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The 13th Sign

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  158 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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Ashley Daviau
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
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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)
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Ashley Chen
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jenni Arndt
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-event
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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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Valia Lind
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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The 13th Sign is a story about Jalen, a girl who doesn’t believe in astrology, until one day when she makes a choice that changes the world around her. She discovers the 13th sign, altering the other twelve signs and the personalities that go with them. Soon she is in a race to save the world and stop the other twelve signs from taking over. With the help of some unlikely characters, Jalen set off on a journey like now other.
There were two th
Tj Shay
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Stephanie Faris
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Alisha Klapheke
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jen Malone
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So clever and full of awesome action- passing this right on to my twin boys who are huge Percy Jackson fans!
Lizzie Marshall
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

"Believing doesn't mean having all the answers -- just the opposite. Believing is having none of the answers and going forward anyway."

The 13th Sign is a story about a thirteen-year-old girl named Jalen from New Orleans who (along with her best friend Ellie) accidentally unleashes the thirteenth sign of the zodiac. Jalen then has to defeat each zodiac sign to prove that she is worthy of the amazing healing powers that the thirteenth sign possesses. Oh yeah, and because there is
McKenna F
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
My book is The 13th sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb. Jalen, (main character) and her Nina always go to Madame Beausoleil to get their horoscopes read. This time however Nina was in the hospital so she couldn’t go but Jalen still went. She got her horoscope read and after that she found a book called The Keypers of The Zodiac. When they got home Jalen opened the book and she didn’t know but she changed all the people in the worlds zodiac signs so everyone had a personality change basically. She ha ...more
Shelly Hammond
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The 13th Sign' is a fun, action packed, unique story that has memorable characters and otherworldly adventures.
In this book, a girl (Jalen) intentionally but also unintentionally opens a book that brings about some very significant changes in the world. She brings Ophiuchus, the 13th sign, into play and everything changes. Bringing in this sign changes the birth signs of most people thus causing them to completely change their attitudes and thoughts. The change is immediate once that book is op
I once stated that adventure stories usually start when someone breaks the rules. At bottom, this novel is a very basic type within this trope. Someone has unwittingly unleashed a terrible evil/danger/monster/fate and it’s up to our hero/ine to fix the mess that results. A team of stalwart companions is formed and they undertake a quest to mend matters BEFORE THE WORLD IS DOOMED.

Yes, this is the storyline we have here. But this novel takes a very unique turn. Astrology, that study followed by th
Peyton Robinson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book, as my rating suggests. The characters were flat and dull, the action boring and the urgency was nonexistent. The battles happened too quick with little detail. At some point in the book, I couldn't continue. I felt like I was reading on of my own fanfictions from the third grade, only with better grammar.

There was no buildup, the beginning felt unrealistic and cliche, and the lack of danger was frustrating.

Jalen, the protagonist, didn't have much emotion. The author p
Michelle Beer
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must admit, I had my doubt prior to getting this book. But, i did ended up buying it and definitely not regretting reading it. As a Saggitarian, I totally felt for the protagonist. Her indecisiveness, her pursuit to knowing why things are the way they are and her lack of self esteem. When I first heard of the 13th sign years ago, I was also desvastated of finding out I was supposed to be Ophiuchus. But reading this made me feel that it wont be that bad after all. Nevertheless whether you belie ...more
Miss Ratatootee
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me believe that there is really a 13th Zodiac sign and then this sign is somewhat the reason why 2020 is like this.

I bought this book last year on Big Bad Wolf event and just read it last January. It scares me also because when pandemic started, I saw some posts in social media that there would be an official 13th sign and then I suddenly remembered this story and thought that what if one of the reasons why 2020 is like this because someone opened the forbidden book again.

But then
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I bought this book with around 5 or 6 others. I picked this for last because I didn't think I would enjoy it as much. I wont say I fell head over heels in love with it, but I rather enjoyed the book. the concept was good and the book was a nice one. I read it really fast but it wasn't always really good. there were some slow parts and you could completely forget that they are trying to get to the hospital. I liked the outcome of the book but I overall enjoyed it. ...more
Eileen Winfrey
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would give this about 3.5 -4 stars, but there isn’t an option. A girl must battle incarnations of zodiac signs after unwittingly unlocking a book bought in a voodoo shop. Because of the theme, I was thinking this book might freak parents out, but it actually reminded me of Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians in degree of violence (not bad) and think it would be just fine for 4th and 5th graders.
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