Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: "Zodiac" (Zodiac #1) by Romina Russell

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)Zodiac by Romina Russell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary 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 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



 I found about this book as I searched for something new on the sci-fi genre. Then the cover was revealed and I liked the book even more. Then I finally got the book in my hands...

And what did I find?

Rho is from Cancer, a beautiful contellation with vivid seas and honest, good people. When tragedy strikes she will find herself in a very difficult position and then her adventure will begin. Along with her is Mathis, her Guardian and Hysan a Libran with witts and humor.

Now here's the thing. I don't, really, really don't like love triangles. And after the ending of the first book, I hope nothing similar will be repeated. I will stay at that.
On the other hand this book had the greatest world-building I have ever seen. It was truly beautiful, original and the concerpt of the evil was also something between magic and physics. Rho is a timid character but as the story progresses she becomes stronger. Mathias and Hysan also add on the spice along with a row of secondary characters who either help or try to stop Rho from her mission. Some scenes between the protagonists were really great but some others, ehh, not so nice *shrugs*.

As for the second book, I really want to see more romance and this time, please make it worth. Overall, this was a good debut.

About the author:

 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.