Title: The 13th Sign
Author: Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 4.5 spitwads / 5
What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?
You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.
Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.
What about the rest of the world?
What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change, and infuriating the other 12 signs?
Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend upon it.
2) The pacing. Kristin does an amazing job jumping into the action without sacrificing that emotional exposition that the reader needs to connect with the character. The MC, Jalen, transforms into a much needed heroine once the worldwide personality shifts occur. And it's at that moment when we discover the true awesomeness of the take-charge-and-kick-some-astrology Jalen.
3) The villains. Every amazing hero needs an equally amazing villain. This book has twelve. And they each come with their own strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. Kristin plugs a lot of humor into the manifestations of the signs, and the trials Jalen encounters with each one is pretty epic. I'm talking this-needs-to-be-a-movie-right-now level of epicosity.
So should you pick this book up and read it for yourself? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then I would say you totally should.
- Do you enjoy fantasy?
- Do you like mythology?
- Do you dig astrology?
- Do you love strong female characters?
- Do you read books?