(Review) The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong

February 16, 2015 Review 28 ★★★★

(Review) The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Andie Tong, Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
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Publisher: Disney Press
Pages: 480
Release Date: January 27th 2015
Series: The Zodiac Legacy #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure!

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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This book was completely new to me until I was lucky enough to have it show up in my mailbox. I was immediately intrigued upon reading the jacket cover, and the promise of a plot based off the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs wasn’t a bad sell either!

Although it is marketed as Middle Grade, I think this series has crossover appeal and can interest a much wider audience. This is especially true for me because I tend to be picky with my MG reads as I prefer Young Adult, but THE ZODIAC LEGACY really impressed me.

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It tells a great story with friendship and teamwork at its heart, and revolves around a subject I think most of us have heard of and can’t help but be at least a little interested in: the Chinese Zodiac. This is where our heroes (and heroines), as well as the villains, gain their powers. It’s a really fun concept, even if you didn’t have knowledge of the twelve animals before this.

With such a huge cast of characters, I was worried that it might get confusing but this wasn’t the case, I was able to follow and connect with each one of them. Although a little more character development with the minor characters would  have been nice, none of them were one-dimensional, they all had unique personalities and most of them had a lot of depth.

Another huge positive: there was some seriously great pacing. There was action almost right from the start to the end, and I couldn’t put it down-so I didn’t. I finished it in less than a day, which says something as this is a pretty sizable read.

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This book also has some illustrated pages, and the art really adds to the experience. It’s in almost a comic book style, which is fitting, and it’s just extremely well done overall. You can see some of the art on the official Zodiac Legacy website from Disney.

THE ZODIAC LEGACY also has a clear ending, there could have been a huge cliffhanger but everything wraps up well. I do like how this story could pretty much stand on its own. There were some epilogue chapters that revealed things that made me really wish for the second book though! This is a series I will be following.

What’s your Zodiac animal?

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Overall: 3.9

28 Responses to “(Review) The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Andie Tong”

  1. Allie @ Little Birdie

    I always look for a story that can stand on its own. I’m not a huge fan of ‘to be continued . . .’ endings. It just makes me feel bitter LOL.

    And WOOO for great pacing! That’s my favourite thing. So many books go slow in all the wrong places and too fast in other places and it’s a mess. This sounds brilliantly done :D
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    • Alise

      Aha, I know what you mean. Sometimes I’ll drop series too (for no real reason) and hate having those “What happened next?” questions looming over my shoulder. This one has a definite setup for the next book but I was content with how it ended. It was a really fun, fast paced read :)
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  2. Wattle

    I didn’t have to read a single word of your review before adding this to my TBR. Just the name Stan Lee does it lol he is a wonderful storyteller, in many formats it seems! I’m glad you enjoyed this one (and brought its existence to my attention!)
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    • Alise

      I knew you would be interested in this one, I was actually going to DM you about it on Twitter! :) I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    New to me too! I don’t mind MG, but it has to have something that interests me, and it sounds like it would. To do with Chinese Zodiac signs? Yup. More about friendship and teamwork? Yup. And yay, a large cast that all have their own personalities so you can tell them apart (that’s my bigger problem when they’re a lot of main characters and secondary characters) A nice surprise! :)
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    • Alise

      Same, I have to like the concept. I know, it’s really tough when there are so many characters but all of them are different in this so it worked out well. Indeed :)

  4. Kelly

    Stan Lee? Anything he puts his name to is kind of a big deal isn’t it. Well, at least Sheldon Cooper thinks so.

    Apparently I’m a Ram (according to the website). I usually steer clear of multiple points of view, but this sounds just so engaging. I love middle grade, it’s such a nice change to get away from the horrid romance in some YA and will definitely be grabbing a copy when it’s out.

    Lovely review Alise, I’m completely sold <3
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    • Alise

      Indeed ;)

      I’m a boar, I think those signs get along well! Yeah this really worked well, there was no section where I was like “Which character is this?” or “Who are we focusing on now?” HA, so true.

      Yay, thank you! :D

    • Alise

      I agree, some of the MG I have read just maintains a juvenile feel but I think this can appeal to many readers.

      Nice! I’m a boar :)

  5. Melliane

    THe topic is interesting, I don’t think I’ve read something like that so I confess that I’m intrigued. It’s great that you weren’t confused by that many characters because it’s usually my problem too. thanks for the discovery!
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  6. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’ve seen this book around lately but yours is the first review I’ve read for it and, well, you’ve made me want to read it :D I love the idea of chinese astrology meshed in with a good, quality MG read!! Especially when you consider the stellar pacing here^^ I can’t wait to check this one out, thanks for the lovely review Alise!
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  7. Rachel

    Ooh, have you read the Eon/Eona series? It is sort of similar and the main character is an awesome and non-gender conforming warrior/magic girl. Plus I think it is a YA. Sorry, it just occurred to me out of nowhere.

    • Alise

      Not yet but I do own the first book and really want to read it! I can kind of see why it popped into your mind after talking about this one though!

  8. Rashika

    I am going to be reading this one soon and it’s so reassuring to see your positive review! I didn’t see a lot of reviews in general for this book so I am going to have yours in mind when I dive into this one! :D

    I just hope I end up enjoying it as much as you did, Alise! :D Especially since all I want is a good book that involves zodiac signs. Is that too much to ask for??!?! :P
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    • Alise

      Ooh, cool! I really hope you like it :)

      I know what you mean, the concept is so interesting I really would love it to be done well. I enjoyed this variation, although I like a little more could have been done with it.

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