Bold, intelligent, adventurous Sagittarius, are you ready for the month ahead? Born in the fire sign named after the strong and steadfast centaur, Sagittarius are known for their wanderlust and constant curiosity. They are also known for their fiery but short-lived tempers. Besides seeking adventure, Sagittarius also seek knowledge and truth. With so much action and tumult in the coming month, it is important to find the perfect book to keep the fire of curiosity alive.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2012 Amazing Audiobook nominee)
Seraphina has become very good at avoiding the spotlight, even though her musical talents demand attention. When the Royal Prince of Goredd is viciously murdered, Seraphina is moved to perform at the funeral. She regrets the decision as it garners her attention, and she has a secret she must protect at all costs.
In Goredd, humans and dragons share a shaky peace that is threatened constantly. Since Seraphina has much at stake if the peace is broken, she seeks to solve the mystery of the royal murder with Prince Lucian Kiggs, the Queen’s head of the guard. As she grows closer to Kiggs, she also is more in danger from mysterious forces and revealing her own secret.
A debut novel from Rachel Hartman, Seraphina combines amazing fantasy world-building, strong and intelligent characters and an adventure worth exploring.
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell (2012 Reader’s Choice Nominee)
What happens when one choice, one decision, changes your life, your entire world, completely? Tessa and Lulu are more than sisters; they’re best friends. But even sisters can grow apart, especially when one gets what the other one wants. Every summer the traveling carnival comes into town, and this year is the first Tessa can go without her parents. This is also the perfect time for her to get her crush to finally notice her. Those plans are ruined when Lulu instead captures his attention. As the animosity and jealous between sisters grow, something else is growing — something mythical and terrifying. Something that Tessa cannot hope to control or understand.
Told in alternating chapters of narrative and graphic text, The Year of the Beasts is a complex story the bonds of family and what happens when emotions rage out of control.
Enjoy your month, Sagittarius, and keep seeking that next great adventure!
— Amanda Margis, a Sag girl, currently reading Who Could That Be At This Hour by Lemony Snicket and listening to Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein