Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crown Review #43 - Zodiac

Zodiac - Romina Russel

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Series: Zodiac, #1
Length: 325
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

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?

Home is within me, no matter where I go, no matter what happens to our planet or our people.
Last year, I knew I was going to get a Kindle Fire for Christmas, so I started looking out for deals on ebook and Zodiac was the first book I downloaded when it was on sale for the holidays. Zodiac was one of the books I was always wanting to read because I thought it took an interesting take on horoscopes and was curious to see how it would all play out. In the end, I loved it. 

My first thought was how was this world going to be created. I wanted to know the history and mythology behind the new world. The world-building exceeded past my expectations as each horoscope sign was like their own world and culture. The differences were described from the main character before and during her expedition to each of the sign to prevent disaster upon them. Each sign has a different "language" or sayings for many things like ways to communicate, even when universal.

However, there were times that was could be "boring." These scenes only happened a couple of times, but not in a major way. I would not say the scenes were unneeded, just could be more improved. Also, the love triangle seemed very stereotypical and I was not a major fan of it. I really wished the Rho did not have to have sudden feelings for 2 boys (that also happened to go on the expedition with her). Each time this was brought up, my reaction was to quickly wrap it up and move it on. There was also that one scene where I was like "Rho, you're to young!" I am not even sure how that scene got into the book.

The mythology behind the story was my favorite part. I loved learning how the signs came to be and how the 13th House became the enemy (and still is). I was worried that the mythology would not be good as I believed that the mythology behind this story would be very crucial. The stories that have been told was very interesting due to many reasons. The overall story and mythology that many seem to agree on and the variations of the stories told through the different signs. In the mythologies we now, we can tell that some stories are told differently between different areas and cultures. This was just the same in the different signs in space.

In the end, did I enjoy this book? I did, although it could be better in different areas. The world building and mythology was the best parts of the story. The relationships and stuff could have been improved and some scene just needed a boost. Will I continue the series? Why not? 

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