ZODIAC Review and Giveaway!


I’m so excited to participate in the Zodiac reread tour today! With the release of Thirteen Rising quickly approaching, it is officially time to begin the Zodiac readathon! Join Penguin Teen, Romina Russell, and a host of incredible book bloggers to celebrate this beautiful series and don’t miss the Twitter Q&A’s that will be happening for each book!

Wine Pairing

The world building in this book is just so much fun, with the Zodiac signs making up the houses the characters belong to and thus determining their strengths and characteristics. Being from House Cancer is such an important part of who Rhoma is, that I had to pair Zodiac with this 12 Signs Cancer Pinor Noir12 Signs Cancer Pinor Noir!

 *All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

About the Book


Title: Zodiac

Author: Romina Russell

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: December 9, 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.


My Review


I am so enthralled by the world that Romina Russell has created in Zodiac. She has beautifully combined science fiction and astrology to craft a setting that is every bit as breathtaking as this gorgeous book cover.

The characters are divided into separate houses based on the zodiac signs, and the common attributes of those signs manifest themselves in the characters’ traits and strengths, which is such a fun and original approach to character development.

The plot is incredibly fast paced and high-stakes right from the very beginning. When tragedy forces Rhoma into an unpredicted position of power, readers get to see behind the scenes of the political machinations taking place in this world, which is very intriguing and helps balance out some of the intense action scenes that occur throughout the story.

Yes. There is a love triangle in this story. I personally am not a hater of love triangles in novels as long as they make sense and work well within the story, and I do feel that that was the case in Zodiac. There is some sizzling romantic tension between Rhoma and both Hysan and Mathias. I found the dynamic between the three of them scintillating and so much fun to read.

I also love me a good villain, and Zodiac has an excellent villain. Russel does a good job of showing his treachery while hinting at the motivations behind his actions.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I found it entertaining and imaginative and really enjoyed the dazzling setting it took place in. I’m so looking forward to the next book in our readathon, Wandering Star, and hope you’ll join us!

About the Author

From Romina’s Website


Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a Virgo to the core.

Enter the Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Romina Russell’s Zodiac Series in paperback, including Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon (32.97) or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive a copy of Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


Follow the Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to check out all the amazing blog posts for Zodiac and stay tuned for news on the Wander Star tour!

Week One:
June 26 – Paper Trail YA – Spotlight
June 26 – Live Love Read – Spotlight & Zodiac Magnets
June 26 – Novel Knight – Spotlight
June 27 – The Book Lounge
June 28 – YA and Wine – Review & Wine
June 29 – Life Within The Pages – Review
June 29 – In Wonderland – Book Look
June 30 – The Book Talk – Spotlight
June 30 – The Heart of a Book Blogger – Mood Board
Week Two
July 3 – Picture Books to YA – Review & Zodiac Decor
July 4 – Wandering Bark Books – Spotlight
July 5 – Teacher of YA
July 6 – The Hermit Librarian – Review & Zodiac Playlist
July 6 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review & Book Look
July 7 – Mundie Moms
July 8 – Quirky and Peculiar – Spotlight
Week Three
July 10 – A Perfection Called Books – Cancer Mood Board
July 10 – The Biblio Life – Spotlight
July 10 – The Book Vortex – Spotlight
July 11 – Fly Leaf Chronicles – Review
July 11 – The Book Nut – Reading Habits By Your Zodiac
July 12 – Resch Reads and Reviews – Zodiac Inspired Makeup Look
July 13 – Four Violet
July 13 – Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile – Zodiac Inspired Snacks
July 14 – Novel Novice – Styled By Books
July 14 – The Blonde Bookworm
July 15 – The Books Buzz – Zodiac & Galaxy Nail Art
Twitter Chat: July 16th @ 8PM EST Hosted by Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

Have you read any of the books in the Zodiac series yet? Are you participating in the reread? Will we see you on the Twitter chat hosted by Brittany’s Book Rambles on the 16th?

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29 thoughts on “ZODIAC Review and Giveaway!

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I enjoyed the wine pairing today. I think these covers are stunning and are my favorites. I love that the author built a believable world and created characters that bring out such strong emotions.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you! It’s definitely one of my favorite wine pairings so far. The covers are fantastic. They did such a great job with them.


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      LOL. I had a lot of fun with it, and there’s going to be some really fun Twitter chats as we go too, so you should totally get it! 😉


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, Meggy! That is always really fun for me. Even though it takes a lot of scouring the local wine store to find good ones. 🙂


  2. Kristy Petree says:

    I’ve seen these books, but I never paid close enough attention to see that they’re space based books. I’ve become a space reads fan this year (okay, I’ve only read a few, but I loved them) so now I’m interested! Thanks for hosting. 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I’ve only become a space reads fan in the past year too. Ever since I read The Diabolic actually. 🙂 But I do recommend this one. I had a lot of fun with it. 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I actually had never read a space setting in a novel until last year! I would HIGHLY recommend The Diabolic and Illuminae for your first space reads. They are an excellent introduction. 🙂 This is a really fun book too, of course, but those are truly in a league of their own.


  3. ashley says:

    I’ve read the first two twice already and once Thirteenth Rising is published I’ll be re-reading the first two for a third time, and the third one a second time. I also have a signed copy of Black Moon!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, awesome! So glad to hear that you’re a fan. I just think the world she’s created is absolutely fascinating. I really enjoyed it! That’s awesome you have a signed copy!


  4. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    This sounds like another great series to add in my efforts to expand my reading. I need to learn to stopping hating on love triangles and embrace them haha. They can be done well at times. Also, I do love a good villian 😉 That wine bottle though ❤


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Hahaha! I think there is a trend to hate love triangles, because we were so inundated with them for a while. The pendulum will swing though. It always does. 🙂 Good villains are the best! And thank you! ❤


  5. Melanie Noell Bernard says:

    Wah! I’m so jealous you got picked for this! 😀 It looks so amazing, and since I just got the first book I’ll definitely be participating in the read-a-long. Now… I just need to actually start the book. Hahahaha!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I still can’t believe I got picked for this honestly. LOL. But I’m thrilled that I did. It’s been a lot of fun! You’ll have to let me know what you think. 🙂


  6. Jen says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Ohhh I don’t mind love-triangles either. As long as the characters are fabulous and the one I want ultimately ends up with the girl, then all is good in the world lol! 😉


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I’m so happy to hear other people saying they don’t hate love triangles. They are getting so much hate right now. And LOL. I feel like the one I usually like does not end up with the girl. I’m still okay with that though. 😉


      • Jen says:

        I remember what it was like to be 21 and unsure over which guy I should be with lol. But there wasn’t any end of the world stuff going on in my life, and the decision was made sooner rather than being stretched out. 😉 Yay for still being okay for picking the wrong one! I’m still upset I picked the wrong one in the Shatter Me series ha 😂.


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Yeah, I’ve never been faced with end of the world situations myself. Probably there aren’t YA novels written about my teenage years. LOL. Hahaha! Oh no!!! I haven’t read that series yet, but I need to get on it before the new books come out!


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