#Zodiacbooks Readathon Review: Wandering Star by Romina Russell + Spotify Playlist


Welcome to my stop on the #Zodiacbooks Readathon tour! Since Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell is coming out at the end of August (the 29th!), now is the perfect time for a reread, if you’ve read the series before, or if you’re new to the series, reading through with the rest of us and joining in on the chats and various creative posts.

I’m pleased to welcome back anyone who has read my previous review/playlist for Zodiac. This time it’s a new review and playlist, all about Wandering Star by Romina Russell, the second book in the Zodiac series.


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Published: 8 December 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Category: Young Adult/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.

Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.

Rating: 4 Stars

Zodiac left our main character, Tho, at odds with quite a lot. Her people, the rest of the Houses, herself. Wandering Star is the next step in her journey to find balance and, just maybe, work towards saving others from the fate she’s encountered.

Rho has a lot to process in this book. Not only has she lost her position, but there have been casualties that hit very close to home. I have to say she handled these events better than I would have expected. There were some moments through the story where I wondered whether or not she was surpressing her feelings, especially with regards to Hysan.

Aside from Rho’s personal struggle, there were other characters that presented a strong front that I liked, from Houses all over the galaxy. Seeing them working together was hopeful, even though I know there will be tough times ahead. There are two more books before the end, after all.

I really liked the pacing in this book, possibly even more so than that of Zodiac. I don’t think that Wandering Star suffered from “second book syndrome” like more than one series I’ve read has had happen. Im curious if Black Moon will have those qualities instead?

Whether it does or not, it is clear Rho has a lot more to endure before her final peace will come, if indeed it can.

Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know what I find out and feel after reading Black Moon. My next tour date and installment in the Zodiac playlist series is coming up quickly (August 16th). Be sure to return to see how the Cancrian girl faces off against in her next battle.


Spotify Playlist

There were a lot of intense moments in this nove, a lot of emotions running high. It was certainly an experience, trying to find the right songs for certain chapters.

I had fun, even if some were more difficult than others. I created this playlist to share with everyone with my choices for Wandering Star’s soundtrack.


Wandering Star Soundtrack


Below you’ll find the tracklist in case you don’t have a Spotify account.


1. “Edge of Night” by Peter Hollins

2. “Ultron – Twins” by Danny Elfman

3. “Percy at the Lake” by Andrew Lockington, Nicholas Dodd

4. “Across the Stars” by John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra

5. “Arrest” by David Wingo

6. “Governments Should Be Afraid of Their People” by Dario Marianelli

7. “Shutting down Grace’s lab” by James Horner

8. “Sky Ferry” by Alexandre Desplat

9. “Flying Vessel” by Ilan Eshkeri

10. “Dumbledore’s Army” by Nicholas Hopper

11. “Who We Are” by Imagine Dragons

About the Author

243813_russell_rominaRomina Russell (aka Romina Garber) is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on ZODIAC, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.



Week One:

July 17 – Bookiemoji – Book Photography

July 18 – The Book Talk – Book Photography

July 19 – The Eater of Books! – Wandering Star Mood Board

July 20 – Picture Books to YA – Review & Cookie Decorating

July 21 – The Book Nut – Galaxy Playlist

Week Two:

July 24 – In Wonderland

July 25 – The Hardcover Lover

July 27 – The Swoony Boy’s Podcast

July 28 – Rachel’s Book Reviews – Live Tweet Reading of Wandering Star

Week Three:

July 31 – The Wednesday Blog

July 31 – Feed Your Fiction Addiction

August 1 – YA and Wine – Review & Mood Board

August 2 – The Hermit Librarian – Wandering Star Playlist

August 2 – MundieMoms – Spotlight

August 3 – Pen and Parchment – YA Characters & Their Zodiac Sign

August 3 – The Biblio Life – Spotlight

August 4 – Four Violet

Twitter Chat: August 6th @ 8PM EST Hosted by @buttermybooks @ ButterMyBooks


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Enter for a chance to win either one (1) grand prize set of Romina Russell’s Zodiac Series in paperback, including Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon (32.97) or to be one (1) of five (5) second place winners to receive a copy of Zodiac by Romina Russell (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on July 17th, 2017 and 12:00 AM on August 8, 2017.  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 August 16, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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