Readathon: Zodiac by Romina Russell Review & Giveaway
Author: Romina Russell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Goodreads Synopsis: 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. more
Zodiac is a novel I had been wanting to read for awhile but hadn’t been able to get around to it, at least not until now and I can’t believe I waited this long. I was taken in by the descriptions of the Zodiac Solar System and everything that was part of this world. I’ve been interested in this novel since I heard it involved all of that, including the unique space theme and the different homes/worlds that existed. Even more so, how residence on those places were acquired through one’s upbringing and not necessarily by their actual astrological sign.
“Hovering in the center of the room, countless winking pinpricks of light form a dozen distinct constellations–the Houses of the Zodiac. Larger balls of colored light swirl among the stars: our planets and moons. In the midst of it all burns a ball of blazing fire: Helios.”
I wanted to know more about this world and how it came to be, how one became a part of it all, as well as those that were Acolytes. I became engrossed in this novel right away due to all of those skills and how everything was brought together to make this fascinating solar system. It all gets intense right away and Rho’s ability is brought to the forefront, changing things into an even more fantastical read.
“‘There’s a bad omen,’ I blurt. ‘A dangerous opposition in the stars.’ The Ephemeris shuts off, and the lights come on. Dean Lyll is scowling at me. ‘Nonsense. Show me your work.’ ‘I… forgot my Astralator.’ ‘You haven’t even done the arithmetic!’ He rounds on Instructor Tidus. ‘Is this a joke?”
“Sir, what if using the Astralator is shortsighted? What if I didn’t see the omen this time because the disturbance isn’t near our moons yet– it’s still at the far edge of Space? Wouldn’t the Astralator be unable to account for a distance that far?’ The dean sighs. ‘More nonsense. Oh well. At least you passed.”
Not only was Zodiac filled with detailed and captivating descriptions, it also included tons of fast paced storyline and action filled pages. There was so much going on in this novel that it was very easy to get lost in it and moved along pretty quickly. It doesn’t take long either before they start taking some of Rho’s foreshadowing seriously and she becomes a voice many will come to listen to and follow as well as one many will take as just a great storyteller with fears that can’t possibly have truth to them.
Along with all of that there is also a romance that’s being fueled throughout the entirety of this novel, with as much attention as the rest of the on-goings in its pages. I enjoyed reading about both characters that were at the center of Rho’s attention, of course it made things so much more difficult since each one had his own great qualities.
“There are two sides to the imagination,’ says Hysan, catching where my gaze has strayed. ‘There are two sides to everything,’ I say. Only I meant everyone. Maybe I meant Mathias. Or myself– after all, I never thought I could feel competing emotions for the same person. Or that I could be attracted to two people at the same time. Mathias looks at me with questions in his indigo eyes. I turn away, hiding my answers.”
Even with the continuous tugging of the heart by both Hysan and Mathias (I still haven’t made up my mind as to which is my favorite), I enjoyed much of everything that went on in the Zodiac realm. It kept my attention and more than anything it piqued my curiosity, making me wonder where the next book would be taking me. I will definitely be starting Wandering Star very soon as I can’t wait to find out what more awaits me in the rest of this series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From Romina’s website & Goodreads
Romina Russell (aka Romina Garber) 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 ZODIAC, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.
ZODIAC SERIES GIVEAWAY
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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 aboutJuly 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Many thanks to Penguin Teen for hosting this Blog Tour! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the novels in the series and can’t wait for the release of Thirteen Rising. Check out other bloggers also participating in this awesome readathon!