Odd & True by Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Expected publication: September 12th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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.
When I asked for this book I had high hopes. I just loved the synopsis and I was dying to read it! This book was absolutely fantastic. It gripped me right from the start and I just wanted to know more about Od and Tru (Isn’t it so clever how the book was named?!) and all their fantastic tales!
The characters in this book were amazing. Trudchen and Odette are sisters and they have a very strong and beautiful bond. I was fascinated with Odette and her way to see the world. True was a very strong and interesting character as well. They are very different from each other and their lives have also been very different, but they love each other and they would do anything, literally anything for each other! I loved it!
The book is divided in different POVs and jumps in time a lot, but it’s very easy to keep pace with it and although it’s slightly slow in the beginning, it gets so fascinating and gripping! Basically, since children, Od always told amazing and fantastic tales about monsters, magical creatures and how their mom hunted them, to Tru. She believed that they were destined to do the same one day. There was a time when both believed it. But things are not the same anymore, especially when Od goes away.
Until one day, she comes back and pushes True into an adventure. It’s believed that there’s a monster prowling around a city and they are supposed to fight it and protect the city from harm.
I loved how they united each other to do that, how their relationship although changed with time, was still as strong as when they were little and how much I got to know about the characters. They were incredibly well described and it made the book really emotional and somewhat heavy and deep.
This book is more about inner demons than real ones. It’s about family, relationships, and loss. It has a lot of mystery in it that it’s done in a totally different way from what I’m used to, and I absolutely loved that! Especially how the Leeds Devil was incorporated for the historical fiction aspect.
The writing was also really different and captivating and I am definitely going to try more books from the author – I’m especially interested in In the Shadow of Blackbirds.
I have so much more to say about this book! But for now, these are the main things. I loved it and although this is not the type of books I normally go for, this is for sure a book that I will not forget easily.
This was simply wonderful and incredibly unique! And that end… it was everything I needed from a book! It just took my breath away! I loved this and I would definitely recommend it if you like historical fiction with supernatural in it.
Do you enjoy historical books with supernatural in it? What did you think of this one? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!