PJV Quickie: This one has win written all over it. Published by Disney, with Stan Lee’s name on the cover – this was definitely a hyped title. With stunning illustrations and fast-paced writing, THE ZODIAC LEGACY pulls you in on page one and doesn’t release you until the end. If you are looking for the next great Middle Grade don’t look any further than THE ZODIAC LEGACY.
Review: A supervillain bent on world domination is using the Chinese zodiac to increase his power. Taking on the attributes of the zodiac he will gain their powers to fuel an army. During his transformation process, a young man on a museum tour in China interrupts him and inadvertently takes on the power of the Tiger. Now teamed with two former employees of Maxwell’s (aforementioned supervillain), Steven must help them track down the other zodiacs that were released and learn to manage his new superpowers. The search isn’t easy as Maxwell’s army, Vanguard has resources beyond imagining. Steven’s life will never be the same.
The premise of the novel was very interesting. There was constant action, even from the beginning. You are plunged directly into the story and a lot is revealed but in a fast-paced and easy manner. The novel reads like a typical middle grade with easy language and quirky humor, even though most of the characters are adults. It’s just really one kid embroiled in a very adult scheme which could increase the appeal to young adult and even adult readers. Typical of a Middle Grade novel though, the characters are very stereotypical, especially since the plot is international and a lot of characters hail from different parts of the world.
I wish there had been more illustrations and maybe if they were placed at the beginning or ending of the chapters they would have had more impact. I was always flipping back to the illustrations trying to figure out what they represented. At the end of the book I wasn’t blown away but I did enjoy it and hope to read more from this new series.
Recommendations: This is a more mature Middle Grade novel, which is weird to write. But, it is – the novel’s plot isn’t your typical MG plot and the characters aren’t coming-of-age tweens and young teens, which is expected in most MGs. I know what they are trying to accomplish here, the next great MG series on lines of a certain boy wizard or demi-god, but with a more diverse flavoring. I love that, I really do – so it crosses many lines. So I recommend this to fans of comics, Middle Grade and Young Adult – don’t let the classification fool you. If you’ve enjoyed series like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter give this one a go, I wouldn’t say it’s as good as those mentioned, but it does make for some good reading and I liked the illustrations.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan LeeStuart MoorePublished by Disney Press on January 27th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
The Zodiac Legacy Giveaway
The publisher was nice enough to send me some great ZODIAC tattoos, I thought I would share. One random commenter on this post will get a fun Zodiac Tattoo. Find out what zodiac sign you are at the series website.