Lions and lionesses, this is your month. People born between July 23rd and August 22nd are ruled by the 5th zodiac sign, Leo the Lion. A fire sign, Leos are proud, self-assured, loyal, generous, elegant, and independent. Besides having fun and enjoying life, Leos can also be bossy, controlling and sometimes a bit cocky.
Your horoscope this month is to remember to take time for yourself. Being in charge of so many projects, running the local charity 5K, dog adoption volunteer, bossing your younger siblings around, and prepping to run for student council president is exhausting. Schedule time to relax before summer break slips away. Find a comfy spot poolside, sip a cool beverage, and dive into these great books with other Leos like you.
Brooke Berlin is the Queen of Hollywood. Okay, maybe not quite yet, but soon. Daughter of super-mega movie star Brick Berlin, she knows what she wants and how to get it. She won’t let school, her father’s fickle attention, or a surprise half-sister from the boonies derail her from her dream of total stardom. Follow Brooke’s story in Spoiled and the new follow-up, Messy, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.
Sage gets into trouble all the time for his smart mouth and cocky attitude, so it’s no surprise that when rich nobleman Connor wants to purchase a servant from the orphanage Sage lives, the mistress is quick to give him away. It soon becomes obvious Connor is looking for more than an obedient slave: he’s launching a complex scheme to plant a fake prince on the throne of Carthya. He’s chosen three other boys to train to take the place of the presumed dead Prince Jaron. As Sage struggles to understand the plot and his role, he realizes he may not have a choice. His life and the fate of Carthya is at stake. Pick up Jennifer Nielson’s The False Prince (a Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee) to see if Sage can go from sheep to lion.
Who are some other YA Leos, those characters that take charge and don’t look back?
— Amanda Margis, currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and listening to Rotters by Daniel Kraus