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!
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
Author: Romina Russell
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.
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.
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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!
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?