Zodiac by Romina Russell

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December 9, 2014

Zodiac was one of those books I didn’t think I was going to finish, but I am glad I did. It took quite a while for me to be able to get into the book and actually want to continue to pick it up again.

Initially I thought the book was off to a great start. I loved the opening few chapters! There was great world building and imagery and I felt for sure it was going to continue. Then it kind of stalled. For several (read: A LOT) of chapters it was just movements. Things that probably did need to happen, but it wasn’t exciting or really moving in terms of accelerating the action.

The major thing that really turned me off with this book and made it difficult for me was all the information given to us. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was all info dumping, but the information did seem pertinent to what was going on in the story at the time, but there was just so much information constantly thrown at us. Russell was very ambitious in trying to create unique personalities traits and worlds for each of the houses. I think overall, she did a good job, it just bogged down the flow of the story at times.

I feel like there was supposed to be a love triangle in there, but I don’t think it worked out the way she wanted if she did. If this was supposed to be a full-blown triangle then more time should have been devoted to it, since there was not I can only assume Rho had only one love interest and one guy she was confused about. I honestly could have done without it, but I don’t feel like it hurt the story that much.

Another thing that irritated me was that Rho was so hyper focused on Ophiuchus and how he was this big bad that by ¾ of the way through the book I was sick and tired of every mention of him and I could see why people thought she wasn’t focusing on the right things. It was even more disappointing when it was obvious this book was intended for a series and there was no actual resolution at the end.

Overall if you are looking for an adventure in space revolving around the zodiac then give this one a shot. I don’t regret reading it, but I am still uncertain if I will read the others.