The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb-- Review
Fiewel and Friends
January 8, 2013
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 on it.
When I first started reading the 13th Sign I wasn't so sure it was for me. Jalen the main protagonist actually bored me a little in the beginning of the book and I kept switching her name to Jaden in my head. I would be lying if I didn't admit that I almost put the book down permanently. Since I requested this for review I really wanted to give this an honest shot. I am so glad that I did because to my surprise The 13th Sign turned out to be quite an enjoyable read!
Once the story picked up Jalen (not Jaden) turned out to to be a great character. Jalens journey is quite fantastical and it held my attention right until the very end. I loved how the story had me thinking about the Zodiac calendar in ways I never had before. Jalen's companions however were not really memorable and I struggled to remember individual characteristics about them as they weaved in and out of the story. I did like the Zodiac Gatekeepers they were unique and not your traditional antagonists. I'd even go so far to say that If the Author decided to write Novellas for each of the twelve I'd buy them.
The 13th Sign isn't the most memorable book that I've read but once the pacing picked up the story was enjoyable and from that point on I blew threw it rather quickly. Would I recommend The 13th Sign? Yes, its story was unique and I find that alone warrants at least reading the book once. On the other side I feel if the Author had chosen to kick the rating up a notch and added a bit more doom and gloom to the story it might have taken the book from just good to great. Now that being said, I wouldn't go so far to say this plot was wasted on a Middle Grade novel but I do see the potential of a really great read had it been bumped up in rating and more adult tones introduced. Some stories just warrant a bit more grit and this is one of those I believe would of benefited from that. In the end I will be rating The 13th Sign ★★★.