevertheless, I would venture to say that this book as "un-put-down-able."

TBS was both character and plot driven, a book that feels like a mishmash of The Mummy and the Kane Chronicles, with hints of Brandy Colbert's style at points- it may just be the Chicago setting. The dynamic of a sibling relationship is ve
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, arcs

It was more than the Serk in the Delta, or three girls swimming the Rivers of Time. This was gods and goddesses, myths and legends, and very old magic.

The Blazing Star has girls with different personalities and strengths, time travel, female friendships, magic good and bad, sisterhood, POC characters, gods and goddesses and a bit of romance which I can see that will develop in the next book. I also didn't know that this is part of a series. Not complaining though be
sil ♡ the book voyagers
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
Ceillie Simkiss
First reaction: OMG
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy in exchange with an honest review.

Very beautiful and descriptive writing was used in this book to describe even the most mundane thoughts. You will be highlighting, like a lot. You might as well take flirting notes from the Pharaoh himself!

Portia always has to go along with whatever her twin sister does because she is a genius! Twinning is her sister's brand, but Portia is tired of being her shadow.

When they visit a museum,Portia touches a Scarab, and suddenly ends up i
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Dec 08, 2016 marked it as arcs-to-review
I love science-fictions and even more when it include time-travelling, so this book is just made for me. :P Plus the synopsis sounds SO good. Can't wait to read it.

Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
there were a few things that made me not like this book as much as I feel I could but it is, nevertheless, a pretty good read.

the time traveling aspect and the egyptian setting totally sold me on this one. although I think the world building could be a little more developed (somethings aren't as clear as I wanted, even if I could still follow the story at all times), I found the images created by Josey so clear. I wasn't in my mind, I was there. the representation seems very respectful but I'm o
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I received a free advanced copy from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s very rare (at least for me) that after falling in love with a cover, I’d fall in love with the book’s insides as well. It’s either that I end up hating the book, despite the cover, or just enjoying it. When I first saw The Blazing Star’s cover, I was a goner. I mean, you have a beautiful girl (Can we talk about the importance of having a smiling girl of colou
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This was gods and goddesses, myths and legends, and very old magic

It was this quote, the cover and the promise of diversity that got my attention!! But they led me quite wrong, unfortunately.

I feel that all the main characters (Portia, Alex, and Selene) could have been better used, to be honest.

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Sara (Freadom Library)
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I received an e-ARC of this book from Wise Ink Creative Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
I was really looking forward to reading this book but I was confusing most of the time while I was reading. It involves time travel, mystery and action. However, the book felt too long, like it dragged and it was kind of boring at times when things slowed down. The st
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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"You’re in Egypt, Portia. Ancient Egypt."

Starting out The Blazing Star, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting. This book is basically about a girl who's in a time that's not her own and that discovers some things that'll change her life. It has time travel and fantasy, and while it has some structural issues, I think it’s worth a read.

This book is immensely character driven. Portia is the leading lady and she definitely knew how to capture your attention
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
The premise of this story is everything I want in a YA book. Strong female protagonists. Characters of color are the majority of the cast. Disabilities are addressed and not treated as handicaps. Family and friendship relationships more importance than romance. Magical realism. Historical fiction. Action. Flaws. Mythology. Adventures. And yet… nothing really clicked for me.

The first half of the book sets us up well. We learn a lot about Alex and Portia's relationship. But we are also introduced
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars

I received this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A big thank you to the publisher for accepting my request.

When I saw this on NetGalley I was instantly drawn to it. Time travel and ancient Egypt?? (I may or may not have an obsession with egyptian mythology). I expected a lot and thankfully it did not disappoint. The Blazing Star was full of action, kick ass ladies and the most heart warming romance. What do I forget? Oh right MAGIC.

Firstly, before I dive into the re
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
**I received a free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.**

The first thing that struck me about this book was the cover. No, seriously, look at that cover. Isn't it beautiful? I am also 100% here for a book that has Black girls cast in all the major roles. I really thought this was going to be one of those 'wow' books for me.

But it wasn't.

There were 3 things that made this book difficult for me to finish.
1. I could not connect with Portia. At all. I love snarky characters bu
Kirsty Hanson
The thing that drew me to this book was a black girl on the front cover. Let me repeat that: A BLACK GIRL ON THE FRONT COVER . I saw it and just said to myself "about bloody time." The cover design is absolutely beautiful and I genuinely can't get enough of it and look at the typography! Look how amazing it is! Another thing that drew me to this book is that it's set in Egypt. This is the first young adult book that I have ever read that is set there, and I couldn't wait to get sucked in.

Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the author via NetGalley

Portia has been living in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life because her twin sister is a genius and Portia has been standing behind Alex in support her entire life. But when Portia comes into contact with an ancient Egyptian scarab, she is pushed into the limelight for the first time in her entire life – she is transported to Ancient Egypt. Now Portia is in Ancient Egypt with her sister and a freshman, and a new magical ability she’s never
Ashleigh (edwardanddamon)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Twitter giveaway & was so excited to receive it! Time travel, twin sisters & Egypt?! Oh and a stunning cover! I enjoyed the main character, Portia and her journey throughout the story. I liked how the story was focused on strong female characters and family. I especially loved the ancient Egyptian setting. There was even a touch of romance that felt appropriate to the story. The secondary characters were interesting as well and I hope they're explored more in the next book.

Hala Salah
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm very sad that I didn't love this book.

Don't get me wrong I liked this for many reasons:
1. The characters felt very real and flawed but at the same time very lovable Especially Portia who was very interesting

2. The sister relationship
Portia and Alex's relationship was very well executed although sometimes I felt like we didn't get much from them ( and felt like Portia was very harsh on her sister)

3. Great book about Mythology and history
The idea was unique and very well researched and
An Electronic Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an e-ARC and may be subject to change.

I really enjoyed how this book started because it felt like such a contemporary novel at first. Then all of a sudden it switches and the characters are transported into another time and place. And one of my favourite places to boot..Ancient Egypt. The writing was full of action with great characters who just needed that extra push. Through o
Galley provided by publisher

Rep: African-American mcs, Egyptian characters and setting

If I'm honest, this book dragged a bit too much for me. It took a good two thirds of the whole thing to actually get to the part where there was any action, and I need to be hooked on pretty much the first page to fully like a book. So as it was I was a little disappointed.

Basically the slowness of the plot was the biggest issue I had with this book. It was also a pretty complex plot and I got lost on that a co
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
I just can't anymore guys. I was getting to the point where I couldn't enjoy anything and was hunting for things to further my dislike. I never want to get to that point with a book. At 52%, I can say this book was not right for me.

First of all, I don't feel like anything was happening. I have the feeling that maybe the plot was about to pick up but I just don't care anymore. I was expecting so many grand things from a book set in Egypt with a full POC cast. However, even that disappointed me. H
Aimal (The Devils We Find)
DNF at 30%. I'm bummed that I had to put this down because I was really looking forward to reading this- it was actually one of my most anticipated reads on my Netgalley shelf. I enjoyed the beginning, and I think Josey's a talented writer because she evokes empathy for her characters, and much of her descriptions (the some that are there) are vibrant. But the world-building was lackluster and haphazard. When Portia travels back to ancient Egypt, we're introduced to a flurry of characters all at ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by the stunning world building in The Blazing Star. The ancient Egyptian setting was my favorite part of this story and it just leant itself so perfectly to the mysterious and beautiful magic system that Imani Josey created.

Portia made for a fantastic main character, who I truly enjoyed rooting for throughout the story. It was a pleasure seeing her journey unfold and the personal growth that her character underwent. There were a few just fabulous female characters in this story,
Rosemarie Walker
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a reason l took so long to read this book. See, I'm aware that it is book one of a series, and I hate to anticipate the next book when I can't have it. Also, it should be known that I love the written word. I don't like it, I LOVE IT! I know if a book is worthy of my time within the first three chapters. This book got me in the first chapter. It's such a great read that I had to pace myself. I didn't want the book to end because I didn't have the second book to jump into right away. I co ...more
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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 turn

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