Odd & True

Author: Cat Winters
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 368

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Goodreads 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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Odd & True had its creepy moments and supernatural dealings. It had me wanting more though, since the first few chapters promised so many more creatures and hauntings. Even with only a few spooky characters, it didn’t take away from the chills that I felt when reading this novel. Like the story of “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman) being told and having the wailing sounds fill the pages, or the spine-chilling entity that appears to crawl upward in one particular tea cup without stop.

Then we have the sisters, who really make this story what is and the kind of bond they have in the midst of it all. Odd is the best kind of sister to have, even if she confused Tru a little as she was growing up, she did it all to keep their minds from the truth and to protect her sister Tru from all the chaos that was soon to come. It’s what makes this story even better and much more captivating than just having the mystical side of it involved.

It’s all made even more mysterious when the rest of the family is introduced, when the backstories of how they came to be and what they’ve had to go through resurface. There really are things that go bump in the night, that follow once steps when walking the streets all alone, that crawl up windows to wreak havoc but get stopped by magical mirrors. If that wasn’t enough for the sisters to have to deal with, there is a physical impediment that could possibly make things a lot worse for them.

This novel reminds me of different stories like those written by the Grimm brothers and the adventures that Sam and Dean have on Supernatural. I couldn’t stop reading Odd & True! Even though there wasn’t always a scary scene going on, everything they went through and what they were trying to accomplish made it a great read. It’s definitely a book I would recommend reading in October and will be adding a copy to my shelves.

***I received this copy from Amulet Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***




  1. Kelly

    September 21, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Cat Winters is definitely one of my favorite authors. She has such a unique talent for being able to transport you into a beautifully written world that has the perfect creepy touch to it! So glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. Have you read The Steep and Thorny Way? I think that’s my favorite Cat Winters book so far. Awesome review!

    1. Jen

      September 23, 2017 at 6:44 am

      I just found out about her through this novel and I will definitely be checking out any other reads by her. Thank you for the suggestions, will look into those 🙂

  2. DJ Sakata

    September 23, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    this is a new book and author for me, I like the sound of it

    1. Jen

      September 29, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Same here, I’ve found some really great books this year since joining the book community… loving it!

  3. d

    September 29, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Great review! I loved how unique this one was and I am looking forward to reading more from Cat!

  4. Ella

    October 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Ineresting review!

  5. Reese

    October 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I had no idea this book even existed, which is a damn shame as it seems to hit a lot of my buttons (family! mystery! creepiness!), so thanks for sharing your review with us!!!


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