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Wandering Star (Zodiac #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,736 Ratings  ·  438 Reviews
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 Ga
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Razorbill
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Romina Russell Hi again Andrew! <3
Thank you for your questions--and all the ZODIAC love! :) The biggest obstacle I faced at the book's outset was that I knew very…more
Hi again Andrew! <3
Thank you for your questions--and all the ZODIAC love! :) The biggest obstacle I faced at the book's outset was that I knew very little about astrology. So the first thing I did was spend some time familiarizing myself with the signs and their traits in order to craft characters and worlds that would suit each one.
The next hardest part was having to think up *thirteen* different Houses, with varied planetary systems, people, governments, cultures, wildlife, landscapes, etc--after finishing the first few, I was worried I'd run out of ideas! One of my tricks for when that happens is to draft a long list of options--I'll brainstorm as many possibilities as possible, pushing myself to continue listing ideas even after I think I've run out, and usually by the time I get close to #15-ish, I'll be past the cliches and getting into the good stuff. <3
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Macarena Yannelli
Que libro tan maravilloso. Muchísimo mejor que el anterior. Romina se superó en esta entrega. Tanto el argumento como los personajes como todo, es adhdkskl, definitivamente recomendado. LÉANLO
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Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Wandering Star by Romina Russell
Book Two of the Zodiac series
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Ga
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Okay, okay, después del final tan potente que tiene Zodiac no sé por qué no había leído antes Wandering Star. Creo que, inconscientemente, sabía que el final de Wandering Star me iba a dejar muriendo y hecha pedacitos, así que estaba esperando a leerlo cuando Black Moon se viera más cerca en el horizonte, jajaja.

Cuando empieza Wandering Star, Rho ha sido desacreditada frente a todo el Zodíaco, la han tachado de charlatana y ha perdido su puesto como Guardiana de Cáncer. Y, por si fuera poco, ha
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dare I say this was better than the first??? Yes I think I can! When I read Zodiac I had a hard time getting into it but I loved it by the end! I didn't have that issue with Wandering Star I loved it from the first page! I am so in love with the characters and this amazing world and I was so happy that we got to see a few different houses in the Zodiac. I was brought to tears quite a few times and I found my self grinning like a damned idiot in a few different scenes. I can't say when or I will ...more
Erin Lynn


Warning: There may be spoilers for Zodiac in this review. Read at your own risk, if you have not yet read the first book in the Zodiac series.

Holy Helios! For those of you who have read Zodiac (and if you haven't, go get yourself a copy right flipping now!), Wandering Star picks up a few weeks after the catastrophic ending that left readers of this stellar science fiction series in
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
2.5 stars rounded up.

These books are the equivalent of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes set in space. So that tells you the level of quality. But for some reason right now I still kind of want to know what happens? Maybe by next month I won't care.
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fast-read
The explosive sequel to the sci-fi action-packed "Zodiac" brings more galactic traveling, character growth, plot thickening, swoony romance, and mystery to keep readers fully enthralled. Full review to come!
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wandering Star is the sequel to Romina Russell's YA Sci-fi novel, Zodiac. I read this book a whole month after i finished reading the first one. I loved the first book and can say that i really enjoyed the second! I am rating this beauty 4.4 out of 5 stars!ALSO: HOW FREAKIN GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER!

The story and plot
I thought that the story started off a little slow, and it didn't get that exciting until the second half of the book. It wasn't at all a bad slow start though, because i did keep want
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I received an ARC copy of Wandering Star in exchange for an honest review, and let me just say, I was so excited when Romina DMed us and told us we were getting a copy! Amber and I are both huge fans of Zodiac, the first book in the series, which we read last year and absolutely loved. I have never really been one for science fiction and fantasy, but this series is one that caught my interest from the first page and refuses to let me go.

Wandering Star is the second book in the series, and it fol
Ashley Daviau
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the first in the series. It felt forced to me pretty much the whole way through, the story just didn’t flow as well as in the first book. There were some pretty epic battles and moments that left me gasping in disbelief which is what absolutely saved this book for me. So I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, it was just meh.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. OH MY GOD. This series just keeps getting more intense and I LOVE it! This is turning out to be one of my favorite Sci-fi book series ever. I'm not much a fan of the love triangle that's happening, and it seems to be moving slower than the rest of the plot which throws me a bit. But the main basis of the series is out of this world (forgive the pun). So many great topics and lessons being thrown around. Diversity, acceptance, empathy, freedom. Just fabulous.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wandering Star, the highly anticipated sequel to Zodiac by Romina Russell was just as well-written as its predecessor, pure and simple. Although Rho has been cast out by her fellow Cancrians and the majority of the Houses, her faithful friends and allies have never stopped believing in Rho and the vast power she possesses to see the possibilities of what is to come. In truth, the battle has just started.The appearance of Marad, a deadly terrorist organization more organized, capable, and advance ...more
Patry Fernandez
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alyssa Powers
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book! Zodiac was one of my favorite books last year, and Wandering Star is most definitely one of my favorites this year! The world-building is, well, OUT OF THIS WORLD! Romina has brought Astrology to life in the form of worlds, goverments, technologies and even the citizens of those planets. Making the story connect and interweave itself into your mind. We all know our Astrological Sign (I'm a Gemini), and seeing what kind of planet I would have lived on was so cool, but ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-real-shelf
Review to go live on the blog in December along with an interview with the lovely Romina Russell but here's my initials thoughts after finishing.

This might be a sci-FI story but Romina's words ring true in society today. We are so quick to judge others while we should judge ourselves first. I don't normally highlight my books but when I restart this in the morning I'll be highlighting quotes to find in my finished copy.

Then my IG post (I repeated stuff but need a place to display my fangirling
Flor C.
Extasiada, enamorada por completo de la historia, su galaxia y sus personajes.

Lo que me faltó en Zodiaco para terminar de amarlo. Apareció de manera automática con este segundo libro.

Costó menos ya que me acostumbré a la cantidad de detalles para construir las casas, la tecnología y el aspecto de cada miembro. Porque si, hasta en los rasgos que hacen diferentes a los integrantes de cada signo la autora presta vital importancia.

Los sucesos se van narrando solos, en ningún momento sentí que lo que
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
No creía que un libro tan bueno como Zoadíaco se pudiera superar, pero sin duda estrella errante es impresionante, no tengo una palabra mejor para describirlo. He disfrutado cada página, cada personaje... todo en general ha sido increíble. Sin duda ya es una de las mejores sagas que he leído. La narración es fluida y al conocer todos los términos e historia es mucho más adictivo que el primero, que ya de por si lo era, además de que encontramos una inteligencia fantástica. Estos días de lectura ...more
Esteban Parra
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La historia se siente mucho más madura que la anterior, menos introductoria como debe ser, más humana, y al mismo tiempo conserva y crece en lo que a buenas descripciones respecta. Romina Russell desborda creatividad y nos regala experiencias indescriptibles y lugares de ensueño.

Una lectura sumamente enganchante, pero con un final no tan atrapante como hubiera querido.

Esperando por que la noche traiga pronto la luna negra...
Claudia Verónica
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Necesito Black Moon YA!!!
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's tough to decide, but I think Wandering Star might even surpass the first book. So many questions are answered while even more arise.

We get to see Capricorn and visit Sagittarius, Nishi's home planet. I loved how vividly everything was written; it's like a movie inside your head the entire time. The enviroments were beautifully described and I loved seeing every Houses own unique sense of style and culture.

As I flipped through the pages, I grew to care more and more about our heroes: Rhoma
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Rinse and repeat is how I felt about book two. I should copy and paste my review from book one as my feelings between the two books haven't changed that much. I do have to say that I felt like Wandering Star had a stronger start versus Zodiac but it then seemed to fall off a bit. Even with the book being 400 + pages some plot lines seemed rush to be resolved so they came off a bit unbelievable. The ending to book two makes me curious enough to c
Ana Encinas
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estrella errante, segunda parte de la tetralogía escrita por Romina Russell. Una continuación más intensa con respecto a sucesos inquietantes y descubrimientos de nuevos personajes, en el que nuestra protagonista Rho evoluciona a grandes rasgos junto con Hysan, Niki y Deke. Algo muy oscuro se acerca y Rho deberá enfrentarse para poder salvar el Zodíaco. El final de esta segunda parte te deja igual que el anterior final, con una revelación impactante y con ganas de continuar con la historia.
I can't even place words on the page.... This book ended to soon for me. I love it all. I can't believe the ending of it and even when someone that was thought to be dead was still alive and not so well. I feel sad for Rho as her heart was torn into two places again. I also feel sorry for Hysan as he does love Rho so much.

I hope this situation is corrected in the last book. Can't wait for that now.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I finished this the other day, but forgot to update my status! Romina never ceases to amaze me with her writing. I'm giving Wandering Star 4 1/2 stars! Stay tuned for my review :)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read book 1 in this series, Zodiac, back in September, and I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY!! It was published back when I didn’t read much YA science fiction so it never made its way on my radar. I’m so glad that it eventually did because – WOW! It’s such a complex book that includes many characters, a large and complicated space system world, and zodiac traits that rule it all. It was such a complex world with
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un gran punto a favor de estos libros sigue siendo la ambientación. A parte de que Romina describe muy bien los escenarios, me ha encantado seguir conociendo un poco más a fondo sobre el Zodiaco, y poder visitar, junto a Rho y los demás, algunas de las constelaciones y profundizar en la cultura de ellos, ya que cada constelación tiene unas características concretas.

Respecto a la historia en sí, la autora sigue manteniendo una pluma sencill
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So rule one don't read a book like this or start one while you are in a book slump....I originally started this book when it came out because I was so desperate to read it, but while in a book slump I can tell you it was very hard to get into.

But when my book slump went away and I was able to open this book up again with new eyes, it was a completely different story. I absolutely loved this book, yes, in the beginning it is slow, but all great things build and this book is one of those. Romina
Barb Lie
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wandering Star by Romina Russell is the 2nd book in her Zodiac series. Though this is considered a Young Adult book, the concept and story is truly for everyone. In the first book, Zodiac, where we met our teenage heroine, Rho, we learned about the different houses in the 12 galaxies. We learned about the evil Ochus, of the long lost 13th Galaxy, who was slowly destroying them. However, Rho was the only one who saw him in her visions. With the destruction in her Galaxy, causing the death of the ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book was amazing. Hands down one of my all-time favourites and I feel like every person needs to read this series. Rho can be a little annoying at times. Listening to the different words of wisdom from the various signs is always one of the highlights for me. The rest of my review for this is literally going to consist of text messages I sent to my best friend just from today while reading it (during my breaks at work and when I got home). There are absolutely no spoilers because she hasn't ...more
Ilsen Leon
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes sequels don't exceed my expectations but this book did! I loved everything about it and my favorite part is more heart wrenching twists than the last one. It still made me emotional but maybe I'm not as emotional because it was 3 am when I finished this. I could not put it down!! I didn't want it to end! Now I have to anxiously wait for the third one! I can't wait!!!


I just reread this the second time to refresh my memory for the third book and it was just as fun and exciting and
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Romina 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 ...more
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