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.
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal
Title: Odd & True
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Considering how much I dislike history, I think it’s safe to say I was not originally feeling this book. I thought it’d be something set back in an earlier time (which I’m totally fine with) with two sisters fighting the paranormal activity on the cobblestone streets of the 1900s. Like that vampire hunter movie with President Lincoln, you know? But a few chapters into this, you quickly realize that it’s a story about two POVs; one sister in the present, and one in the past.
Now I did like the way the author thought to write this. The present tells you of this monster-hunting family descending from Germany and how they’ve all fallen on hard times based on their own personal struggles. I liked this because I love all things paranormal, and fairy tales that go bump in the night is always a thrill. The other POV, which switches back to the past, is about what really happened. It’s not fantastical at all, but rather reality-based, full of harsh truths and literal reality checks. You quickly realize that not everything Od has told Tru is– well, true. Aside from this cool little thing, I thought the book was slow. It often killed what excitement I had because I was waiting so long. And it’s not because I don’t like history, it just really took its sweet time going about things. The climax was really good and reestablished my faith in the paranormal, and though I ended up thinking this was an okay read by the end, the last chapter and epilogue was just… amazing. If you like historical reads with some paranormal woven in there, you could check this out.