Author: Imani Josey
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley to review.
Summary: 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 was really excited to read this book. before starting, i hadn’t heard much about it. i loved the fact that it was a time travel novel featuring ancient egypt and the main character is a woc. the general concept was really good, but when reading it, i felt something was missing.
one of the biggest issues for me is the lack of world building. so i absolutely love ancient egypt. i think it’s so fascinating, and completely underappreciated. but while reading this, it felt like any other ancient- world type book or historical fiction. nothing really made it stand out. i think with a bit more world building, this book’s world would’ve been able to stand out a whole lot more.
another thing i struggled with was how confusing it was. this could entirely be my own fault as i was listening to the book while doing other things, instead of devoting my whole attention to it. in the second half (by second half, i mean after they’ve travelled to ancient egypt) i got extremely lost. things were happening too quickly (with the introductions of characters, among other things. i had no idea who was who.) there just wasn’t enough development. i found the pacing of the novel to be really slow for the most part, even though the book is set over a decent length of time.
(i feel weird saying that some things happened quickly but the pacing was slow. i hope you know what i mean by this because i have no idea how to explain it.)
i just want to say, that although i have mentioned quite a few negative things, i did really enjoy the characters. i loved the relationship the three girls had. i do plan on reading more books in this series, even though i didn’t like the blazing star as much as i’d have liked. i believe imani josey has the potential to write some amazing things and i’d like to see where this series goes.