Author: Romina Russell
Series: Zodiac #1
Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction
Release Date: December 9, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA
Rating: 2.5 Stars
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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
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?
fact that I didn’t like this book. As I started reading, a lot of other people
were saying that they were putting it down, couldn’t get into it, etc. But the
premise was so unique that I decided to keep going. Sure it had been slow so
far, but I was only 100 pages in. I loved the idea of the 12 houses of the
Zodiac, the space aspect, the fantasy element where they read the stars and
manipulate Psynergy. It was all so interesting. The world-building was rich and
It was… boring. Nothing really happened during this whole book. The
world-building, while very good, was complete info-dump and because the author
spent so much time making sure the reader was clear on every little detail
about the world, nothing really happened plot-wise. My soul is crushed.
romance! There was a minor love triangle, which was annoying. But the side of
the triangle I was rooting for was great. I loved the guy. He felt different,
had that swagger that I love, but definitely showed his insecurities and
about this book. It had all of the elements to make it amazing. Interesting
unique world, great main character, swoony romance, but somehow those pieces
just didn’t quite fit together like I wanted them to. I thought that if the
ending (last 50 pages) somehow redeemed it, I would be okay. But it didn’t.
Still, nothing happened. We got next to no information about the villain and
then it just kind of ended. Honestly, I don’t see myself continuing on with the