Waiting on Wednesday – Spotlight on The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.

My “Waiting On” Wednesday selection for this week is The Blazing Star by Imani Josey.  The absolutely gorgeous cover is what first caught my eye with this book, and then once I read the blurb, I knew I just had to read it.  It just sounds like it’s going to be such a fascinating read.

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey


Publication Date: December 6, 2016

From Goodreads:

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.

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Here’s an excerpt from The Blazing Star from Imani Josey’s website:

“His words ran together, muffling as if underwater. Enunciate, I wanted to tell him—we had that kind of relationship—but my mouth was the driest sand. My heart raced as needling ripples spread across my palm, tiny pinpricks followed by pulsating heat.

My classmates watched Mr. Pomey, oblivious to my discomfort as the scarab’s shine amplified to painful brilliance, its blue like gleaming waves crashing overtop each other. And in this blazing sheen the tiny figures on the scarab, the ancient hieroglyphs, became comprehensible script. To my beloved, the blessings of Amun, I read, as that uncomfortable heat ignited me from the inside out.”

From The Blazing Star, Chapter One- Lightning Strikes

Source:  www.imanijosey.com

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your WoW selection for this week. 🙂

16 replies
    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Right? It sounds very cool and I love the idea of time traveling back to Ancient Egypt. Can’t wait to check out your pick for this week 🙂

  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    This is the first time I’m seeing this one and the cover truly is stunning – it’s also caught my attention straight away. It also sounds interesting which is great so it’s gone onto my TBR. 🙂 Thanks!

    My pic for the week is Timekeeper by Tara Sim

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I hadn’t heard of it until last week when I happened to see the cover reveal in my twitter feed. It was so beautiful that I had to investigate and really liked what I read. And yay for not having to wait too long!

  2. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    Ooh, this sounds so interesting! I think I’ve seen this book around a few sites, but I hadn’t actually heard what it was about yet. I’m not normally to into time travel things, but this certainly sounds great. 🙂

  3. Olivia @ The Candid Cover
    Olivia @ The Candid Cover says:

    This book has two things that I am excited to read about: twins and Egypt! I have only read middle grade books that have Egyptian themes and I think that this one sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it! 🙂

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