Review: Sharon Wood – Keepers of the Zodiac (review and giveaway)

Keepers of the Zodiac
Tonya Fitzharris

Welcome to Reading Addiction Blog Tour’s stop for ‘Keepers of the Zodiac’.

Syrie has been given the most important task – to collect the 13 Keepers of the Zodiac and prepare them for their new roles. He falls in love with one though, and that complicates things beyond what he could have ever imagined.

The official blurb:

The stars have shifted and the Earth is rapidly moving into the throes of chaos.
Four god-like beings known as the Zodiac High Council, send their winged herald, Syrie, out
with twelve sealed envelopes. His mission? To bring a chosen group of thirteen future Zodiac
Keepers, including a set of mesmerizing twins, to the Isle of Oriba for training. Syrie never
could have imagined that he would fall in love along the way—ultimately forcing him to choose
between betrayal and death. Keepers of the Zodiac is an enthralling tale of obligatory fate,
temporary hope, and impossible love.

My review:

This book looked like a fun read, and the concept initially reminded me of the Power of Five series by Anthony Horowitz (which I have been waiting for the fifth book for a long time). I was happy to review it particularly because this tour company is excellent at getting novels to me in a timely manner so I can really read and enjoy them before posting a review.

16069534I have to say that the concept was awesome, very interesting, but then the execution was a little flawed. I felt like most parts of the novel were quite stilted in their extravagant descriptions of things and I ended up skipping over them. The dialogue was also quite stilted, and I didn’t really get into the characters’ minds. This was a plot driven novel wholeheartedly (nothing wrong with that, just not usually my style of thing).

The almost steamy kissing scenes would make this novel suitable for older teens, if your younger teen is wary of such a thing. I know some 13 year olds that would be grossed out simply by the thought of kissing! I guess it’s boy cooties or something. This novel could equally be for males or females, but I feel that because of the romance element its more of a girly book.

Poor Syrie! Of all the characters, I felt for him the most. I was a little leery of his island naming, and I couldn’t believe that coincidences such as that happened in such a structured world. Not to mention the revelations for him, and his future. To love, and then to lose. Throughout the novel I felt like there had to be more going on than what met the eyes…

The ending is a cliff hanger. I would quite like to read the second book in this series, simply because it’s so uncertain! How can so much happen in a day? And what is going on with Syrie? Arg! Those twin sisters are nothing but trouble. Perhaps a borrow from the library book.

People who follow and believe in the Zodiac may be a little affronted by this novel, because I don’t think it necessarily reflects those beliefs accurately. Not being a follower myself, I doubted that all the signs could have all those positive portrayals. I might have enjoyed the novel even more if I remembered each of those.

Ew, foot flakes. Gross. That’s all I’ll say about that, but really, it’s quite humorous. There’s some other points of humour, but as a whole it’s quite serious, as befits a novel that is trying to prevent the collapse of the world as we know it.

Three stars from me for this novel. Plot yes, execution no. An easy read, probably well suited to teenagers that have less experience than me for pulling novels apart.

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About the Author

Sharon Wood is a married, mother of two boys. She was born and raised in Northern California, and attended college at San Jose State University, where she studied Marketing. A self-proclaimed Disney fanatic, Sharon enjoys collecting Vinylmations and talking about Disney related things to anyone that will listen. Besides writing, she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, dancing, and reading. Keepers of the Zodiac is her first novel, and she is currently hard at work on the sequel!  

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Not sure if you like my opinion? Good thing this is a tour! You can look at some other reviews, guest posts and promos at each of these tour stops:

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November 14 – The Cozy Dragon – Review
November 15 – Wonderland Reviews – Review/Interview
November 16 – Corssroads Reviews – Review/Interview
November 17 – Lovely Reads – Guest Post/PROMO
November 18 – Pink Fluffy Hearts – Guest Post/PROMO
November 19 – Winged Reviews – Guest Post/PROMO
November 20 – My Cozie Corner – Review
November 21 – The Solitary Bookworm – Guest Post/PROMO
November 22 – Emily Ward – Interview/PROMO
November 23 – Lost in Fictional Worlds – Review/Guest Post
November 24 – Oh Chrys! – Guest Post/PROMO
November 25 – Book and Appointment with Wisdom Books – Review/Guest Post
November 26 – LovLivLife Reviews – Guest Post/PROMO
November 27 – Inside BJ’s Head – Review/guest Post
November 28 – The Book Maven – Review
November 29 – Books and Swoons – Review
November 30 – Books, Books, The Magical Fruit – Gues Post/PROMO
December 1 – In This World of Books… – Review/Interview
December 2 -A Bibliophiles Thoughts – PROMO
December 3 – Getting Your Read on – Review
December 4 – My Seryniti – Review/Guest Post
December 5 – Rolling With the Moments – Review/Guest Post
December 6 – YA Novel Reader – Review/GuestPost
December 7 – Bookworm Lisa – Review/Guest Post
December 8 –Fiction Prediction – Review/Interview
December 9 – Pa
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December 11 – Willing to See Less – Guest Post/PROMO
December 12 –Bookishly Devoted – Review/Guest Post
December 13 – My Reading Addiction – Review
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7 thoughts on “Review: Sharon Wood – Keepers of the Zodiac (review and giveaway)

  1. Thanks for the review. Having read the book, I can see where some of your thoughts come into play. I didn't skip over any parts, reading it cover to cover, and perhaps benefited from doing so. I'm also looking forward to seeing where this young author takes us in the future.

    • Just to clarify – I didn't skip any huge sections, just a paragraph here or there. Thanks for the comment. I am looking forward to seeing more of the author's development in the future.

  2. Thanks for the review. I was grossed out by the foot chips part! haha! I do agree with you that the end was a cliff hanger, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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