Book Review: Wandering Star (Zodiac #2)

Wandering Star  by Romina Russell
Book Two in the Zodiac series
Rating: 4/5 stars
Started: April 9, 2017
Finished: April 11, 2017
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.

This book was quite amazing and also an emotional rollercoaster. Things REALLY went down during this small journey. We also saw some amazing character growth. Overall I really enjoyed this book and really loved it but there were a couple of things that kept me from rating it all 5 starts and considering it a book I would love to reread.

Pros:
World in the Book: To start off this book is going in my top books because of the FREAKING AMAZING DIVERSITY THAT WE SEE I JUST LOVE THIS. The different houses each have their own different identities, technologies and ways of life including their values. Honestly I really felt connected to this world. It is so well thought out and covers many things that at times many writers don’t think to cover,or find important. BUT I LOVE THIS. Not only does it show the writer really thought out the world they created and can literally live in it but it makes the story that much realer and amazing. Another thing was the fact that you could read this book and not have to remember much of the world’s technology and still understand. I felt it had an amazing writing in the way we learned about this world while not having to suffer through tremendous-head spinning information dumps.

Characters in Book: This book had these amazing characters that had their own personal view and opinion that in real life and in the book people clashed against and supported.

Romance?: I feel a bit confused on this. This book does not have my favorite type of romance aka Love triangles. Butttt I do have a strong ship for this being Hysan/Rho JUDGE ME I DON’T CARE!!. As for what actually happens…..READ THE BOOK.

Main Character: Although I do have a con section for her  as a character moving and away from the love issue thing. That really kind of is the only reason this does not have a higher rating on my part. She has grown sooooo much as a character and has become the excellent leader many people felt she would become. She really did some amazing self discoveries that helped her find her true self and who she wanted to be and what she wanted to believe in. She has become so much wiser as a character I just really loved. She was also a really relatable-ish character. The way she would make mistakes and blame herself for them and just all the frustration she had at herself because of all the pressure she suffered not just as an ex-guardian but as a teenager that had so many things expected of her when she just wished her life could go back to normal is what many people would relate to. Then how she just kind tried to run from her problems only to in the end realise that was wrong, now that was really inspiring and amazing.

Cons: I honestly hate this section. I wish books were everything I love about reading but this wouldn’t be a book review exactly if I just wrote about everything I liked/loved about this book and not the things the irked me. So here were the Cons to this book.

World in Book: N/A  I just really loved this world

Characters in Book
A big con for the characters were that some of them I kind of lost track of and didn’t feel as real as the others. I would really remember most of the supporting characters but there were a few that at first did not seem important, to only come back and affect the main plot drastically.

Main Character: 
Rhoma Grace…my dear girl Rho…at times I felt she was just being a bit of a drag. I really felt she was a strong character and even through her pain that she would take that and turn that into a will to fight and get what she wanted but instead we get her mopping that she lost the guy she had a crush on and she had literally thought about basically all her school life….WAIT DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A CLICHE?? So this was my issue here, once again teenage girl is stereotyped into thinking about her crushes and her love life and just HOW SHE CAN FREAKING CHOOSE ONE GUY. I am not big on love triangles and this had a strong relationship with one. In the moment I would be cheering for one guy more than the other…but when I really thought about…..It was stupid and at times frustrating.

Bookish Lessons: I really did learn a whole bunch from this amazing story. I just wish I could write everything this has taught me. Seeing as I can’t here are some things that really spoke to me.

For this book I really learned a lot about self discovery and just about learning to have confidence in yourself. You also see a lot of growing up from the characters and see the suffer through the pain of losing lost once. Plus diversity is not a thing of just real life but something that should and hopefully will continue to grow everywhere.

I honestly did love this book and might reread this in the future, but there is a small hint of doubt in the corner of my mind. As a story this is really inspiring, has so much diversity, and is a real treasure to behold. SO YES YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE. Make sure to Comment your thought on this review and this book. Have you read this book yet? If so what do you think about it? If not do you want to?

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