Book Review: Black Moon by Romina Russell

blackmoon-hiresIt’s been almost a year reading Wandering Star by Romina Russell, like Zodiac leaving me in a cliffhanger, Wandering Star leaves me in a state of realization where a lot of possibilities could happen in the next book. And guess what? Black Moon leave me in a state of shock. Not just shocked shock. I was like literally screaming at the last page of the book. How could Romina give us that one beautiful chapter and drop us a lot of unexpectable, twisted and unpredictable chapters ahead?

Thanks to my friend, Rommel from Pinoy Books Freaks United for getting me hype up on reading Black Moon because at first, I was intentionally refusing to read it because why not? After reading the latest book, what’s next? Waiting game. But the fan within me is so jealous that he already finished the book. So, I decided to read it in one sitting.


I don’t know what to feel. I said this to Romina that I don’t know what to feel — I have a lot of mixed emotions after reading that last line of the last page of Black Moon. It feels like Romina is so good at her writing style that I didn’t notice that I was at the end of the book. She’s that good! I am really impressed with her skills. She never seizes to amaze, distract, and of course stunned me with her words.

“A powerful man wants people to dream of him, but a leader wants people to dream of themselves.”

One thing I love about Zodiac Universe is that in every book you will learn a lot. Not just a glimpse of a life — you will learn that there’s more to life than you know, that there are much more things waiting for you at the other end of the world. I love how I acquire knowledge, lessons and Philosophy on every Zodiac Book that I’ve read and the best part of it are that I could sense that they are written not because Romina was forced to, she wants us to see the world beyond her imagination and learn from it. What’s the best in life is experience turns into words which became a Philosophy in time.

I couldn’t fathom how I will go with this book review but Black Moon is so good that I couldn’t put the book down. 4 hours? 5? or maybe, 6 hours? I don’t know. I just dive in and read it and finished it. I devour it whole. Chapter 19 was the best chapter for me. It drove me crazy because that was the sweetest and lovely thing that could happen to Rho Grace. But the voice inside my head is debating whether should I be happy or not? I know that happiness is side by side with sadness. I could feel the incoming of painful chapters of Black Moon.

And I’m not wrong. Not just painful. It will leave you shocked. Like, what the hell just happened? And the bombs that Romina Russell throws to her readers on every end of the chapter? My jaw dropped! I don’t know what to believe anymore. I just don’t know how will I react to the last line of her chapters. I am telling you. I am grateful that I am so stunned to the end that I couldn’t process what was happening or should I give Romina a poker face because how could her? What a way to great a book. 

“I have always found it interesting that the symbol for Justice is a set of scales; the implication being that to achieve perfect harmony, good and bad must balance each other out. Rather than eradicating one, both must exist in equal quantities.”

As I tell her, she perfected the art of writing the endings of her book.  It always leaves me hanging at the end. Wanting more of the Zodiac Universe. Both amazing and terrifying but what makes Zodiac Books good is because they are there to educate us.

By this point in time, I have no words for the covers, character development, twist, universe. They all exceeded my expectations. I’m just a little bit emotional because Black Moon is the third book of the Zodiac Books — meaning, one last book left for me to read. Then, I really have to say goodbye to Rho Grace, Hysan, and Mathias. I love them through and through.

Zodiac taught me to be brave, Wandering Star taught me to listen, and Black Moon taught me to trust myself more than others. Black Moon is intoxicating and manipulative in a good way. A fast-paced book that will drive you crazy, captivated and captured wholeheartedly. You will experience a lot of emotions and mixed feelings through your reading journey — you may feel hatred, or love, or fear but above all of everything. I assure you, Black Moon will teach you about life.

Thank you, Romina! Thank you for a good book.

“There is no universal right or wrong because there can be no universal judge. Existence is too complicated and nuanced for such simplicity. And that is why the bad must exist alongside the good…because to eradicate one is to eradicate both.”



Romina Russell

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 photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

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