Title: Odd & True
Author: Cat Winters
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Publication date: September 12th, 2017
My ranting: .75
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.
“Od has stuffed my brain full of legends, tall tales, fables, ghost stories, myths, magic, monsters, and promises of an epic great adventure.
In other words, lies.”
I cannot tell you how excited I was when I got and ARC of this book because this have been one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I even had it on my wishlist. So I basically started it immediately.
Now I’m not usually the best when it comes to remembering synopsis, so when I requested I read it and found it interesting but three days later I forgot most of what it was about. But I don’t know why I thought this was gonna be a story where two sisters hunt monsters. And let me tell you that was not it. There is only one chase in the entire book, and I did expected some more action.
The beginning was a bit slow and it took me a bit to get into the story and started enjoying it (maybe that had to do with the fact that I was going through a mayor book slump). But once I focus on the story I started enjoying it more than before.
“We can face whatever we need to face, because we’ve done it before. We’ve already proved we’re strong, Tru. We’re lionhearted. Both of us.”
I think my favourite part of the entire book were both main characters. Since they were little they’ve been told this amazing stories about monsters running through earth and how they mother and uncle were the ones who chased them, and how as Trud especially grew older, she realised that maybe those stories were not entirely true. And that’s where everything begins.
I cannot tell you how much I ADORED their relationship and how the entire focus of the story is how they take care of each other and how much they love each other. I haven’t read many books where there is no love interest, or where the sisterhood is so strong, but I definitely enjoyed it in here. And throughout the story you can get to see their character development, their interactions and how protective they are about each other.
It’s also about the transition from childhood, where you’re naive, ignorant and believe in everything your parents told you (including myths, legends…) to adulthood, where sometimes all that magic you saw when you were younger disappears. This is well portraited because the story is told in two poinst of view, and that made you know more about both sister’s back story. The past is told from Odette’s perspective, and the present from Trud. And as you’re reading things that happened in the past, you also get to know her parents, what happened and all that jazz which was quite interesting, actually.
“I wondered if the mirror would flash with a blinding light and snatch one of them away.
I wondered which of them might have been a monster in our midst.”
And LET ME TELL YOU THE ENDING WAS SOO INCREDIBLE! I honestly didn’t expected to be that good, because all the action I was expecting to happen at the beginning of the book was pacted at the very end. I want to keep things spoiler free so I’m not going to talk about some things that happened but I was so invested in the story by that time that I really enjoyed the ending.
So overall I think that if you expect this book to be a let’s-go-hunting-monsters type of story you’ll proably be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a different type of fantasy with a great sister relationship then go pick it up.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book. This, however doesn’t change my opinion of this book.