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Book Review : Zodiac @Romina Russell

zodiacTitle: Zodiac

Author: Romina Russell

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Razorbill (December 9, 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-1595147400

Genre: Fiction/YA–Scifi

Rating: 3.5 stars

Zodiac by Romina Russell started with a high rating but once the love triangle between the characters developed that was a wrapped. Personally there was no need for this triangle. It was obvious from the get go who Rho should be with but I guess you need to have a triangle between horny teenagers to get published. Whatever.

Here are some of the many lines that had me rolling my eyes:

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.


Bubbles of conflicting emotions rise within me. The feelings bump into each other like Libran cities, bouncing through my body and confusing my thoughts as I turn to face him.

Girl we get it. You’re confused about whether you want to be with Hysan or Mathias.

I guess she wasn’t confused when she made the rash decision to have sex with Hysan. All so she could feel something besides pain and guilt. Too bad she pretty much regrets it the next day because she doesn’t have the courage to tell Mathias that she and Hysan are a thing. I guess. This is the point of the book that Romina Russell and Zodiac loses another star because Rho uses Hysan for her own selfish needs without thinking of his feelings. Because when the shit hits the fan she wants to confess her love to Mathias.

My hands shoot up to stop him, but when our mouths come together, I realize how much and how long I’ve wanted this. The instant our lips touch, it’s an explosion. Hysan’s kisses have a progressive build, but Mathias kisses me with a passionate desperation that comes from somewhere so deep, it takes my breath away.

Really? If you knew you wanted Mathias from the get go you don’t have sex with Hysan know how he feels about you. That’s just wrong. We has females don’t want that to happen to us so why should we do it in return. For the record I’m no prude but I think regardless of what people think sex and emotions go hand in hand on some level. Anyway that enough of my rant. Back to the review.

Besides my harsh criticism of the dreaded love triangle, Zodiac was a fun read. It read like a movie in my mind. It was a fast-paced sci-fi adventure. Although I did had problems with the terminology. Sometimes it took me out of the book because of the words and how to pronounce them correctly. I like pronouncing things correctly. If not I feel dumb, even though I shouldn’t. Anyway, Rho is the quintessential YA heroine. She was raised in a one parent home since her mother abandon the family. She has a crush on an older boy since forever and she plays in a band. Normal. Right?

Well that all changes when a cataclysm event happens that forces Rho to be House Guardian of Cancer. That’s the highest position one can have in the Zodiac Houses. The only problem is that Rho is young soooo you know what that means. She faces obstacle after obstacle as she tries to tell the adults who is behind all of the misfortune that is taking place. Ophiuchus.

This is where the story get predictable because you know Rho is going to have a hard time trying to convince people that this mythology being from childhood stories is the one doing all the damage. Until… BAM something happens to reverse Rho’s luck. Rho to the rescue to save all Zodiac houses/planets. Seeing as there is going to be a book 2 you can guess how that turns out.

Yes Zodiac has it’s flaws and problems but with spectacular world building and a somewhat unique and different story, it makes up for that in the end. Will I continue on with the series? Yes. I just hope that Romina Russell works out the kinks and I’m not disappointed with the second installment. You know how it is. Book 1 is great but as the series continues the books become bad. We don’t want that to happen.

I’m looking for more character development with Rho and Hysan. They were so-so. I really couldn’t connect with her on an emotional level but I see potential. Hysan I actually liked and enjoyed but I want more from his sad and tragic I’m-an-ophan-with-no-real-friends routine.

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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 Cancrian 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.


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 graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core. This is Romina’s first novel.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review : Zodiac @Romina Russell

  1. I saw Zodiac at Barnes & Noble right after Christmas and was thinking of buying a copy. (You have to admit, the cover is gorgeous!) Now… I’m not so enthusiastic about it, especially if you think the love triangle interfered with the storytelling. I’ll have to read more reviews before I make a final decision. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sanovia.

    1. Not that the love triangle takes away from the story it’s just that there was no need. I mean if you’re trying to save the world who has time to think about boys? Just my opinion. I just hope the second book is better instead of worse. You know all about the second book/album curse that many authors and musicians face. As always thanks for reading.

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