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Odd & True


2.5 - 3/5 STARS

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.

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Unfortunately, I have come to the decision to DNF this book at 35%. I have been trying to read this book for over two months and I just can’t bring myself to try anymore. I’ve picked it up, put it down, picked it up, put it down. I would read a chapter or two or a couple pages and then I would put it down and wouldn’t be fussed about picking it up again.

I really liked the premise this book had and was so excited to read it, but I just can’t continue on with it anymore.

I believe I set my expectations too high which is why I feel a little dismayed that it wasn’t having the effect I thought it would have on me.

I didn’t really enjoy the bouncing back and forth between past and present. To me it was quite disorientating at times. Don’t get me wrong, it was really good to read the past and how they came to be where they are now etc. but it was too long. I honestly just wanted to read what Od and Tru were up to now over the past flashbacks. I was having a hard time grasping the plot of the novel as well, which isn’t a great thing.

I did love the relationship the sisters had with each other and that they were strong female characters.

I also enjoyed the actual writing in itself, it was quite magical, you could visualise what was actually happening in the novel and that is when you know the writing is good.

Maybe one day I will come back to this novel and try again. Thank you to the publisher for providing me an e-ARC of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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