Black Moon

Black Moon

Book 3 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series. 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 mysteriou...

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Title:Black Moon
Author:Romina Russell
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages

Black Moon Reviews

  • Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
    Nov 22, 2016

    It seems like only yesterday I was turning the pages of Zodiac, book one in the Zodiac quartet. Yet here I am attempting to review the third installment.

    is without a doubt my favorite book in the series, 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??

    What I love about the Zodiac series is that each book expands, deepens, and complicates the plot of the series. Each new d

    It seems like only yesterday I was turning the pages of Zodiac, book one in the Zodiac quartet. Yet here I am attempting to review the third installment.

    is without a doubt my favorite book in the series, 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??

    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.

    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

    . 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. :)

    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

    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.

  • Reyna~I've gotta be on my own~
    Jan 28, 2016

    THERE IS A TITLE I REPEAT THERE IS A TITLE WHAT COULD THAT MEAN OMG THIS SERIES IS SO GOOD WE HAVE TWO MORE BOOKS YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    UPDATE

    Oh my. The cover is here. It is everything I could have hoped for. I'm going to go cry as I wait for this book because WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL DECEMBER!!!!

  • Andrew Jason
    Mar 19, 2016

    UPDATE 3/25: WE HAVE A COVER, OH MY GOD IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND IT WOULD LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL WHEN IT WILL BE ON MY SHELF!!!!!!!!!

  • Elena-Loredana
    Jan 09, 2017

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    4.5/5 stars.

    Awesome world building! The images pictured by the author are amazing! This book has it all. Character development. Big reveals. Or should I say HUGE! :)) Ok. Ok. I am gonna stop the jokes. We finally get some answers regarding the Zodiac's origin. Now we finally know what happened with the thirteenth house. The big bad villain if finally revealed. And I am glad that some of my brain-storming theories were right.

    YEY!

    Unfortunately,

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    4.5/5 stars.

    Awesome world building! The images pictured by the author are amazing! This book has it all. Character development. Big reveals. Or should I say HUGE! :)) Ok. Ok. I am gonna stop the jokes. We finally get some answers regarding the Zodiac's origin. Now we finally know what happened with the thirteenth house. The big bad villain if finally revealed. And I am glad that some of my brain-storming theories were right.

    YEY!

    Unfortunately, we have some deaths and betrayals. Good part is that we also have some alive and coming back to life characters too. Hint-Hint! There are twists and turns in this book... Man! I literary throw my iPad aside screaming "What!?!"

    That ending thou! Clap-Clap!

    How could you, Romina? How could you?!! Now I have to wait... let me see... until August. Well, it is better than December.

    I love that the author brings into question a lot of the ethical problems we go through in real life. And the characters' response to them reflect the ones you, me, your friend, or a person X will give. It makes you think. You learn to see from a different perspective. The author does not present only the good option. She also offers the bad one. And... It feels more realistic that way. Opinions were not forced on me. That, dear reader, is what I love in a book.

    One last note, this is a slow-ish paced book. Make sure you are in a mood for it.

    This is my sole opinion. ^_^

    Also, feel free to check out my other two reviews on book one and two,

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  • Alyssa
    Mar 25, 2016

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    Black Moon by Romina Russell

    Book Three of the Zodiac series

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Publication Date: December 6, 2016

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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 grou

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    Black Moon by Romina Russell

    Book Three of the Zodiac series

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Publication Date: December 6, 2016

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    People often question why some readers continue to read a series that they are not totally enjoying. Why waste your time? What's the point? Well, folks, THIS novel is why I keep reading a series that I might not completely enjoy. I liked Zodiac but was a little disappointed by Wandering Star, but I enjoyed Black Moon a lot. THIS is why I keep reading - because I hope that the series will get better, and how else would I know but to keep reading?

    In this third novel, Rho and her friends are trying to navigate in the minefields of politics while also trying to discover the truth about the master and the Marad. Bouncing from House to House, Rho doesn't know who to trust. Her friend Nishi invites her to House Aquarius to support the Tomorrow Party, a new group that has emerged with grand plans of a House-less planet not under the jurisdiction of the Plenum. It seems like fate, since Rho has Seen her mother as an Aquarius. But everything is not as it seems on the Aquarius planet, and the truth will shock everyone.

    The thing I liked probably the most about this book is Rho's character development. FINALLY I feel like I am completely on her side. She grows so much in this book, more than she did in Zodiac and Wandering Star combined (in my opinion). She is always riddled with guilt over lives lost and taken, how much she's sacrificed and how many people she has hurt. But she is learning to take the hurt and move forward, rather than wallow and shut down. Rho has to be more and more of a politician in this book, and I think she handles the constant secrets, truths, scheming, and double-crossing well.

    Another thing about Rho that I was totally on board with... she finally sorts out her feelings. It's obvious to us readers that she knew all along, but I like how Rho comes to those conclusions. The beginning of the book seems like two steps backwards, but about halfway through, Rho is very definitive and assertive, and clears the air with both boys.

    I hate love triangles, and 90% of why I felt disappointed by Wandering Star was because of the resurfacing of the love triangle (surprise! Mathias isn't dead, at the end of Wandering Star). But even though I hate the love triangle in the previous book, I think the author did a REALLY good job of making it disappear, in this book. I will say that both boys are alive (i.e. the author didn't do the cliche kill-one-of-the-boys-to-resolve-the-love-triangle). But the way the author removes the love triangle is really well written, in my opinion. And for me to say that... well, you all know that I abhor love triangles. This book wouldn't have gotten more than three stars, if I thought the love triangle was something more in this book. I LOVE that it disappears.

    To avoid spoilers, I won't say much specifically about the romance, but I loved the romance and the direction that the author took it. Good for Rho, for sorting everything out, and NOT stringing along anyone (too much) in the process. She is intimate with one guy throughout all three books, and it is wonderful to see that she knows her mind and sticks with it, and separates past feelings for the other boy. I loved the romance, and I'm very happy with it.

    I love how political this book was! There is a lot of politics, and Rho is much more than a figurehead leader. She goes to Aquarius to join the Tomorrow Party, but she recognizes that things aren't as they seem. Rho uses her influence and her skills wisely. She doesn't trust anyone, and is always looking for ways out. She's smart, and it's good in politics.

    This book has a lot of parallels with events of the world today. House Cancer was practically destroyed, and the other Houses are wary of the refugees, because the Marad (think terrorists) are among the refugees of the destroyed Houses (besides Cancer). Sound familiar? How about what is happening in the Middle East, and the reputation of the refugees, how countries won't accept them? I like that Russell "went there".

    One of the reasons why I stuck with this series, despite hating the love triangle in Wandering Star, is because I love science fiction books, especially novels set in space. Russell does a great job with the world-building of this series, and she has created a unique world and setting. This is science fiction with some elements that almost seem magical, and I love it.

    So many revelations in this book! There is no way that this could be the end of the series. I am really looking forward to reading Thirteen Rising.

    What I Did Not Like:

    I'd mention the love triangle, because while it does disappear about halfway through this book, it's there in the beginning. I like that Rho is definitive in this book, but obviously I wish she had been from the start. I hate love triangles, and while I liked this book a lot, I will warn you that this series (at least, Wandering Star) does have a love triangle (though it's pretty much confined to Wandering Star, and it's not too bad - she's only touchy-feely with one guy).

    Would I Recommend It:

    I highly recommend this series if you like space-related science fiction novels in YA! However, I can't recommend this series if you hate love triangles. I don't regret reading this series up until this point, but part of me wishes I had waited to possibly binge-read the books. I might have been more "okay" with the love triangle. At this point (with only one more book to go, and the love triangle being completely resolved by the midpoint of this book), anyone who hates love triangles (like me) is sort of safe to binge-read the series.

    Rating:

    4 stars. Of the three books published so far, I think this one is my favorite. I'm most impressed with Rho's character growth (you go, girl!), but I also love the developments in the romance, and the plot twists that lead right up to the cliffhanger ending. Bring on Thirteen Rising!

    THE COVERRRRRRRRRRRRR, HOW I LOVE IT SO!

    I didn't enjoy

    as much as I'd hoped, but I am looking forward to reading this book!

  • Krista Dison
    Dec 07, 2016

    Romina does it again! Black Moon did not disappoint. I'm still sitting here after reading feeling as though I've taken some Abyssthe myself. I'm totally buzzing!

    I love this galaxy of unique characters Romina has created. Each book takes us to a new constellation, and we get to see more of each house. I love all the worlds!

    Another thing I enjoy about these characters is the diversity. Each house has its own characteristics when it comes to appearance, personality, and lifestyle. Rho is so accep

    Romina does it again! Black Moon did not disappoint. I'm still sitting here after reading feeling as though I've taken some Abyssthe myself. I'm totally buzzing!

    I love this galaxy of unique characters Romina has created. Each book takes us to a new constellation, and we get to see more of each house. I love all the worlds!

    Another thing I enjoy about these characters is the diversity. Each house has its own characteristics when it comes to appearance, personality, and lifestyle. Rho is so accepting of the many cultures. I love how fierce she is to unite everyone. She's a visionary. It's great to see a fantastic role model for young people in this context.

    The book does get political at times. Many themes parallel today's current events. Which to me is awesome! Rho only has her voice. She isn't a super hero or magical. She's a girl with a vision of a future where the Zodiac galaxy is united. It's quite refreshing to see her find herself and discover just what kind of impact she's having in her galaxy. I've seen other reviews complain about this. I'm not sure why. Romina has written beautiful characters I feel, at times, we can all relate to. We NEED more of this today. We need more people to speak their minds!

    So many questions were finally answered, all while new ones were created. Can Thirteen Rising come out tomorrow? It's so hard to wait between each installment of this story! I wish it didn't have to end in the next book.

  • Adrian Koch
    Dec 14, 2016

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THAT ENDING?! ARE YOU TRYING TO GET ME TO THROW A BOOK? BECAUSE THATS HOW YOU END UP THROWING BOOKS.

    Otherwise this was a delightful read, amazing world building, great tension, 0/10 will *love* that ending, 10/10 might consider throwing the book.

    Seriously, I loved this one. Especially since the cover is gorgeous and doesn't look like poop. Yes, I, Rian, am a cover whore. I'm so glad I picked this series up on a whim 2 years ago and am so proud to work at a books

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THAT ENDING?! ARE YOU TRYING TO GET ME TO THROW A BOOK? BECAUSE THATS HOW YOU END UP THROWING BOOKS.

    Otherwise this was a delightful read, amazing world building, great tension, 0/10 will *love* that ending, 10/10 might consider throwing the book.

    Seriously, I loved this one. Especially since the cover is gorgeous and doesn't look like poop. Yes, I, Rian, am a cover whore. I'm so glad I picked this series up on a whim 2 years ago and am so proud to work at a bookstore where I can sell it.

    But still Romina, are you trying to pull a Pierce Brown? Ruuuuuude. #goldensonwillfuckyouup

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    Nov 14, 2016

    Gah I don't know why I thought this was the end of the series! But as I read I knew there had be another book coming. It was really good but not my favorite of the series. Also there's one thing that made me rate this a 4 instead of a 5 but I can't say because it's spoilery. But I do really want to see how the series ends so I will be reading book 4.

  • Claudia Verónica
    Dec 31, 2016

    A diferencia de los otros dos libros, en Black Moon vemos menos acción, lo cual no es para nada malo. Es un libro más político y estratégico pero no por eso lo amé menos que los otros dos. Los nuevos

    A diferencia de los otros dos libros, en Black Moon vemos menos acción, lo cual no es para nada malo. Es un libro más político y estratégico pero no por eso lo amé menos que los otros dos. Los nuevos mundos que visitamos en este son simplemente maravillosos, no me voy a cansar de decir lo increíble que es el mundo que creó Romina.

    Encontré varias respuestas que venían de las entregas anteriores y estoy satisfechas con ellas.

    Y bueno, Hysan Dax....my cinnamon roll. Ya desde las primeras páginas del libro me di cuenta lo mucho que lo extrañaba y ver que pasaban los cspítulos y sólo lo mencionaban me desesperaba un poco.

    Ah, y ese final!!! POR QUÉ TERMINA ASI!!!??? La espera para Thirteen Rising va a ser muy pero muy larga...

  • Kamalia
    Feb 09, 2017

    3.5 stars. Perhaps i read this at the wrong time, but unfortunately i was disappointed with Black Moon. The pace felt really slow, and i felt like nothing much had really happened. I was also disappointed with the development of most of the characters. Some of them had changed, and not in a way that seemed consistent with their development from the first two books. Basically i felt like I didn't know some of the characters anymore. Could it be because it's been nearly a year since i read Wanderi

    3.5 stars. Perhaps i read this at the wrong time, but unfortunately i was disappointed with Black Moon. The pace felt really slow, and i felt like nothing much had really happened. I was also disappointed with the development of most of the characters. Some of them had changed, and not in a way that seemed consistent with their development from the first two books. Basically i felt like I didn't know some of the characters anymore. Could it be because it's been nearly a year since i read Wandering Star and i forgot a lot of detail? Perhaps. But still, i was not impressed with the plot nor the characters, and unfortunately even the romance and the writing couldn't save it for me in this one. Some of the dialogue had seemed...awkward? Too formal? I don't know, maybe it's just me. I lost interest so many times and sort of just blanked out while reading. I loved Zodiac(4.5 stars) and i thought Wandering Star was a decent sequel, but i expected a bit more from Black Moon. I really really wanted to love this book but it felt a bit like a filler book to be honest. I'll still read the final book, and i hope it'll save this series for me.