Title: Zodiac (Zodiac #1)
Author: Romina Russell
Release Date/Publisher: December 9th 2014 by Razorbill
Finished: October 28th 2014
Pages: 336-ARC-given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
What I Thought:
I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
When I started this book I was trying to come out of a bit of a slump so I was really hoping that wouldn’t ruin it for me. But I enjoyed it! I normally don’t read books that are sci-fi (not that I don’t like them it’s just that they usually don’t hit my radar) but this had a sense of fantasy added in. There’s just a bunch of good stuff in this one, and only minor things that kept it from being 5 paws.
The main downside is that there is a love triangle in this! I still don’t get why every book these days has to have one, but while I kind of wish it wasn’t in this book it didn’t ruin all of it for me. The parts of the book where she connected with the guys and got all swoony weren’t my favourite, and I probably would have liked this even better if it wasn’t included and she just tried harder to go after Ochus. It would have made the ending more epic.
I really loved the zodiac mythology and how there were different planets for each one. I think it was actually my favourite part of the book. They each had their own strengths which was actually talked about so I didn’t feel like I was missing a ton of information. For instance Aquarius was Philosophy. They talked about most of the planets and their Guardians and a few were even visited which was so cool. The space travel was really awesome too, especially later in the book. The idea of the people being able to read the stars and the Psynergy playing a big part was awesome. although it wasn’t in the book as much after a certain point.
If you’re looking for a good science fiction with a touch of fantasy and mythology then give this one a try, even if you’re sick of love triangles.