Review | Cat Winters – Odd & True.


Title: Odd & True
Author: Cat Winters.
Pages: 358.
Publication: September 12th 2017 by Amulet Books. I received a review copy from the publisher. Thanks!

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

RATING:

I've been a fan of Cat Winters even since I read her first book, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Her other works, including The Cure for Dreaming, The Steep and Thorny way, The Uninvited and Yesternight are all excellent books and now she has added Odd & True to that growing list.

Her prose is beautiful and never fails to deliver. Od & True did not let me down. It is a heart-warming story about two sisters who come together to hunt monsters in America. A disclaimer though: if you are looking for many monsters and bloodshed, this is not the story for you. The whole story is based around the two sisters and the question what kind of monsters they are exactly hunting and whether they excist.

True is the POV that tells about the present. She is crippled by childhood polio, but she is definitely not someone defined by it. Her life at her aunt's house is rather boring and it made her voice less compelling than Od. She has no defined personality to make her stand out against Od, who tells about the past. I loved seeing their family history and how it builds up to their current situation. Od believes in monsters and fairytales, which makes her the 'crazy sister'. True doesn't know whether her sister is telling the truth or if she is being delusional, but she ends up traveling around with Od to find their mother.

There is a subtle, creepy atmosphere in this book. I didn't think her world-building was as good as her other work (those made me feel like I was walking around in history, it is less compelling here), but I loved the plot and pacing. I also love books that center around families and Od/True's relationship was fantastic. We need to have more of these dynamics in YA.

3 comments

  1. I also really enjoyed this, though it's the first book by Winters I've read. I agree the prose is really strong, which is something I typically struggle with in YA books. I also thought the premise was unique.

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  2. I'm actually glad to hear you say it's not SO much about the monsters and more about the sisters. I am super hoping to get to this book before 2017 is up, but it's not looking good!!! Great review!!

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  3. Yay :D Gorgeous review Mel. <3 I'm so glad you enjoyed this book too :) It was pretty awesome. But yeah, I understand what you mean about it not being fully like the other books; but still so good :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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