The Zodiac re-readathon continues! This week kicked off the Black Moon re-read, which I couldn’t be more excited about since this is my favorite book in the series so far. I am also going to be co-hosting the Twitter chat for this book on August 27th with my friend Sarah from The YA Book Traveler! It’s going to be so much fun, so be sure to join us!
What Makes a Great Villain
One of my favorite things about these books and Black Moon in particular is the villain! For me, there are a few key components that make up a truly great villain, and the villain in the Zodiac books certainly illustrates all of them.
They Have a Great Backstory
When I interviewed Charlie N. Holmberg a couple weeks ago, we discussed what makes a complex villain, and she said that every villain should be written like they are the hero of their own story. I could not agree with that more. For me, getting to see a villain’s backstory and understand the motivations for their terrible actions is crucial. I want to see how their character evolved into what it has become. It makes them a much more complex and believable character.
They Have Widespread Influence
What’s a villain if they don’t have minions? A truly great villain is one who can get a large number of people to agree with their despicable ideals and help them to carry out their evil plans. It becomes even more interesting when their influence is so pervasive that our heroes no longer know which characters they can trust and which ones they cannot.
They Have Mental/Magical/Physical Powers to Rival the Hero’s
What’s a good vs. evil story without an epic showdown? In order for the story’s stakes to be at their highest, and for readers to truly engage with the major conflict in the novel, the villain has to be strong enough to be a true threat to our hero.
We Have to Love to Hate Them
A really great villain has got to be pretty terrible. Even once we understand their motivations, those motivations can’t be enough to justify their actions. The things they do still need to be awful enough for readers to just love to hate them.
About the Book
Title: Black Moon
Author: Romina Russell
Pub. Date: December 6, 2016
Book 3 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.
One final secret stands between Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?
Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared.
But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars.
When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.
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 August 7, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 28, 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 September 1, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
About the Author
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.
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!
August 7 – A Perfection Called Books – Hysan Appreciation Post
August 7 – Bookiemoji – Book Photography
August 8 – The Book Nut – Mood Board
August 9 – YA and Wine – What Makes a Great Villain?
August 10 – In Wonderland – Black Moon Book Look
August 10 – The Hardcover Lover
August 11 – Swoony Boys Podcast
August 14 – Here’s To Happy Endings – Review
August 15 – Picture Books to YA – Review
August 16 – Live Love Read
August 16 – The Hermit Librarian – Black Moon Playlist
August 17 – MundieMoms
August 18 – The Eater of Books!
August 21 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Book Photography
August 22 – The Book Talk
August 23 – Four Violet
August 24 – The Wednesday Blog – Zodiac Fun Facts
August 25 – The Biblio Life – Spotlight
Who are some of your favorite literary villains? What do you think makes for a good villain?