The Blazing Star

The Blazing Star

by Imani Josey


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ISBN-13: 9781945769160
Publisher: Wise Ink
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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The Blazing Star 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Time travel is tricky. Generally, I'm not a fan of it because it tends to be used as an excuse to explain a new fantastical world to the protagonist. Lots of info dumps and whatnot. But I had hopes for The Blazing Star with the promise of Ancient Egypt as a setting. Unfortunately, while the story had potential to be great, it fell a bit flat for me. Let's start with the world. Cool. Different setting than usual. But I didn't feel it. I guess I wanted more of the Ancient Egypt vibe that seemed to be missing. If you're going to set a book in a different setting like that I want to be there and I wasn't. It was superfluous, just a way to give the story something different. And it wasn't even used! Like, the characters travel back in time and to a completely different part of the world and they act like it's normal! There was so much potential there to cause problems for them and they're just chill about it. To be honest, I was more interested and invested in the story at the beginning than I was when the setting shifted. Portia was alright as far as characters go. The more I read the more she got on my nerves and I stopped caring about her. I liked Alex better after a bit but neither struck a chord with me. Honestly, I don't think the Ancient Egypt setting really helped the story. I would have liked to read about Portia coming into her own in our world because that's the part of the story that I thought did well. Afterwards I just wanted to skim the rest. The Blazing Star sounded like it would be a blast to read but just lacked that extra something to keep me interested beyond the first bit.
HLKreader More than 1 year ago
Time travel stories are tricky for me, so I knew going into this that it could either be a hit or miss for me. But, I actually think the time travel aspect worked really well with the book. It made sense and while I feel like it could have potentially fallen into a few time travel traps, overall I thought it was handled great. Of course, I also happen to really love ancient Egypt, so that certainly didn't hurt at all. My biggest complaint was the beginning. I had such a hard time getting into this book and it seemed to have a painfully slow start. Once the story picked up, though, I could hardly put The Blazing Star Down. The ending was especially great. I also had a hard time feeling really attached to the characters, especially some of the side characters. I liked the characters for the most part, but I didn't feel as connected to them as I'd have liked. Part of that might have been due to the beginning being a little dull. Again, once I got into the story and things picked up, I also found myself feeling more invested in the characters as well.
AsTheBookEnds More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars I am in love with the cover of this book. Introducing it to my parents and proposing kind of love. Seriously, it is gorgeous – quite possibly my favorite book cover of the year. I am seriously considering purchasing the book in hardcover so that I can just stare at it. Now as any avid reader knows, you really can’t judge a book by its cover. Some of my least favorite books have beautiful covers. In this case, however, the content of the book is as appealing as its exterior. Portia is a fantastic narrator – she is funny, informative without being boring, charismatic and easy to identify with. As is the case in many YA novels, she is trying to find herself – something that all of us can relate to (being a teenager was hard enough, imagine trying to be 16 and confused in ancient Egypt). I also really liked that she seemed to take everything in stride. Her twin, Alex, is pegged from page on as the smart one, but Portia has a very level head on her shoulders and it shows. Josey didn’t waste pages on Portia panicking, or rejecting her new surroundings. Yes, it took her a while to fully accept the reality of her situation, but she hit the ground running instead of freaking out, and that honestly endeared me to her as a character. Alex and Selene, the other two girls transported to ancient Egypt, were great secondary characters. Alex is one of those characters that you just love to hate. She comes across a bit self-centered, her sole focus being the safe return to present day. While it is easy to understand why she would want to go back – I can’t even imagine how miserable ancient Egypt would be without air conditioner – she completely ignores the bigger picture. I found myself getting frustrated with her every time she snapped at Portia or one of the priestesses, or really any one of the many people she took her anger out on. That being said, she remains unwaveringly loyal to her twin, no matter the situation. Selene was certainly a more reserved character. She was a quiet companion to Portia and I look forward to learning more about her in future books, especially given the events that transpired towards the end of The Blazing Star. Now, y’all know me, I have been known to enjoy the occasional book without romance, but I certainly can’t resist a good love story, and Josey delivers. While it doesn’t consume the book, Portia’s relationship with Seti was sweet and unexpected. I loved their interactions and looked forward to them. My fellow romance lovers will not be disappointed. I do have to warn you, this is a book that requires your undivided attention to read. I spent a fair amount of time re-reading pages and referencing previous chapters on multiple occasions. As my only knowledge of ancient Egypt comes from the Mummy movies, I struggled to keep up with all of the different Gods, Goddesses, High Priests, High Priestesses, and the Egyptian traditions. Quite a few characters went by multiple names and I got lost a few times. Despite all of this, The Blazing Star was absolutely worth the effort. It is beautifully written and its premise was wholly unlike anything that I have read in my many years as a fan of YA. My Takeaway: Imani Josey delivers a well written and original YA book rich with Egyptian history and mythology. While occasionally confusing to keep up with, The Blazing Star was worth the extra effort and absolutely deserves a place on my favorites shelf. I know Christmas is over, but can someone please sen
Adriyanna More than 1 year ago
THE BLAZING STAR by Imani Josey is an entertaining, well-written fantasy about strong female characters facing a dark force in ancient Egypt. This was a fresh take on time travel and goddess-given magic, and once I started reading I couldn’t stop. With strong messages of sisterhood, Josey has created a breathtaking debut. The protagonist, Portia travels the Rivers of Time to ancient Egypt with her twin sister, Alex and freshman Selene, and must protect Egypt from a power-hungry priest and humanoid monsters. Not to mention, learning to control her own new-found magical abilities called Heka. I absolutely loved Portia’s character! In the beginning, she’s shy and introverted, struggling to break out of her sister’s shadow. As the book progresses, we see her breaking free and becoming a stronger, bolder person. Alex is this super smart genius, who doesn’t understand why her sister would want to do things differently from her. I haven’t read many books where the MC is a twin, so it was interesting to read about these conflicting personalities. Portia doesn’t want to live in her sister’s shadow anymore and doesn’t completely hate the idea of staying in ancient Egypt. Alex just wants to go home and for everything to go back to normal. Selene is new to Portia’s school, so she and Alex are getting to know Selene at the same time as the reader. The first couple chapters were a bit rocky, it started off with Alex being given an academic award and I was a little confused. I definitely understood why the author chose to start the novel there – Portia had just cut her hair, it was the start of her breaking out of her sister’s shadow. After that, I was totally into the book. TBS starts off in the modern era, to set the scene a bit, but the parts set in ancient Egypt were completely captivating! The descriptions were incredible and I felt like I was actually there. It was almost like reading a diary or another primary source, just because of how real it felt. The reader almost forgets the MC is from the modern era, but every now and then Portia compares something from the ancient world to the modern. I loved these references, mainly because of the humour; Portia is such a funny character. There’s some romance but the focus is definitely on Portia’s character as well as the bonds of sisterhood. The romance hits a bit harder halfway through and boy I was not disappointed. I loved Prince Seti and I also loved the mysterious Merenptah, who we met earlier in the novel. There were some plot twists I saw coming and others I didn’t, but I loved them all! Especially the one surrounding Selene, which I won’t share because of spoilers. At first I was a bit disappointed about the romance being on the back burner but I started thinking about this book as a whole. It’s so original and fresh, and it breaks tropes. I started reading THE BLAZING STAR with the expectation that the protagonist would have this incredible romance with a prince (as is usual with some other time travel books I’ve read) and I loved that that didn’t happen, at least not right away. There are not a lot of well-written time travel books set in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, so it’s hard not to expect something that’s been done in every other book you’ve read. THE BLAZING STAR is a fresh, original take on the time-traveling-to-the-ancient-world books we’ve seen before. I loved the emphasis on sisterhood and Portia is a protagonist I’m unlikely to forget in the near future.