Beware of the 13th Sign

Title: Zodiac (Zodiac #1)
Author: Romina Russell
Publisher: Razor Bill
Published: December 9, 2014
Hardcover, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59514-740-0
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads 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, 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?

My Thoughts:
I was completely taken in after reading the summary of this book. I'm sure I'm like many other people in the world who are fascinated by horoscopes. I don't believe in it, but just the idea that the location of the planets and stars can make or break you is interesting. 

As the title suggests, this book is about the zodiac. There are twelve planets all named after different zodiac signs.They all have different rulers and have different abilities. Such as Cancer, where Rho is from, has the ability or strength of nurturing. For many, many years the planets have all lived in harmony but also separately--guarding their secrets. However tragedy strikes when a disaster hits House Cancer, leaving Rho as a Guardian. Which is like being president. Rho soon discovers that there is a sinister plan afoot to bring down all the houses. She must convince the other houses to stand together of fall separately.  

At first this book moved at a slow pace for me. While I found the setting up of worlds and societies interesting, it was kind of mind boggling trying to keep it all straight. From the very beginning I was sucked into the world that Romina Russell created. Once I got started, I didn't want to put down the book. I liked the main character, Rho. She's thrust into a leadership position before she's even finished with school. She has to grow up rather quickly. She has help from her adviser, Mathias, and a mysterious boy, Hysan. As you can probably guess there is a love triangle here. I didn't mind it so much, but others may. 

The ending was kind of surprising and it left me wanting to read the next book immediately. Unfortunately I have no idea when it will be released. This is a book I'd recommend to anyone who likes science fiction and fantasy. 

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