The Blonde Bookworm: Zodiac by Romina Russell - Review

Zodiac by Romina Russell - Review

Friday, July 14, 2017

Title: Zodiac 
Author: Romina Russell 
Pages: 325
Publishing: December 9th 2014 by Razorbill
ISBN: 1595147403 


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 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?


Zodiac is the first book in the Zodiac series, and it is absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD (pun intended)! I've been hearing so much about this series, but I never had the chance to sit down and read all of the books. I'm so glad I finally took the time because I absolutely love the world that Russell has created. 

The world building involved in Zodiac was absolutely stunning. At first, the strange words and descriptions were a little overwhelming, but I was able to quickly visualize the world Russell envisioned. I loved the characters and the constant adventure and action. The main character Rho was ambitious and daring and I loved her fearless attitude. As always, I enjoy a bit of romance, and there was definitely a good bit of romance involved in Zodiac. 

I absolutely loved this novel and could not put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the novels in the series in preparation for the release of the fourth book, Thirteen Rising on August 29th. Thank you so much to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy YA fantasy novels. 

Rating 4/5 


GIVEAWAY: Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Romina Russell’s Zodiac Series in paperback, including Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon (32.97) or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive a copy of Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on June 26th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on July 17, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about July 21, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

ZODIAC REREAD SCHEDULE: Check out these blogs for reviews, spotlights, mood boards and fun Zodiac themed activities! 

Week One:
June 26 – Paper Trail YA 
June 26 – Live Love Read 
June 26 – Novel Knight 
June 27 – The Book Lounge
June 28 – YA and Wine  
June 29 – Life Within The Pages 
June 29 – In Wonderland 
June 30 – The Book Talk 
Week Two
July 3 – Picture Books to YA 
July 4 – The Hardcover Lover
July 4 – Wandering Bark Books 
July 5 – The Eater of Books!
July 5 – Teacher of YA
July 6 – The Hermit Librarian 
July 6 – Swoony Boys Podcast 
July 7 – Mundie Moms
July 8 – Quirky and Peculiar

Week Three
July 10 – The Biblio Life 
July 10 – The Book Vortex
July 11 – Fly Leaf Chronicles 
July 11 – The Book Nut 
July 12 – Resch Reads and Reviews 
July 13 – Four Violet
July 14 – Novel Novice 
July 14 – The Blonde Bookworm
July 15 – The Book’s Buzz

Twitter Chat: July 16th @ 8PM EST Hosted by Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles


  1. I enjoyed your review today. Thank you! I love that this author has created such a fantastic world that seemed real and made you suspend your beliefs and jump inside. I can't wait now to have an entire series to read.

  2. I'm excited for the series and excited that it has a space theme, something I didn't realize until this tour. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Tattoo designs of zodiac signs are turning out to be increasingly more famous among tattoo lovers.


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