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The 13th Sign

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
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
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Ashley Daviau
Sep 04, 2016 Ashley Daviau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was originally drawn to this book because of the spectacular cover and wasn't sure what to expect from the story. I'm really glad my eye was drawn to it because I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. The whole concept of the zodiac signs shifting and everyone's personalities changing was really intriguing and I haven't read anything quite like it. And all the battles throughout were amazing and it was interesting to see how Jalen dealt with each of them. All in all, I really adored the concept tha ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really want to give this book 2 stars since it's targeted for a younger age group than what I'm used to, but I didn't feel that it was fair to "punish" the book because it really wasn't for me.

First, I do think that it's interesting that Tubb made a story about the big news a year or two ago when someone entertained the idea that there was really a 13th sign in the zodiac. And I think it was a fun book to read because the book was filled with action as Jalen and her friends faced down each "ch
Dec 18, 2012 Megs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 13th Sign starts off with an interesting concept. What if everyone's personality shifted? Would it be chaos? Political leaders suddenly indecisive? Surgeons suddenly squeamish?

However, the 13th Sign fell a bit flat for me. While there was quite a bit of action and Tubb spelled out the lessons in the book pretty explicitly, it lacked the spark that makes a book great.

I'm fairly indifferent towards the main character, Jalen. There was nothing in particular that I disliked about her, but I jus
Ashley Chen
Jan 04, 2013 Ashley Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, must-review, mg
The 13th Sign. When I first heard of it, I literally spazzed. What a brilliant idea! Like Jalen, I am a Sagittarius that feel like the horoscope didn't depict my personality right. And so I started wondering if there was a 13th sign. The idea intrigued me dearly. And recently I got into looking at horoscope more because of Midorima from Kuroko no Basuke (I miss you Shin-chan). So when Raincoast Books provided me a copy of The 13th Sign, I freaked. So on the night of January the 4th, I started r ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

THE 13TH SIGN has a creative and fresh idea involving zodiac signs, but unfortunately it fell flat in its execution. I loved the idea of Zodiac signs being real creatures and that a shift in ones sign means a shift in your personality. Although, considering most horoscopes are pretty general in their traits and could be attributed to many people, the extreme and sudden shifts in personalities and actions were too extreme to believe for me.

I enjoyed fo
Annette (booknerderie)
This gets a solid 3.5/5 stars for me. A solid read with an exciting cast and background. The zodiac has always been a fun pastime, so this novel peaked my interest big time.
Jenni Arndt
Dec 20, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-own
I was told a few weeks ago that whenever I review a middle grade novel I talk about how surprised I am by it. So I am going to switch it up in this one and say that The 13th Sign was a refreshing read. Something about the innocence of the characters and the genres ability to get me to go along with whatever fantastical plot the author throws at me, gets me everytime. This one reminded me a lot of Jumanji, the releasing of ancient magic and the race to put it back in its place.

On her thirteenth b
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

That hype and virtual mayhem that Ophiucus created was enough to make me interested in this book. It started of with 14 year old Jalen getting a reading for her birthday. It was a tradition started by Nina, her once bright and adventurous grandmother who's now fighting to live on. Jalen just wants everything to be okay. Maybe being a Sagittaruis wasn't helping her at all. And so she found a mysterious book about the zodiac, and in her persistence to unlock it, she
Nov 05, 2012 Rabiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-event
Originally posted at:

Whenever I'd flip through a magazine and come through the horoscope section, I would just look for my zodiac sign (Aquarius) and then continue flipping on. I never really looked into the mythology behind the zodiac, and The 13th Sign was definitely an interesting way to get introduced to it.
Initially, when I first started reading this book, it stalled for a little while, it was a little slow. I was at first also confused what was goin
Jan 14, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I feel like this book needs a few things going into it. You either need to really believe in astrology -- like, a whole lot -- or, if you don't believe in it, you have to be completely willing to thoroughly suspend your disbelief. I fall into the latter category. But how many fantasy worlds do we really believe are actually real? Um, if you're like me, none of them. So I was totally willing to jump into the fantasy world of this book, where personalities really are determined by your Zodia ...more
Lizzy Lessard
Nov 15, 2012 Lizzy Lessard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, mg
How much does your star sign affect your personality? According to the 13th Sign, it completely controls it. When Jalen unleashes the 13th zodiac sign, she changes the personality of everyone, including herself. This personality shift of all the characters did inhibit my ability to connect to the characters, as I wasn’t sure what they would do with the new personalities vs their old personalities. Ellie, Jalen’s best friend, is impersonated TOO well by Gemini, and the fact that Jalen couldn’t fi ...more
Brooks Benjamin
Sep 27, 2013 Brooks Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 / 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin at the 2013 Midsouth SCBWI conference. I was even luckier to get my copy of The 13th Sign signed by her.

So why do I like this book so much?

Tons of reasons!

1) The hook. The 13th Sign is a totally unique concept. Sure there are books out there dealing with the Zodiac, but this is the first one I've ever read about someone unlocking a thirteenth sign that throws the entire world out of zodiacal whack. I mean, come on! How cool is that? Answer: very cool
Tj Shay
Sep 16, 2012 Tj Shay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely well crafted story that draws you in and doesn't let go. Traveling along with Jalen on this magical/mythical journey was great fun. There are so many facets to this story. Not only does the reader learn about characters and the things that take place inside their heads, but the reader will also imagine his/herself in the story and wondering how he/she might change if the zodiac were somehow shifted.

My favorite quote, "I used to think of Bourbon Street as a seedy, strange sid
Joyce Lansky
Jan 20, 2013 Joyce Lansky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 13th Sign is a refreshingly novel idea for a story that is carried off with an abundance of action and intrigue. I love the way Kristin Tubb impersonated all of the zodiac signs in original and unpredictable ways while still keeping them true to their legends. Believing in horoscopes or not is irrelevant if the reader will allow the fantasy element of this story to lead the way. She also provided a surprise ending and a nice tie up to all of the unknowns in the novel. The book is strong with ...more
Stephanie Faris
Jul 14, 2015 Stephanie Faris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know anything about the signs of the zodiac, so this book was a much-needed lesson into how all of that works. The story revolves around a young girl named Jalen, who discovers a 13th sign of the zodiac. When she unwittingly frees the 13th sign, she changes the personality of everyone on Earth. She must then go on a quest to restore order. If you love action/adventure, this is the book for you! Plus you'll learn more than you ever thought you could about the signs of the zodiac. I loved ...more
Jeff Raymond
Of the attempted YA trends, I didn't think the Zodiac would be one, but hey, why not, right?

The idea behind this one is deceptively simple: of the 12 Zodiac signs, there's a mysterious 13th one locked away that is accidentally unleashed. When that happens, it throws everything out of whack and it must be defeated to right everything again.

It's a very light, fluffy action title for teens and it gets the job basically done. It's not a long book, and it gets right to the point. Can't fault that at
Alisha Klapheke
May 07, 2014 Alisha Klapheke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always loved checking my horoscope as a kid. This book taps right into the mystery and desire to categorize oneself during early teen years. Hot air balloon rides, New Orleans streets, and magic—who could ask for more? I loved it.
Lizzie Marshall
Nov 23, 2015 Lizzie Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super great book. I read this with a group of friends in fifth grade, and ended up skyping with the author. Loved it!
Jen Malone
Sep 12, 2015 Jen Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So clever and full of awesome action- passing this right on to my twin boys who are huge Percy Jackson fans!
Shela Muriel
Mar 06, 2017 Shela Muriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! just wow! this was amazing! I loved the concept with the zodiac symbols. I gave this a five out of five stars, not just because of the marvelous concept but the lessons the author tries to hint off. I think the lessons in this book is not to doubt yourself and in the toughest moments always believe in yourself and stay strong no matter what life brings you. (note: do not read the rest of the review until you read the book just stop at the first paragraph don't read the second paragraph)

Michelle Beer
Feb 27, 2017 Michelle Beer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-your-money
Ever feel like your zodiac sign just doesn't seem to match with your real personality? Maybe that's because you have the wrong one. The 13th sign is a clever dive into just what the world might be like if an extra sign was thrown into the mix and how it would affect everyone. Granted it is a seriously exaggerated take on such a thing but, still, it's interesting nevertheless. Let's take a look, shall we?

The story is of a young girl New Orleans named Jalen Jones who is dealing with the stresses o
Joyce McPherson
Nov 11, 2016 Joyce McPherson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect book for kids who love fantasy. The author creates an interesting world connected with zodiac lore and weaves a fascinating story of the power of relationships. I loved the fast pace and extreme adventure!
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
With the start of the Chinese New Year, I thought it would be a fun time to pick up THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, which is based on the zodiac. For those not in the know, astrologically, there are thirteen constellations that cross the ecliptic, Ophiuchus being one of them, yet only twelve of these are in the zodiac. (Here's more info more info on Ophiuchus and the history of where it falls for those curious to learn more) Tubb looked at this when setting the foundation for THE 13TH S ...more
Oct 12, 2016 julianne rated it it was ok
This sounded good from the blurb online but I feel slightly cheated. It's one of those books that could have been so much better than it actually is.

The characters were bland and I found myself not caring about what happened to them.

I get that it was written for a young audience but even so, there needed to be more fleshed out.
Hylary Locsin
Originally posted on my blog: ! Check it out for more reviews!

Every year on her birthday, Jalen and her grandmother, Nina, visit Madame Beausoleil’s shop and have a horoscope reading. This year, her thirteenth-birthday, Nina is in the hospital battling breast cancer, so Jalen and her best friend, Ellie, have decided to continue the tradition and get Jalen’s horoscope read. While exploring the books in Madame Beausoleil’s quirky shop, Jalen discovers a myster
Ashley (Loves Books)
[Note: this review will be published to Ashley Loves Books on January 3, 2013)

I have a confession: I totally read my horoscope, and I 100% believe I am a token Pisces with a touch of Aries (seeing as how my birthday falls a day before the cusp, it makes sense). While I'm not entirely sure I believe in the zodiac, I can't deny how well the attributes to each sign describe me. While the daily horoscopes seem like a bunch of hooey, the overall descriptions are spot on for me, my family and friend
Originally posted at City of Books -

I've recently read a book which incorporates the 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, and since then I've been really interested in it. (The book was Touch of Death by Kelly Hashway, in case you were wondering) I even looked it up and read all about it online. I think the concept of the sign is great, but I'm glad it isn't really included, because there's no way I would give up being a Leo! Kristin O'Donnell Tubb did an amazing
Jessica (Lovin' Los Libros)
I don't read a whole lot of Middle Grade, but after hearing Kristin talk about her book The 13th Sign last year at a book signing, I was really interested. I don't really read much into horoscopes or anything like that, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in them. I love the premise of this novel and I've read a few books that have discussed Opiuchus now, so I was definitely intrigued by this one. With the incorporation of a new zodiac sign, that would mean many people's signs would change, ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Sometimes it seems a fun concept is hard to pass up, but when a book becomes too much about the gimmick, and not enough about heart, it leaves the reader feeling a little empty. In this case the concept revolves around the mysterious "13th sign" of the zodiac. Jalen, the heroine has been through a fair share of tragedy in her young life. She survived a serious illness as a child only to have her father disappear, her overprotective mother keeps her so sheltered she lives an isolated life with fe ...more
Chapter by Chapter
I absolutely enjoyed The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, and I truly believe it is a story that MG readers will thoroughly enjoy. Why? Ummmm…because the twelve signs of the Zodiac come to life! Yes, you heard me…pretty awesomesauce right?

The 13th Sign opens up in a voodoo shop in New Orleans, and on main protagonists, Jalen’s, birthday! After many years of tradition where Jalen and her grandmother, Nina, come and get their tea leaves, palms, or tarot cards read. But this year, Nina is in th
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