Review: THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

January 8, 2013 Review 2

The 13th Sign


by Kristin O’Donnell TubbGenre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: Yes  | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 8, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0312583524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312583521


Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.


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.


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 following Jalen around as she combats each zodiac sign whose weakness is revealed through their core characteristics. Unfortunately with 13 battles to fight there wasn’t too much room for real character development and I felt like Jalen and her friends were rushing through all of the battles without any room for me to pause and absorb what was happening. Some of the battles were pretty interesting and detailed but a lot were underwhelming and disappointing.

Jalen seemed like an interesting character but we barely got to know her and her relationship with her friends before the great shift in personalities happened.  So many plot points rushed by that were actually pretty cool sounding but  were never fully resolved or explained. For example, the mystery of what happened to Jalen’s father who possibly went through the same thing Jalen did was mentioned but I didn’t fully understand what happened to him.

THE 13TH SIGN would have been so much better if it were longer or divided into multiple books to give more room for character and plot development. I liked the lesson Jalen learned in the end about herself and her capabilities but by then it was too little too late. The intriguing premise was squandered by poor execution.



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2 Responses to “Review: THE 13TH SIGN by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb”

  1. SharonS

    That is a shame… I wanted to read this for the same reason as you and the cover is fabulous! Thanks for your review.

  2. Freda Mans

    That’s one rave review and one not-so-fond review I have read just today. Guess there will be mixed emotions with this book. That shows me it’s not one I will run out to buy.