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.
Cat Winters is one of those authors that when you hear she has a book coming out you mark your calendar to be prepared since she knows how to entertain. This latest offering on the YA alter only adds to that ideal.
She has this way of writing so descriptively the world is painted before your eyes pulling you into the story and keeping you on your toes with twists and turns coming at you throughout her plot but with only enough to keep you guessing as to where she could be taking you. Just when you think you’ve one upped her and figure it all out she throws something else at you to keep you off balance.
This story wasn’t as quick paced right away as some of her others but it didn’t take long to reach the level needed to hit all the emotional sweet spots. I loved how she developed the relationship between Od and Tru and showcased their complex family history. Through their stories you’re often left wondering who to believe as their lives seemed so very different but Winters doesn’t force you to take sides as ultimately this is a journey about them both. She’ll have you emotionally invested in the characters so be prepared because this is one hell of an adventurous ride which ends perfectly and leaves you wishing there could be more adventures with Od & Tru.
Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet Books for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com