Odd & True

Odd & True

by Cat Winters


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Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of a monster slaying 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 injured and in constant pain from a childhood illness. In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419735080
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 474,763
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cat Winters is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels The Steep and Thorny Way, The Cure for Dreaming, and In the Shadow of Blackbirds, the latter of which collected three starred reviews and was a William C. Morris Award YA Debut Award finalist. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Odd & True 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Elliot_A More than 1 year ago
I was given this ARC by NetGalley in return for an honest review. With all Cat Winters’ books, I read them in one or two sittings, trying to swallow them whole and then mope that I have to wait for her next book to be published. Odd & True is no exception, I loved every page of it. The main characters, two sisters are very different, yet joined together in a fantastical adventure that has the reader question what is reality and what is myth. The author’s talent and skill creating not only two very interesting young women to follow along their journey, but also a setting that suits this story so well is a great treat for every reader looking to get lost in a story of monsters and historical fiction. Just like all of the author’s other works, this one is a gem that can be read in one sitting, but stays with the reader long after. I highly recommend this story to anyone, looking for suspense, strong female leads and a thin line between what is and what could be.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Odette used to tell her sister Trudchen all about their family's monster slaying, curses and creatures of the night. Tru hasn't seen her sister in a while and misses her stories. She's living with her aunt, while Od was sent away to work. Tru had polio when she was a child, which has left her permanently disabled, and her sister's stories used to be a welcome distraction from the often boring and difficult daily life. However, what can she believe of everything her sister used to tell her, are the tales she spins actually true or did Od make them all up? When Tru is fifteen years old Od shows up again to take her away. Od wants them to go on a journey. It's time for her to keep her sister safe from the monsters and she has a large amount of weapons at her disposal. Od and Tru are traveling the country to find their mother. Meanwhile they're also hearing stories about the Leeds Devil. Are monsters actually real and if they do exist should Od and Tru follow in the footsteps of their family and be there to make the world a safer place? Odd & True is a fantastic story about two very special siblings. Cat Winters alternates between the two sisters and the reader gets to see the past through Od's eyes and the present through Tru's. I equally loved both voices and couldn't wait to find out where their story would lead. I'm a big fan of stories about siblings and Od and Tru are a brilliant pair. Tru is kindhearted, gentle and brave. Od is outspoken, damaged and caring. They are different, but share their love for stories. Od wants to protect her sister by keeping reality away from her, which is chivalrous, sweet and also a little bit naive. I loved the interaction between the two sisters, they both grow as a person and while Od always tries to keep the bad things away from Tru they slowly become equals, which was incredible to witness. Cat Winters writes about the difficulties of life when you don't have much money at the beginning of the twentieth century in a beautiful realistic way. She combines this with a fantastic part filled with creepy monsters and legends. I really liked the overlap between the two stories and the constant doubt I had about Od's tales. I couldn't discard them, but also didn't know if I should believe them. Therefore I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out where the story would lead and Cat Winters kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Her books always manage to captivate and spellbind me and I love how gorgeous her writing is. I highly recommend Odd & True it's a terrific story.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This novel was fun and entertaining. The story moved quickly and with gusto. I liked True’s apprehension and then later as the novel progressed, the fire that is ignited within her. I liked Od’s love for her sister and the determination that she had to succeed. I loved the variety of characters, their parts in the novel and their influence on the two sisters. The history of the family gave the story a fantastic push, propelling the characters into a world where they were challenging themselves and facing their greatest fears. The handbag became central to me. Its history coupled with its lettering (which marked its beginnings), gave me hope as the sisters began their adventure. I feel that the author did a fantastic job with the descriptions in this novel. True’s tea readings gave me a run for my money. I was over-analyzing the items she was observing in her cup, always thinking the worse. I loved how the sisters examined the different parts of their lives and reflected upon them, they were true detectives. It’s a novel of change as the sister’s relationship changed as the novel progressed and so did each of the sisters. This was an adventurous novel, a novel to have fun with and enjoy.
ReadingBifrost More than 1 year ago
Od is the spunky older sister full of adventure and secrets. She’s honestly full of bad decisions and dumb ideas, then drags her sister along with her. Most of the things she does seems to have no rhyme or reason other than to further along the plot. The character doesn’t really have that much structure. The younger sister Tru gets really whiney; something I can put up with in secondary or minor characters but don’t have much love for in a main character. She’s very reluctant to go with her sister, but has a surge of bravery; then seems to be drained of it all. For the rest of the book she’s mainly pushed and pulled along during the story until the very end. The story itself is told in part truths and lies; bouncing from the present to different episodes in the past. It’s not all that hard to keep up with where you are in the story line once you get used to the format, but it also doesn’t quite work for me. The reader is shown a half-truth or a full out lie, then pulled into the past and shown what really happened. It leaves no mystery and no big revealing moments, just small snippets throughout the book. It doesn’t have much of a plot, and nothing interesting happens through 70% of the story. The supernatural element of the book hangs in the air during the entire story; is Od just making it up or does the supernatural really exist? Naturally it’s revealed at the end of the book, but in a way that still leaves the reader skeptical of everything that took place. Overall, I did not like this book at all. It had it’s moments, but the characters were flat and the pace was so slow that most readers will probably give up within the first few chapters. Historical readers may read through it for the setting, but fans of supernatural or adventure novels will be disappointed.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. It's one that as you read you may start out thinking that for sure it is going to be about monsters. But then as you get going, there are things that happen that make you start to wonder if the book is really going to have monsters, or if they are all the product of some wild imaginations and used to help put more normal, human "monsters" in an easier place to deal with in their minds. But really, it doesn't matter which part of the story it is, which type of chapter, it kept you reading. While I really love all things monster and supernatural, and that is what drew me to the story in the first place, there was actually parts of the book where we were getting a look at what really happened, real world stuff, and I was upset when that part would leave off in order to go back to the part of the story that was in the supernatural world, or at least you thought it was. I'm not going to tell you for sure whether it actually was a supernatural monster or monsters in the story, you need to read and find out for yourself. But the hunt to get there to find out is definitely worth your time. And I wasn't disappointed in the way it all ended in any way really. The book did a great job at looking how not all monsters are supernatural, and how you don't have to be a big strong man or have a gun or other fancy tools in order to defeat the monster. It makes you see how there are chances for redemption, and there really are reasons to keep your family close and stay with those who are there for you and have been there for you. The reasons why people do things may not always be what you expect. And everyone deserves a chance. I also like how at the end of the book you get a really great epilogue, as well as a little section from the author with a list of resources in case you want to know more about any of the aspects in the book, both supernatural as well as scientific or historical. This is my first book by the author, although I've had her other books on my TBR, and now will have to make sure to go back and read them soon!
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
*I received an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thanks so much for sending me over a copy!!* *forever hanging head in book shame because this is Cat Winters and I should not be giving it 2 odd & true crowns* Gosh, I wanted to like this book. It sounds like so much perfection for this Book Princess. Do I love Cat Winters? YES. SO MUCH YES. Do I love monster hunters? Um, have you see my posts on Bigfoot and aliens? Would I totally love the two together? YESYESYESYESYESYES. Somehow, this book didn't really work out for me, though. I think the biggest issue that I had was the pacing and the connection with characters. The story just seemed so slow. I know we were learning about the history and establishing relationships and doing world building, but it just felt so slow. I would get bored halfway down the page and even Winters' beautiful writing and talk of monsters that lurk in the dark couldn't get me excited. I knew I had an issue when I literally sat this down - it being one of my most highly anticipated novels of the years - and didn't want to pick it back up. Literally, I picked anything I could over it. I'm not sure why I wasn't enthralled, but I think it just became too slow to get to anywhere, and I didn't like that at all. My other issue was the characters. I never really connected with Odette or Tru. I mean, they were there...and that was it for me. There would be moments I liked Od, but then there was times that she seemed to completely disregard Tru's disability and then I was back to not caring one wink about her. She seems like a mysterious, intriguing character, but the magic wore a bit off on her. And then Tru was...I never got a true feeling for Tru (heh, see what I did there?). She was just going along for the ride. I couldn't name you her defining characteristics except that she could see bat like creatures in her tea, she once had polio, and she really wants to see her mom. What is like as a person? Quiet, shy, eager, a dreamer? I'm not sure (and no, I haven't forgotten since I literally just finished this book today). These two obstacles really dragged the story down for me. However, there were some things that I really did enjoy. Winters, as always, is a fantastic writing that creates an atmosphere like no other. Her historical fiction is brilliant, unique, and a magical blend of mystery, real life, and the supernatural. She always has you on the edge - continuously asking, is there really the supernatural or is it just a carefully crafted illusion? She's wickedly brilliant at it, and I'm forever impressed. The story itself was intriguing as well, and the infusion of folklore was so beautiful as well. As I said, the story just bogged down by a lot of slow pacing and the blankness of the characters for me. Winters is still a remarkably talented writer, and I can't wait to get to her other stories. This one just missed the mark for me, but it still had a lot of potential. 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating - since it had a good story but those mousies kind of did slow down the pacing so remarkably well. XD
erinlee20 More than 1 year ago
I had been waiting to get my hands on a copy of Odd & True by Cat Winters from the moment I knew she was writing this book. This book had such a wonderful feel to it and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. It is told from both Odette’s and Trudchen’s perspectives and I thought that helped tell the whole story. With that said, this review definitely won’t cover all the details as a lot happens and there are various things that I don’t want to give away. Odette and Trudchen are sisters and I loved these two characters. They are both survivors and had such strength. Trudchen is the younger sister and she grew up on stories that Od told her about their mother and monsters. As she gets older, Tru begins to think the stories were just lies she told her. The more Tru learns about her mother and sister, the more she wonders who they really are. I enjoyed the historical feel to this book too. As a child, Tru had polio and is now in constant pain and disabled. Living with her aunt, she wonders what she is destined for and whether she really has any magic in her like Od told her. I liked Tru – she was smart and it was clear she was looking for something more than just living her life locked away in her aunt’s house. When Od comes back after having been gone for two years, she jumps at the chance to be with her sister and attempt to find her mother. Od hasn’t had an easy time of it while away from Tru. Heck, she didn’t have an easy time when she was a young kid living with her mother. She learns some difficult things early on about her mother and father. Now that she is older, when she was required to leave the farm and get a job, she finds herself in a difficult situation. Living with a family as a live in maid takes her away from her sister and she is introduced to a boy named Cy. It is clear that Od is lonely and when Cy starts to leave her books at her door, she finds him to be a comfort and an escape from the loneliness she feels during the day being away from her family. When Od finally comes back to the farm for Tru, they jump back into their old roles but Tru has become a much stronger version of herself and while Od tends to direct them where they are headed, Tru gets her way and she wants to find their mother. They also decide they are going to find the Leeds Devil. When they run into Cy and some of his friends, they join his group to travel to New Jersey even though Od is definitely not comfortable with the whole situation. It is clear that Od is hiding something from Tru and Tru is motivated to figure out what it is. Turns out, there are a few things that Od hasn’t been completely forthcoming about. The other characters we are introduced to add to the overall story and help to move things along. Their mother, their father, Aunt Vik, Uncle Magnus, and Cy…all played an important role in the overall story and I thought Winters did a wonderful job of tying their stories into Od and Tru’s stories. I don’t want to say much more about this story as I want everyone to read this and see what happens on their own. Honestly, my review probably feels a bit sparse or choppy (at least it does to me) but I can’t help it. There is so much that I could say about this book but really don’t want to as I don’t think I would do the story justice. In the end this is about family and yes there is a paranormal / fantasy twist to this that only makes it that much more interesting.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Odd & True will captivate you from page one. Cat Winters has created a surprisingly imaginative story. Prepare yourself for a journey of life, love, horror, and shocking twists. The Plot: Trudchen has grown up with the stories her sister, Odette, has told her about monsters and hunters. So far, the only monster she has ever met was the one that disabled her as a child, Polio. At the age of fifteen, two years after Od has mysteriously been sent away by their Aunt Viktoria, Tru gets a knock on her window in the middle of the night. Reunited, Od drags Tru on an adventure to hunt the infamous Leeds Devil. But will the sisters discover more horrors than a supposed monster? This one was quite the unexpected read. It held promises of Supernatural style hunting with historical fiction aspects from Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but it delivered so much more! It was a medium paced, fantastic, coming of age story with hidden bits of horror, whimsy, and intrigue. I absolutely loved this book! It gets all the stars from me! I finished it in one day and cannot stop thinking about it. Winters did an exceptional job with creating this story around the sisters, Trudchen and Odette. There is this incredible bond between the two that only true sisters can have! The setting and world building is outstanding and the characters were outstandingly written! Odette was such an amazing oddity. She had such depth and portrayed a sense of disconnection from reality. She was brave and fragile at the same time. She truly cared about her sister, and had such woeful determination to accomplish her search. She added both gravity and fantasy to the story and helped to shape Trudchen's character. Trudchen was a fantastic character. As a child, she was innocent, gullible, and curious. She undergoes an incredible transformation and becomes a grounded, skeptical young lady. She doesn't let her disability hold her back and she holds grand morals of knowing right from wrong and showing love for family. I recommend this book hands down! Odd & True will take you on a journey through the lives of these two sisters and all the bumps in their road. It is full of unexpected twists and has an ending that will both surprise you and leave you wanting for more! This one gets a full 5 stars from me and I am terribly excited to read more from Cat Winters! Thank you to NetGalley and Amulet Books/Abrams Kids for providing me with this free Advanced Reading E-copy in exchange for my honest review!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved this synopsis and that cover and I wasn't disappointed at all. Love love loved Od and Tru {and especially loved how their names became the title.} They're both so strong and devoted to each other. Their dynamic and faithfulness was quite delightful. Plot wise, it's a bit of a slow burn. The story unfolds with a bit of quiet anticipation and instead of it being annoying {because I have no patience}, it really works. I enjoyed the past chapters from Odette's POV and by the time the ending came, I was easily swept up in what was happening. Overall, it was an intriguing read that grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I would have liked just a bit more from the ending, but the epilogue was perfection. **Huge thanks to Amulet Books for providing the arc free of charge**