ARC Book Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

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Title: Zodiac

Author: Romina Russell

Series: Zodiac

Publisher: Razorbill

Released:  December 9th 2014

Book Blurb:

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.

Jan Review:

Provided via First to read

I really had no idea what to expect from this book but i heard the author talk on a show she was interviewed on and i read the blurb and the whole conecept of the zodiac being broken up into houses that each their own unique way of surviving was a new concept for me. Most of my reading tends to me more on the heavy fantasy side rather then the sci fi as i hate being bogged down with all the science terms. The author did a very nice job of giveing you this information but giving you enough story line that you had to know how this was going to play out. You wanted to smack the characters, you cried when certain ones where killed, you had a vested interest in the main character proving her point and saving her people. I love all the details sprinkled through out the story that you really can see how each of the places are and you feel like your actually their in the moments as they happen. Lots of great action throughout not to heave on the romance and very nice read all the way around and the ending did not leave me screaming as much as i thought it would when i realized it was not a stand alone she gives you a sense of an ending but enough of tease that you want more story. Great job.

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