Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.
A heartwarming tale of two sisters, full of love, darkness and fairytales. You don’t want to miss this tale!
I am an avid lover of all things supernatural, add YA into the mix and you have my heart! This book wasn’t what I expected it to be – it’s not all action packed monster killing like you might think – but what I got is so much more with so much feeling.
Od and Tru have an extraordinary sisterly bond – one that I am in awe of. Even though they’ve been separate for some time, they deeply care for each other and their love has a huge impact in the story. Sisterhood plays a massive part in this story, one that Cat portrayed wonderfully.
Both characters have such individuality. Od is this vibrant, ballsy young woman, a storyteller and protector of the ones she loves, especially Tru – but she has her own demons and I felt such a connection with her and really sympathized for her story. Tru is quite different, she’s young and sweet and has been sheltered from the world due to her disability – but she doesn’t let it stop her when it comes to joining with her sister again and searching for answers.
I love how Cat constructed the chapters – they switch from Tru’s point of view in the present day, to Od’s point of view in the past. I really got a feel for both characters this way and learnt some much-needed information for the plot.
Cat explored some really harrowing situations – ones that can be found in real life – which is not often seen in a YA book. But I think younger readers need to know some of these things and how these situations can unfold and exploring them in a book that you feel a connection to is a good way of doing so. Darker themes are rooted in this book and they certainly brought plenty a tear to my eye!
I had so many emotions swimming around once I’d finished the book – I truly adore the ending and applaud Cat for how she concluded it! I definitely cried – happy tears.
*I want to thank Amulet Books for sending the book my way in return for an honest review* Odd & True by Cat Winters (Abrams, £12.99).