Book Review | Zodiac by Romina Russell

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My first book of science fiction in a while or in 2017. Turns out to be. 
Sorry for the dramatic book pic. Lewls.
Goodreads Summary

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?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

I dont know why but Zodiac resembles ACOMAF. Only in a bit different way, such that Hysan Dax have a slighty same pronunciation as Rhysand. I found this book was actually entertaining in telling casual jokes. I laugh by how straightforward it is, but it was the first book of the series what can I expect from the main character?
Surrounding Environment
Every houses or civilian in the Zodiac world believe that Ophiuchus was only a legend, such as Rumplestistkin in our real world. It was child ghost story. So when Rho announce that all the misfortune they encounter was actually Ophiu doing, no one believe her, and surprisingly that including me. 
Albeit all the scene where she meet the real Ophiu there is something fishy about it. I can tell because civilians and board of the Guardian was totally neglecting for her childlike story. Her own Royal Guard and ambassador does not believe her and I really thought she had been deceived but God knows who.  And for Rho, she’s just a child, so fragile and lots of eagerness making her so clumsy by doing so much mistakes and lead her to a more irrevocably ways. Hmm. I pity her so much and it annoy me. 
The Characters
Rhoma Grace – Annoying as she was just too stubborn and a noob in deciding her role as a House Leader. Shes so desperate in building her own misfortune world and the only things that she always think of is how to combat Ophiu. She was just so desperate, desperate telling the Zodiac, desperate to search who will believe her, desperate in attaining her crush heart. She was totally a disaster. 
Hysan Dax – The only one who believe Rho, and he is a Guardian too only he have been pointed since eleven so he and the previous guardian make a plan to disguise his truth identity. He fall in love with Rho and i’m rooting they will be together. 

Marthias – The Royal Guard of Rho and happen to be her crush. Pftttt, the love triangle was really sucks. I have all the reason in this world to not fall in love with this guy but Rho did! I dont know what she’s sees in him but I guess its just because love is blind. :3
The World Building
The Zodiac world was huge, I have hard time to imagine the coolness of the device but I enjoy on how the character interacts, the cultures which features by every Zodiac sign, it was funny and hilarious, the joy of being child like and discovering the world.  
The book was just okay from me but I just want Rho grows into a more powerful and badass characters. Right now on book one she had a desperate judgement in her way of life. I want her to be exact of putting her love to, just dont give her the reason to fall in love with two person at once, its actually sucks and I have to read all through the book knowing that those guys were been took for granted, none of them actually valuable to her. I hate her for playing with a man’s heart especially Hysan. Hmmph. Noob girl.
I’m sorry on how much I hate Rho, but tbh I’ll come back for the sec book with hopes that she’ll learn how to live with more credibility towards her role, find the strength of her heart and gives up everything just for Hysan. Because I like Hysan more than Marthias, Marthias is a &*(&(^. :3
Rating : ★★★☆☆

Welcome Into Bookish World

  • Terima kasih @imanpublication providing me a free copy in exchange with a honest review. Belum habis baca sebenarnya tapi nak post dulu lah teaser. 😋
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Dah baca 180 pages and I love it! Okay sy cuba berlaku adil dengan buku-buku yg sy pernah bca sebelum ni. But this one, was one of its kind. Susunan ayat, installing the character personalities semuanya menjangkaui telahan yang saya telah fikirkan berkenaan novel-novel melayu 😂.
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Daebak! Hanya satu ayat menunjukkan betapa saya kagum akan novel ini. But I need to dig more sebab tak selalu buku melayu membuatkan semangat membaca saya membara 😉. Tahniah penulis atas penulisan setengah novel yang begitu dramatik dan intimate.
  • QOTD : What book make you cringe to do something after reading it?
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Last week I've been indulge myself in gaming assuming an assassin role mentioned in #projekathena. The mutual connection between the role both in the book also in ML make me cringe to know what its like to be an assassin. Eventually I fall in love with her. So my next move is climbing up the local rank for that particular heroes 😂. I blame @syeraho for this. .
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Back to this book, its been a tearful journey, it was a long reading but a worthy one. I bet one can finish it in one sit as the words uses is simple and understandable.
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Not to mentioned it was my first book from HF. Honestly its hard to rate this kind of book, where islamic lifestyle and fiction were blend together. For my version of rating, I tend to give high rate to the book which has intimate, personal connection to the reader (me), so for that reason I'll give 4⭐. Even after catching a headache resulting from tears streaming last night 😣. .
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This book recommend for a light reading, bedtimes stories also to those who keen to seek assuring words of His Promises. No particular reader, I think its just suit for everyone. Also a nice book to read it Ramadan!
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The book synopsis gonna be in the comment below :
  • Alhamdulillah done reading a malay science fiction about Projek Athena : Manusia Ciptaan (trans : Athena's Projeck : Human Building). Thank you to @imanpublication for providing me a physical copy of this book in exchange with honest review.
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And it was a fun reading towards the end. And syabas @syeraho for your first novel! .
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This book recommend to those who love actions because Syeraho write a beautiful chereofighting, well mostly in words - and that something to praise with!
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I'm currently constructing in depth review for this book and will update it soon on Goodreads - read on GR cause  i'm hiding all the spoilers and leave you with all the good parts, lols 😜.
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Rating : 3/5 🌠. Sorry there are pro and cons so I'll settle with this first 😉 and also dont judge by my rating cause im just a very stinky person 😅. .
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Setiap buku harus punya awal niatnya yg tersendiri (Eyqa, 2019).
  • QOTD : What book do you bought only because of its cover?
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First time encounter buku published by @katapilarbooks ialah masa baca Syif Tengah Malam. Rupanya this is penerbit yg penulis dia dikalangan doktor, misi also yang bertugas di hospital.
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One of many reason I like about them is their cover yg lain dari yang lain. Mcm this one.
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Jadi izinkan saya post pasal book cover mendahului book review dulu ya. 😂
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Okay sekian. Saja nak bagitau cover dia cantik. 😉
  • Big thanks to @prologmed cos hosting a GA for this book last year 💖.
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Akhirnya dapat juga habiskan buku ni. Dalam buku ni ada enam cerpen yang bertemakan time travel. Buat yg mendambakan peluang kedua dalam waktu yang terbatas, pembaca diajak untuk menilai semula sekiranya kita bisa merentas masa untuk mengubah sejarah, adakah kita akan lebih bahagia dari sekarang? Or worse? Or dlm erti kata lain kena baca dlu buku ni baru tahu 😂.
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Dalam enam cerpen aku paling terkesan dengan yang ada love story with bit of plot twist. Yang ada karakter yang kuat dan background cerita yang baik. Sometimes rasa geram but another time rasa bahagia tgk kebahagiaan character biarpun fiksi semata.Tak nak bagi spoiler jadi ckp secara am sejalah yer.
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Overall it was a good book. Kalau fans tentang Hermione with Time Turner, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child boleh lah try baca buku ni, setiap kisah ada teladan masing-masing. Yang tak akan dapat dinilai melainkan dengan cara membacanya sendiri. Hahh suspen takk? .
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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 cause I want more. The book alone tak cukup 😂.
  • Saya tidak selalu reviu buku-buku agama kerana semuanya sangat membantu dalam meningkatkan pemahaman kepada AQ dan AS.
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Buku ni lebih ringkas dan praktikal dalam memahami apa sebenarnya rezeki. Penulis membuat pilihan cerita yang tepat dalam merungkai makna yang tersirat, bahawa rezeki tidak hanya dtg dalam bentuk wang ringgit. Satu bacaan yg berharga dalam meningkatkan amal bersedekah dan menolong insan yg memerlukan. Bahkan juga dalam menolong diri sendiri yang kesempitan.
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Ramai manusia ingin kan kebahagiaan, tapi tak semua akan merasainya dan ramai manusia takut untuk diuji tapi semua akan menghadapinya. Read Al Imran : 142
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Ini adalah antara buku yg membantu sy memahami indahnya rezeki. Bahawa di dunia ini, rezeki kita pada akhirnya akan ada dalam tiga bentuk sahaja yakni :
⭐ Makanan yg kita makan
⭐ Pakaian yang kita pakai utk tutup aurat
⭐ Ilmu yg telah kita pelajari dan amalkan
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Sempena bulan Ramadhan yg bakal menjelang dengan ini thehundredpages akan lebih membaca buku-buku islamik terbitan tanah air. 😉😁
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Semoga melayuku lurus. Amiin.
P/s : oh ya selepas baca al Imran 142, baca balik ayat 139 😉