Showing posts with label zodiac. Show all posts
Showing posts with label zodiac. Show all posts

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Best and Worst Books of 2015 | End of Year Book Survey!

I can't believe the year is over! I can't believe I've been blogging for almost two years now. 

Here are my tops and flops of this year. Every second answer may or may not be READY PLAYER ONE.

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?
Young Adult: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
Adult: I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER by Sophie Kinsella

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

  • ZODIAC by Romina Russell: I just love everything space and astrology. It's a shame that this wasn't for me.
  • THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin: Just no.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 
STARTERS by Lissa Price. Hello favorite book.

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Yeah, you - read this!

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? 
Series: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Best Sequel: The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan 

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS. Give me more!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Non Fiction: ANATOMY LESSON by Matt Spadafora

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline. Am I going to answer every question with this book? I might.

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James. I'll definitely reread this before I pick up the sequel!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
ZODIAC by Romina Russell

11. Most memorable character of 2015?
Baz from CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell. The only thing I liked about this book to be honest. 

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015? 
“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
from THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
A GAME OF THRONES - 835 pages
BITCH PLANET - 156 pages

17. Book That Shocked You The Most:
CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare. What a disappointment. Just the mere fact that this and that dubious incest plotline exists - nope.

Honestly? I don't think I had one this year. I'd probably have to go with an old favorite (I did read some VA sequels this year, so it totally counts!!!!)

Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year 
Cassie & Sammy from THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
DON'T LOOK BACK - Jennifer L. Armentrout

21. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

22. Best 2015 debut you read?
HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James.

25. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
THE CHASE by L.J. Smith

26. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
LOVING by Katrin Bongard

27. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

28. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare. Incest. Enough said.

Feel free to leave your link in the comments if you did the survey!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

[Review] Zodiac (#1) - Romina Russell

In ZODIAC, humanity has long left the earth and moved on to another group of planets named after Zodiac signs. Telling the future is the new science of this galaxy, until one girl starts predicting the impending doom of all twelve planet constellations brought upon them by the mysterious thirteenth star sign.

Why it intrigued me: I love everything astrology and I'm a sucker for books with a space theme. Also, this probably has the most beautiful cover of 2015.

Mediocre World Building Can't Carry This Premise

Though the premise is very, very promising, Russell absolutely fails in world building. The biggest problem of the book is that it's set in a distant future instead of an alternate timeline or fictional world. Having those twelve planet constellations named after the star signs with each person living there having a personality associated with that star sign, is pretty hard for me to believe. Even taking this as just high fantasy concept, it's nothing that we haven't seen before.  *cough* DIVERGENT *cough* 

ZODIAC has this nice concept and promising idea of fortune-telling futuristic humans living somewhere in space, but that's it. A lot of it doesn't make sense and the biggest problem is that so many concepts are named, but remain unexplained. I don't even remember all the specific names for emperors and soldiers and matriarchs. There is so much lingo in this and so much unexplained, complicated pseudo-world building that I was just at a loss at some point and felt like giving up. 
I'm not sure what the world of ZODIAC is trying to be. High fantasy, futuristic, science fiction, something entirely unique? For a different galaxy there is just too little imagery to even create a world in my head. 

From Zero to Holy Mother of Everything??

I'd forgive all the issues I have with the confusing world of ZODIAC if the characters were decent and likable. Rho Grace is a fortune teller from the planet Cancer that somehow is able to tell the future without any science-y gadgets. So far so good. She's one of those blank slate characters that you can't help but not care about because she doesn't really have a personality. 

But then she randomly gets promoted to emperor of everything and addressed as Holy Mother for literally no reason at all and her voice and everything just changes and I felt like I must have skipped 300 pages of character development by accident. Honestly, I've never had the issue with too much character development before, but this novel will probably become my standard example. 

The whole novel is simply about her trying to convince everyone that someone coming from the ancient long forgotten thirteenth planet is trying to kill everyone. Along the way she also falls in love with two very easily forgettable, replaceable love interests who I'm sure were pretty much taken straight from SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi. It's just every cliche every packed in an insanely beautiful cover and thrown into space. Can I get my time back?




Overall: Do I Recommend?

You can try, but it's just too light for me. Nothing I haven't read 700 times before and with a way better execution. It's every debut YA novel ever smashed into one. I'm grieving for the wonderful premise.

Additional Info

Published: November 9th 2015
Pages: 448
Publisher: ivi
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Space and Other Planets
ISBN: 9783492703819

"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?"(Source: Goodreads)

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