Readathon: Zodiac by Romina Russell Review & Giveaway

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Author: Romina Russell
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Pages: 325

Author Website|Book Depository|Goodreads

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


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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.

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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.

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a Rafflecopter 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 aboutJuly 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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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!

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 – The Hardcover Lover
July 4 – Wandering Bark Books – Spotlight
July 5 – The Eater of Books!
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


  1. Kristy Petree

    June 30, 2017 at 5:23 am

    I’ve seen this series around, but never gave it much attention or thought because I didn’t realize it was space themed (something that has really captured my interest this year). Now I’m actually excited to read it! Thanks for hosting. 🙂

    1. Jen

      June 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Yes, this is one that I had been looking at online for awhile. It had really caught my attention and saw there was going to be a fourth coming out in a few weeks, so knew this was the perfect time to read them. Will be starting the rest of them soon 😊

  2. danielle hammelef

    June 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for the great review today! I love that this book had a well-crafted world and made you want to continue reading this series. The covers are stunning!

    1. Jen

      June 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you as well for taking the time to visit my blog and read my review! And yes, love those covers, they are gorgeous, especially Thirteen Rising’s cover. Can’t wait for its release!

    1. Jen

      July 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for stopping by! 😊


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