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Zodiac: Zodiac, Book 1

By: Romina Russell
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
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Publisher's Summary

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, 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. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy.

Now Rho 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 12 worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

©2014 Penguin Group (USA) LLC (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Russell's narrative mixes intrigue, romance, and adventure." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Beware the 13th sign!

There's very few stories that really capture my full attention these days. As an amateur astronomer, when I saw the cover for Zodiac it immediately caught my attention. I originally purchased the book on my Kindle just a few days after its release on Amazon. Needless to say once I started reading it I couldn't stop. Romina Russell creates this entire universe of different worlds and characters that are truly unique. This story has it all. Action, adventure, romance, etc.

Centered around 16 year old Rhoma Grace from the constellation Cancer, Zodiac takes you on a whirlwind tour through the Zodiac Galaxy. Meeting many people from each of the houses. My personal favorite being Hysan Dax from house Libra.

After reading the book initially, I decided to download the audio version. I make long distance trips quiet often and enjoy listening to a book while driving. Rebecca Gibel does a fantastic job narrating the story. She brings to life an already amazing story.

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It builds as it goes.

In the beginning I was not sure I would make it through this book that was picked for or book club, but in chapter 2 or 3, I had an increased interest. This is not my normal type of book, but did have an interesting story line, I was not crazy about the ending, but it was still a decent read. The Narrative was very well done, I doubt I would search for the sequel but if you like galactic novels, sci-fi and teenage love stories, this is right up your alley.

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Good book

Sick concept. Will continue reading the series. Was captivated from chapter one which is hard to do.

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Good, not Great

The premise was super clever but the story fell a bit flat. (I recommend Russell's more recent works!)

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Solid escape to another world

okay first things first: i did like the book and will get book two. really good ideas that lacked a little in execution. some editing or rounding out of parts would have made this book exceptional. pros and cons below.

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-world building is fun and inventive
-good ideas. like brilliant ideas
-fast paced action driven story

cons
-character development lacks substance
-annoying love interest detracts from plot
-parts were lacking... this book could have been a real winner with some more details on parts.

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LOVE!!

If you’re a fan of astrology and anything zodiac related I highly recommend this series! Second time reading it and still very good!! ❤️

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Interesting premise, but uneven pacing

I've had a copy of this book for years and never got around to it, so I finally dove in! It's an interesting premise, the different zodiac signs are now races of human. They have unique hair, eye, and skin colors along with different religious beliefs and ways of life. The world building was my favorite part, I feel like the author put a lot of time into it and it was fairly comprehensive.

Rhoma is an okay main character. She's in a hard position, thrust into leadership but no one believes her about the looming threat. At times I thought she let people walk over her and wanted to see her stand up for herself. Rho is also a bit naïve about other people's motivations and how politics work, but after being betrayed several times in this book, hopefully she's learned to trust no one.

Parts of the story were slow and seemed to be there to establish the various zodiac houses. The beginning and ending are packed with action, so maybe it evens out. I'm not sure if I'll read the second book, maybe I'll get around to it. I would like to see Rhoma and Hysan together happily

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love it!!❤

I absolutely love this book and loved the narrator ❤ absolutely amazing! I will always recommend.

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So good

Love this book
so interesting to read
One of the best books I read

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average

narrator was great but the book was average. didn't go on to the next book in the series.