ARC Review: Odd & True

Title: Odd and true

Author: Cat Winters

Publisher:  Amulet Books

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

3 stars
I liked it

*Thank you ABRAMS Kids for the ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Mysterious with a hint of creepiness.

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

“Tru, We’re lionhearted. Both of us.” 

This book clearly has all kinds of magic in it. It’s about a young girl named Odette who somehow was forced to leave their home and soon forbidden to see her younger sister Trudchen. Following in the footsteps of their mother, aunt, and uncle’s footsteps into seeking out and destroying monsters that go bump in the night. It’s about facing different kinds of demons and proving the importance of family. That standing beside your family is always best and would conquer all evil. Up until the last page of the book these girls have proven themselves to be brave and marvelous.

We believe in what we believe in, because it’s only when we believe to these things come to life.

This book is for people who are lost or have experienced so many wrong turns in life and are seeking or have found light and strength again. They do journey to different places, run around city streets and drink lots and lots of tea.

I have it three stars because I really did expect a lot of action, blood splashing, and etc. with this book but what I got was drama. Despite disappointing m expectations I enjoyed it rather well. From a point of view from one’s past and the point of view of the other’s present. They collide in the end to form one true message. (You have to read the book if you want to know that message or you can read below, but I warn you it’s filled with spoilers.)

SPOILER ALERT

“Danger still sniffs you out, even when you’re hiding–even when you don’t know it’s coming for you.” 

I expected lots of magic from this book, and from the very beginning I believed Od’s stories about monsters and creatures that take children in the night.

All throughout the story I see Odette as a young girl creating stories out of downcast circumstances in her life and making herself believe those stories are true as a way of coping from her loss and missteps. I find this story as really about Odette and her sister Trudchen as a secondary character. I do feel sorry for her to witness such tragedy at a young age where she realizes her father has another family. Telling her he can’t go with her because this is his real family.

I wondered if that made Mama, Tru, and me his phantom family. 

All the beauty and goodness of my childhood shattered across the ground, too broken to ever be mended. 

A child shouldn’t have to see that, but Uncle Magnus thought Od had to. Maybe it wasn’t right, but we can never question the ways of the world. That moment might have been part of the strength that Od used to keep going in life and to keep loving the people around her.

“The darkness will be coming for you, but you can’t let it win. You musn’t let it turn you into either a victim or a villain. You must always be the hero–always!” 

In other words, we must always stand up to our demons and never let anything thrown at us get us down. I interpret this entire book as a way of finding one’s self again and regaining strength from family.

“Even when you’re being attacked, or ridiculed, or thrown out on your own with no one else in the world to help you, you need to rise up from the pain and transform into a victor, no matter how much of a struggle it is, no matter how much it hurts. Always be the victor. 

Despite the truth being revealed that they had no blood trace of power within them, they created their own power and killed the beast themselves no matter what people think and no matter how much they refuse to believe them. All that mattered to them was the believed it and they had each other.

 

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