Waiting on Wednesday – Spotlight on The Blazing Star by Imani Josey
“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
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
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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. 🙂
OMG, how brilliant does this sound? Egypt, sisters and Scorpions?! What a great pick! Here’s mine: http://editingeverything.com/blog/2016/09/28/waiting-wednesday-heart-henry-quantum/
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 🙂
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
Hopefully we’ll both love it!
That does look good. I love a good time travel, and that cover is stunning.
So do I and the idea of traveling back to Ancient Egypt just sounds fascinating to me. 🙂
Wow. I’ve never seen or heard of this one before but it does sound fascinating. I’m so glad you put it on my radar. At least the wait doesn’t seem too long!
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!
That looks really interesting and unique. I’ve also never seen it before. Nice selection!
Thanks! Hopefully it will be as interesting as it sounds 🙂
Oh ma gosh! That’s one alluring cover! And that blurb…I’m hella curious about this book now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Seems so adventurous. I mean, Egypt, monsters? Gimme gimme. Awesome pick!
Shane @ Itching for Books
Right? And I just love the idea of traveling back in time to Ancient Egypt.
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. 🙂
Hopefully it will be just as great as it sounds. Can’t wait to find out. 🙂
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! 🙂