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Book Review: The Blazing Star By Imani Josey


Title: The Blazing Star

Author: Imani Josey

Publisher: Wise Ink Publication

Publication Date:  December 6th 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Links: Goodreads  .  Amazon  




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 in Ancient Egypt with her twin and a new freshman.

There, she uncovers the truth about who she really is, finds her voice, and learn about her real ancestors.

I have to start by saying ” LOOK AT THAT COVER!!!” Doesn’t it Diversify the fuck out of you????? An Egyptian, person of color is on it………..  I am an Egyptian Person of Color!!!!

I have to say that the plot was very slow at first, that I almost lost interest to finish it. However, Portia’s sassiness and non-stop “snarks” , even in the most serious occasions, never ceased to be. That kept me flipping the pages with a wide smile plastered to my face.

By 40% of the book, I was slowly, yet surely enjoying this book. I mean, with an unknown mystery, a coming of age tale, magic , and people of color everywhere, how could I resist??

I have to admit that I ended up staying up till 5 in the morning to finish the book . There was just so much to uncover, and also romance stuff were finally connecting!!!! 


Overall, I highly recommend this book. Yes, it was a bit too slow at first, but it is definitely worth it.

I give it 4/5 stars


About the Author:

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 turned her sights to long-form fiction. She now spends the majority of her time working on backstory, teaching dance fitness classes, and cuddling with her American bulldog, Thor.

                                                          The Blazing Star is her debut novel.


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