Series Report: Zodiac #1-4 by Ji Soo Lee

Posted March 7, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

After absolutely loooving H3RO and Onyx written under this author’s pen name, I had high hopes for her YA K-Pop Romance series. Perhaps my expectation were too high. It’s still a good series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it didn’t have that same wow-I-cannot-put-this-down factor. It’s also not a reverse harem, just regular F/M pairings.

The Idol Who Became Her World is actually an introductory novella to the series. It follows Luncinda and Minhyuk who are both dancers who meet at a program in New York, where she lives. They have a whirlwind romance, but he must return to Seoul to become an idol! What ever will they do!? Which is where the second book comes in, and where the series really kicks off.

The Girl Who Gave Him the Moon is the first full-length book of the series and again, follows Lucinda and Minhyuk. I had very mixed feelings about this one. The story was good and fun, with Lucinda navigating high school in a foreign country while dating a newly debuted idol. However, it was almost as if the previous book didn’t exist. There are so many huge continuity errors. It was very distracting to read. I think if this had been the official first book, it would have set a better tone.

We leave Lucinda and Minhyuk to follow Seungjin and Yerin in The Dancer Who Saved Her Soul. Yerin is the most popular girl in school and she is the typical mean girl, but it was nice getting to see her point of view. Obviously, she has to get redeemed! Seungjin was another idol and he’s actually Holly’s younger brother whom we met briefly in the H3RO series.

Then we follow Hyunseo who is yet another idol, but also the cause of all of the drama for the other books! Books #2-4 are all set simultaneous, but giving us the perspective of different characters which was interesting. Hyunseo has caused a scandal for his group, but he’s also facing legal action. Nayeon is a legal intern who’s been assigned to represent him, and of course they fall in love! This one was probably my favorite of the series thus far, but I only didn’t rate it higher because I was starting to feel burnt out on reading the same events for the third time even if it was directly from the source this time.

One thing to be warned about is that these books do focus prettily heavily on an assault case. There’s also some bullying. So if those things are not for you, just be aware.

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Series Report: Zodiac #1-4 by Ji Soo LeeThe Idol Who Became Her World (Zodiac #1) by Ji Soo Lee
Published by Axellia Publishing on November 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (105 pages)
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Why did he have to say "Hello" when it could only ever end with a "Goodbye"?

Lucinda

Of all the summer dance programs in the world, Lee Minhyuk enrolled in mine. I was in New York; he was from Seoul. I may have only been thirteen, but I'd fallen in love with him from "Hullo".

For three years, we had seen each other at a handful of dance programs or written each other a dozen letters. This was the summer I was going to tell him. Sure, there were usually 7,000 miles between us, but I had a plan…

Minhyuk

My dream was to become a K-Pop idol. I was going to audition with my best friends, join the same agency, and debut together. I'd only gone to New York to get some more dance experience, but I’d met her and I couldn’t help but fall in love.

Then I got accepted into Atlantis Entertainment. With my dream of being an idol in my grasp, the only thing I needed to do was let go of the beautiful American girl I loved. At least it was a sure bet she didn't feel the same way about me…

three-stars

Series Report: Zodiac #1-4 by Ji Soo LeeThe Girl Who Gave Him the Moon (Zodiac #2) by Ji Soo Lee
Published by Axellia Publishing on February 1, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (325 pages)
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Lucinda fell in love with a K-Pop idol. On the other side of the world, that idol fell in love with her.

All Lucinda ever wanted to do was dance. With only a couple of years before she graduates and can audition to Julliard, her dreams are leading her down a different path. With the opportunity to learn new styles of dancing, as well as see her boyfriend, Lucinda moved across the world to attend the SLA.

Lee Minhyuk, aka King, is caught up in a scandal which is threatening his career, and the only chance he has to salvage it is to be the ideal idol at Atlantis Entertainment. That means returning to the Seoul Leadership Academy and keeping a low profile, being a good student, and certainly no girls.

When the SLA joins in partnership with Atlantis Entertainment, the students are given an opportunity to audition and become idols. This is the second chance King needs to protect his future, but their relationship is the price that is needed.

Their relationship survived with 7,000 miles between them, but can it survive with King and Lucinda being at the same school?

three-stars

Series Report: Zodiac #1-4 by Ji Soo LeeThe Dancer Who Saved Her Soul (Zodiac #3) by Ji Soo Lee
Published by Axellia Publishing on June 29, 2919
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (404 pages)
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The journey back to the top is always difficult after a fall from grace.

With her mother as the principal, Cha Yerin is the Queen Bee at the Seoul Leadership Academy. She knows exactly what she wants and she will manipulate anything to get there.

That is, until she discovers her father has been stealing from his company, her family is on the verge of bankruptcy, and her mother wants a divorce.

When her world starts crumbling around her, the last person Yerin expects to find comfort from is the idol forced into hiding at SLA to hide from a scandal bigger than hers.

Lee Seungjin is torn between getting revenge on the one who caused Bright Boys to be permanently disbanded, or seizing what could be his last opportunity to be an idol.

Debuting in one of Atlantis’ new groups might be the only opportunity Seungjin and Yerin have to take control of their futures.

But being a trainee isn’t the easy answer Yerin expected... No longer the popular girl, and struggling to keep up, Yerin might be the reason her group doesn’t debut.

The only thing keeping Yerin and Seungjin going is each other, but that might be the same thing that ruins it all.

three-stars

Series Report: Zodiac #1-4 by Ji Soo LeeThe Leader Who Fell From the Sky (Zodiac #4) by Ji Soo Lee
Published by Axellia Publishing on March 30, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
Format: eBook (279 pages)
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He's an idol. She's a law student. And while she might be all he's got, she's all he wants.

Hard work and dedication had given law student Noh Nayeon an internship within the legal department of a K-pop Entertainment company. It wasn't quite the area of business law she had been aiming for, but even she knew it was a great opportunity, especially for someone from such a modest background.

But when Nayeon lands the Bright Boys case, she knows that something isn't right. No one knows the details surrounding Park Hyunseo's lawsuit, but instead of giving him the best lawyer at Atlantis, they're assigning him the intern with no court experience.

Bright Boys disbanding was Park Hyunseo's fault. Everyone knew it, including him, but the one promise he had to keep meant he couldn't tell anyone why he did what he did. It was understandable that everyone, including his company, would lose faith in him.

Everyone but Nayeon.

Despite being unable to tell her the truth, Nayeon is determined to prove Hyunseo's innocence, even at the risk of damaging her own career and dream in the process.

three-stars

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