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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 really enjoyed how this book started because it felt like such a contemporary novel at first. Then all of a sudden it switches and the characters are transported into another time and place. And one of my favourite places to boot..Ancient Egypt. The writing was full of action with great characters who just needed that extra push. Through out the entire novel, I was throughly rooting for Portia. The writing flows impressively with all the magical wonder of Egypt.
The main characters are superb with well-rounded personalities, each of them distinct. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Portia and her main love interest. It was so refreshing to read a novel where chemistry is good and not cheesy or over-the-top romantic. I also love how the relationship between the two sisters were strained enough to keep them friends and be as competitive as rivals. My favourite part was the world building, having set in the past and then adding all the magic? It moved rather well. I didn’t really think the killer scorpions were too scary, I would have been more interested in humans being possessed by an unseen dark force, but they added a nice visual detail to my imagination. The main aspect that drew me to this novel? That beautiful gorgeous diverse cover. I love seeing a POC on the cover, and I will do what it takes to read more diverse reads and this one was a great one to start with.
Overall, this was a wonderful diverse novel that had me turning the pages, and wishing for my own source of magic to appear mid-air.