Blog Tour: Black Moon


Black Moon is without a doubt my favorite installment in the epic sci-fi Zodiac series by Romina Russell, and here's just a snippet of what you can expect: action, kissing, a royal ball, magical creatures, suspense, betrayal, and deception. What more could I ask for??

Today I have the immense pleasure of kicking off the blog tour for Black Moon. This blog tour will give you a peek at the fashion sense of the various Zodiac houses and planets. As an Aries myself, I thought the Aries people in Zodiac would go for a bold, edgy look with lots of deep red and black. A mix of sophistication and beauty and grace. Here's what Romina had to say: 

Aries:
The Majors of Aries go to battle in a blood-red fireproof uniform, made from the wool of their House’s Rams and woven so tightly as to be as impenetrable as the toughest of metals. They pair the suit with the Helm: A warrior’s helmet that, in addition to protecting one’s head, also provides a polarized, panoramic view of the battlefield and alerts the wearer of any incoming attacks or problematic vitals.

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About the Book:

Author: Romina Russell
Series: Zodiac #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: ARC via Publisher (thanks!)
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One final secret stands between Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?

Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared in the Zodiac Galaxy.

But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars.

When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth--but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.

Review:

What I love about the Zodiac series is that each book expands, deepens, and complicates the plot of the series. Each new development really heightens the urgency and makes the readers invest in the story that much more. Black Moon takes place two months after the end of the last book as Rho takes on her new status as Wandering Star and investigates the Marad terrorist group and other potential threats to the Houses.

I love the extensive culture and worlds that Romina crafts from the twelve Zodiac Houses. It's fascinating to hear about their different gadgets and technology, their values, culture, and how they go about their everyday lives. We visit three new Houses in this book, and I like how this book really devotes time to explore these Houses and the characteristics of their worlds. Romina creates some amazing elements in the different Houses and some of my favorite scenes are just her descriptions of the diverse and fascinating settings. Her world-building has always been a strong suit and she really let her imagination run wild in this installment. I was also relieved by the lack of information dump in this book. Sci-fi novels tend to be very complex by nature as the setting is greatly expanded to an entire galaxy with lots of advanced technology and such, but Romina found the perfect balance.

Rho has definitely changed from the innocent and naive protagonist that she was at the beginning of Zodiac. I like that Rho really asserts herself in every situation and is growing into the leader she was meant to be. She trusts her instincts more and she's less afraid to listen to them. I felt like this book moved at a much quicker pace because of Rho's maturity and decisiveness. Rho's romantic entanglements also straighten up in this book which I greatly enjoyed!! The romance and swoons are spot on. :)

Black Moon also captures space politics in an interesting way. A new political party, The Tomorrow Party, has formed and I liked seeing the workings of the politics. Although this novel takes place in a setting so unfamiliar to us, Romina still chose to address issues we face in our lives.

Romina's superb writing has consistently gotten better as she writes more books. I thought the pacing and flow of this book was the best of all three. Her plotting was stellar as well as we see all the details from the previous books and Black Moon building up towards something even greater to come in the final book. It'll be a painful wait but definitely worth it.

Overall if you've read any of the Zodiac books I highly recommend you continue the series as each subsequent book gets better! If you haven't started the series and would like a sci-fi adventure novel then this is the series for you.

Giveaway:

Enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a set of the Zodiac books by Romina Russell, including one paperback copy each of Zodiac and Wandering Star, and a hardcover copy of Black Moon (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $41.00).  Plus, four (4) runner-up winners will each receive a paperback copy of Zodiac (ARV: $11.00 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM (EST) on December 5, 2016 and 11:59 PM (EST) on December 20, 2016.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 23, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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Schedule:

12/5: A Perfection Called Books (Aries)
12/6: Eater of Books (Taurus)
12/7: ButterMyBooks (Gemini)
12/8: The Book Nut (Cancer)
12/9: The Hardcover Lover (Leo)
12/12: Oh the Book Feels (Virgo)
12/13: Book Briefs (Libra)
12/14: Mundie Moms (Scorpio)
12/15: Two Chicks on Books (Sagittarius)
12/16: Swoony Boys Podcast (Capricorn)
12/19: Twinning for Books (Aquarius)
12/20: The Dark Faerie Tales (Pisces)

Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

You can find her on Twitter @yaperfectionist & Goodreads.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely review! Simply can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Black Moon!

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