[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Zodiac Shmodiac" by A. B. Syed.]
The book starts off with a girl named Carly wondering how she met one of her close friends Libby. The climax of the story itself is how Carly, Libby and their other two close friends, Ally and Karina are given a newspaper to review from a local college. While reading their assigned horoscopes in the newspaper, thinking it was some pseudo-spiritual nonsense, they ignore it. However when things begin to occur within their lives that lead directly to what their horoscopes mentions each day,they being to change their minds and eventually letting it rule their choices and lives.
In the beginning itself I have noticed some improper grammar, a few spelling mistakes and not to mention; bad punctuation. There was even some internet slang used in the book, such as 'LOL' and 'OMG'.
The plot itself is interesting but the way book was written is in my opinion, boring. I didn't even get hooked on the book until I reached chapter eleven, I literally had to struggle through to finish reading each page.
Besides those errors, I don't think the storyline is consistent enough to have an entire book written about how a few girls get scared by their horoscope forecast besides being proved that whatever it mentions actually manifests, nor the fact that the only misfortunes that occurred from taking the forecasts literally was minor incidents such as not finishing their homework; This leads the girls to search for the author of those forecasts, Madame Monica.
However, the girls find themselves in a bit of a shock when instead all they find was a ragged old building with a paper stack maze and a kooky old man instead behind the newspaper, Nightsby.
A few days later this kooky old man goes to the girls school to receive feedback on his newspaper. The girls are also initially surprised when he talks cryptically to their friend Libby and how after that incident, goes missing for days. The ending was certainly a surprise as I hadn't expected it. I'm very fond of mythology in general, especially Greek mythology.
I can honestly say that despite the intriguing plot the author has in mind, it was very poorly written with no consistency at all. There is much room for improvement and a lot of errors made. For instance, the author should have written it in a way that keeps the readers hooked from the beginning rather than three-quarters of the book through. The annoying spelling mistakes, slang and horrible phrasing doesn't do it much justice either.
If I were to give it a rating, I would probably give it 2 out of 4 stars
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