Odd & True
Author: Cat Winters
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Odd & True had its creepy moments and supernatural dealings. It had me wanting more though, since the first few chapters promised so many more creatures and hauntings. Even with only a few spooky characters, it didn’t take away from the chills that I felt when reading this novel. Like the story of “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman) being told and having the wailing sounds fill the pages, or the spine-chilling entity that appears to crawl upward in one particular tea cup without stop.
Then we have the sisters, who really make this story what is and the kind of bond they have in the midst of it all. Odd is the best kind of sister to have, even if she confused Tru a little as she was growing up, she did it all to keep their minds from the truth and to protect her sister Tru from all the chaos that was soon to come. It’s what makes this story even better and much more captivating than just having the mystical side of it involved.
It’s all made even more mysterious when the rest of the family is introduced, when the backstories of how they came to be and what they’ve had to go through resurface. There really are things that go bump in the night, that follow once steps when walking the streets all alone, that crawl up windows to wreak havoc but get stopped by magical mirrors. If that wasn’t enough for the sisters to have to deal with, there is a physical impediment that could possibly make things a lot worse for them.
This novel reminds me of different stories like those written by the Grimm brothers and the adventures that Sam and Dean have on Supernatural. I couldn’t stop reading Odd & True! Even though there wasn’t always a scary scene going on, everything they went through and what they were trying to accomplish made it a great read. It’s definitely a book I would recommend reading in October and will be adding a copy to my shelves.
***I received this copy from Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***