Waiting on Wednesday: Odd & True by Cat Winters

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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About the Book

Title: Odd & True
Author:  Cat Winters
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Synopsis

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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Literally me after reading that synopsis:

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Book Review: The Graces by Laure Eve

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Title: The Graces
By: Laure Eve
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Supernatural, Fantasy
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

ABOUT The Graces:

In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.
 
Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.
 
This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 


My Rants and Raves of The Graces

The Graces definitely has an eerie feel to it. Even though I had a hard time connecting to the story, I honestly believe this would be a great book to pick up around Halloween. Because there is a mystery behind the Grace family, I was enthralled in the idea of discovering their secrets. But more importantly, I was intrigued to read this book, due to the strange attraction that the younger Graces had on their peers. Is it magic? Is it lore? Is it a curse? Or is their lure and odd happenings just coincidences?   

Overall, this book was a struggle for me to read. I love books about witches, but the only thing that kept me reading was discovering the truth behind the mystery of the Grace family. I had a hard time connecting to the story, which I thought to be very slow-paced, possibly due to River’s flat, first person point-of-view. River, like her classmates, is strangely attracted to the Graces, but she’s attracted to them for different reasons (I won’t give any spoilers in this review). But once River is “in” with the Grace teenagers, things unexpectedly unravel and become crazy. In the end, I honestly said, “WHAT DID I JUST READ?!”

Even though The Graces was not one of my favorite books of the year, I would highly recommend it to readers that love getting lost in a story of mystery and the supernatural.

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My Rating: 2 out 5 Stars

NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.