Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical
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.
This book was so weird and I mean that in the best way possible. It was bloody fantastic, I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book was so refreshing, my god!!!!
This book is about sisters, devotion, and family. From what I’ve read it involves weird monsters, and a whole lot of crazy mind fuckery. Odd claims magc and monsters are true, while Tru is raised to believe they don’t exist and her sister is crazy.
Now what in the fuck is true??
This book starts out slow and boring, but around the 25% mark, I was hooked. It’s told in two perspective, the present and the past. The present told from Tru’s POV and the past from Odd’s POV. I, personally, enjoyed Odd’s POV the most. The present wasn’t nearly that exciting for me because I personally found Odd and Tru’s family history and build up to the present much more enjoyable.
I didn’t really like Tru that much and couldn’t care less for her POV. I honestly, didn’t enjoy the present story at all. She was a very underdeveloped and dull character. She literally has no personality AT ALL. So she was very boring. BUTT, I do love how she had a disability and she didn’t let herself be defined as the “crippled girl.” She doesn’t let her disability stop her from doing what she wants to do. I loved that about her.
Odd, on the other hand, was a very intriguing character. Everyone thought she was crazy and delusional for believing in fairy tales and monsters. She was very kind and loving towards her sister and would do anything to protect her. I loved the sibling relationship. These girls loved each other despite their fucked up family history and would die for each other. Anyways, I loved reading about Odd’s past. I loved how everything is revealed and it’s just very intriguing for me.
Overall, I freaking loved this, despite my issues. This book was such a surprise!
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book will be released September 12th 2017.