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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 reappe
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Amulet Books
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Veronika Hi! I'm a huge fan of hers, as well & was lucky enough to read an advanced readers copy. I found it rather different from her other novels, but…moreHi! I'm a huge fan of hers, as well & was lucky enough to read an advanced readers copy. I found it rather different from her other novels, but still just as fantastic. There's not really any romance, the concentration is 100% on the sisters' past, present and their relationship. It's really emotional, maybe more so than her other works. I think that's all I can say without spoilers, but rest assured, Od & Tru is definitely worth pre-ordering! :) (less)

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C.G. Drews
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ummmm someone just thumped an axe in my feels?! I was not prepared for this!! I actually had zero idea what to expect from this one, except (a) I wanted to try a Cat Winters book because several of my friends rave, and (b) it looks kind of like the 1900s version of Supernatural but with girls and axes WHICH IS MY AESTHETIC. It is absolutely that but also absolutely different. It's sooo ridiculously hard not to give spoilers!?! Like how the heck do I review this one.

Basically it's not just the st
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Sana
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. (Minor spoilers ahead)

This book was so weird and I mean that in the best way possible. It was bloody fantastic, I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This book was so refreshing, my god!!!!

This book is about sisters, devotion, and family. This book doesn't exactly have a "plot." From what I've read it involves weird monsters, and a whole lot of crazy mind fuckery. Odd claims magic and monsters are true, while Tru is raised to believe they don't exist and her sister is crazy.

Now what
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Candace Robinson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected it to be. It's about two sisters, Tru's chapters are the present while Od's are the past. There is a whole lot of sadness, but a beautiful bond between sisters. You go back and forth wondering if monsters are real or not. A great book that kept me captivated! Review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

Elise (TheBookishActress)
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of character-driven action books
Recommended to Elise by: Sana
I summed up Odd and True as "supernatural but historical fiction with sisters" and I honestly stand by that opinion. This isn't necessarily the creepy horror novel that I expected - it's more of a character-driven romp.

My biggest issue with this book was the plot taking so long to start. Due to the alternating plot threads, it takes around 70% of the book for things to really get started. I felt as if I wanted more from the plot development, to see more of this world and the worldbuilding. Why
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Inge
Odd & True is a remarkable story of two girls who are destined to be monster hunters. Guided by Od’s wondrous imagination and gifted storytelling, the girls create a handbook about monsters and how to slay them, never realising how much that book would mean one day.

Then Od mysteriously disappears. Tru, her head filled to the brim with stories of monsters and fairy tales, finds herself feeling rather disappointed and silly. After all, how could she be destined to become half of a monster hunt
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Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
This is a fantastic reading, full of magic, that contains one of the most beautiful sisterhood ties I've read about.-look that cover. BEAUTIFUL!

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I want to thank NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

4/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

I thought it would take me longer to read this book, since when you first start with it may seem a bit heavy or slow-paced, but I quickly overcame it and I found mysel
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TL
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
Won a Galley of this and bookmarks from the author via a giveaway she had on her instagram (https://www.instagram.com/catwintersb... .. ended May 8th), Thank you Miss Winters!! :)




(dunno if I was supposed to but I cut off the email she gave me to contact her, just in case)
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My reaction before receiving this book and after reading it:


This one started slower than her other ones for me but it didn't long overall for me to be enthralled with the story of Od (O
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
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descriptionI ADORE the cover on this one. Fabulous representation of the story. Great use of graphics. Great composition and title work.description

descriptionWhat a delightful little book this turned out to be. I thought going into this one that I was going to get something along the lines of the TV show Supernatural just with two sisters that chase monsters. What I ended up getting was very different than that and in my opinion so much better.

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This was a book about sisters who would do anything for each other. About the twists
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've always loved Winter's stories. The pure imagination that goes behind them as she merges both a historical feel and a paranormal element to every tale she weaves. Her latest, True and Odd Tales has to be one of my favorites yet.

Told in both Tru and Od's point of view as it weaves both through the past and present tenses, this story magical unfolds as each girl comes to find out not only about herself and their family secrets but about their past as well and what it means to be a Lowenherz an
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This book is a difficult one for me to review because even after reading it, I don't feel as if I came away with much from the story. I know that there was a story (I read it) but unfortunately, there wasn't any characteristics within the story or the characters to keep me invested throughout. It was not a novel that I will remember due to its mediocrity and it lost my attention multiple times while reading.

Unfortunately, I think the author was attempting too much for this story. It felt like i
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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
Odd and True is brilliantly written! I was kept on the edge of my seat always wondering what was going to happen next, if the monsters were real or not. This story gave me the whole “what is hiding around the next corner” feeling. It was tantalizing to my spidey senses. When I chose to read this book, it was because I really wanted a fast and furious monster hunt with maybe even a little gore. That is not what this story was about and I will admit I was disappointed. What this story really is ab ...more
Eilonwy
When Trudchen Grey was a child, her older sister Odette told her stories of how Tru was born in a castle in California, and how their mother, aunt, and uncle traveled the United States fighting monsters as teenagers. After Od runs away not long after Tru's 13th birthday, Tru begins to doubt her tales. After all, Tru has spent most of her life in Oregon with strict Aunt Viktoria, who brooks no talk of folklore or monsters. Mama left when Tru was small, and she's never even met Uncle Magnus. But t
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Stacee
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trudchen grew up hearing stories, from her older sister Odette, about her monster-slayer mother and a curse that was placed upon the family. Tru is older now, and Odette has been absent for a year, seemingly sent away by her aunt. Tru doesn’t know whether she should believe in the stories her sister told her, unsure whether they were just lies used to comfort her. Until one day, Od reappears with
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Emily May
I have loved every book by Ms Winters until this one. I just seem to be completely unable to get into it. All of the author's other books have had such a strong historical atmosphere and a central character that has made me care about what happens to them. I didn't get that here.

Trudchen bored me, even sometimes annoyed me. I found myself not caring about the truth behind her sister's stories, nor about what would happen to the two of them. I also got much less of a sense in this book that I'd b
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JenLovesBooks
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ha
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Jess
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first Cat Winters book! And I'm eagerly picking up Yesternight now. I can vouch that this is a story unlike any other that I've read. A true original plot that was nothing like I expected.

A few things that made me really adore this book: The sister bond that is built on love and loyalty. I loved reading the adventures they took together and where their journey brought them. I especially loved that Winters created a heroine that perseveres in light of her disability as a result of polio. You
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Fafa's Book Corner
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DNF

I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I had been seeing this book everywhere. I decided to request it. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

In the beginning I liked it. The story was interesting and it kept me engaged. But then it went downhill. I didn't particularly care about anything afterwards.

As this was a personal thing I still recommend.
♛Tash
Dec 02, 2015 marked it as to-read
*screeching*

Another Cat Winters <3
Mel (Epic Reading)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
I'm rounding up to 4 stars from 3.5. I think Cat Winters has a wonderful writing style. It's immersive, creepy and fits the 1900's time period perfectly. For this reason alone I will read more of her books (Odd & True was my first of hers). I also commend Winters for putting a disabled main character in an old setting where being disabled makes you expendable. Tru is a character that I think a lot of people will relate to and desperately want to be like. Which is only a good thing.

This book
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 ⇝LEAH⇜
3.8 Out of 5 "superstitious" STARS

While steeped in the supernatural, I wouldn't necessarily call this a paranormal or supernatural story.  It's really a story about the love and the bonds of family and for Trudgen and Odette, it’s a story about the bond of sisters.  It's about believing in yourself and also a story of finding yourself.  If you're looking for an action-packed demon-slaying kind of story, you won't really find it here.  This is a one of those take your time and savor kind of reads
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Erin
Honestly it took me awhile to really get into this book. I just about gave up. But I decided to give it a few more chapters and I'm glad I did. I really loved Od and Tru! Their sisterly bond is so dynamic and strong! Tru having a bad leg and kinda oblivious to what her mother and uncle lived doing. And od has pretty much embraced what she needs to do and carry on! The story jumps around a little bit wonly to a young Tru and Od to the adult Tru and Od! I also found myself loving Uncle magnus too! ...more
Sarah
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5-3/5 STARS

Unfortunately, I have come to the decision to DNF this book at 35%.
I have been trying to read this book for over two months and I just can’t bring myself to try anymore. I’ve picked it up, put it down, picked it up, put it down. I would read a chapter or two or a couple pages and then I would put it down and wouldn’t be fussed about picking it up again.

I really liked the premise this book had and was so excited to read it, but I just can’t continue on with it anymore.

I believe I set
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Veronika
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"In the world of grown-ups, you see, practical thinking is king; dreamers are fools and madmen. How ridiculous that is. I've decided I'd rather be foolish than ordinary."

I think a lot of you guys know that Cat Winters is one of my all time favorite authors. I adored each and every one of her books and I frequently gush about what an amazing writer she is. So, imagine my pleasure when I was approved for Odd & True on Netgalley. I was literal
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Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
It reminds of the tv show Grimm and instead of being set in the modern day, it’s set in the 18th century. The author carefully crafted a world where stories (about monsters) become a reality. Where the monster under a child’s bed could be real. The reader gets that feeling in the first pages of the book. Odette or “odd” (clever name play), tells a story to her little sister “tru” (Trudchen is such an odd name).

Odd is the older sister and she likes odd things. For instance, when she was young, sh
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Errin
This is a story about secrets. A story about sisters. And finally, a story about stories.

Spoiler-ish content ahead.

I'll get it right out of the way, this was not what I expected. I've always heard Cat Winters was an excellent YA historical fiction writer (I can truly attest to that after reading this). And this was the first ARC I picked up at Bookcon so I was excited to read about sisters hunting monsters (aka gender-swapped Supernatural!!). And just look at that badass cover. I adore how it po
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Mandy
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
*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 t
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Jodie Humphrey
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this one quite as much as I did.
But it was actually quite wonderful!

It's a tale about family bonds , myths & legends, the everyday struggles of life, and magic.

The story follows two very close sisters and each chapter alternates between each of their points of view.
The chapters by Tru happen in the present and take us on an adventure across America where we'll face dangers, hunt monsters, and uncover family secrets.
Od's chapters tell us about the past; how the tw
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Krysti
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story. It had a great dark and creepy tone to it, and I really loved the way Winters flipped back and forth between past and present to tense to continuously build tension throughout the story and deliver critical information to the reader at just the right moments.

I love to see strong sister relationships in YA fiction and Od & Tru are certainly that. Despite the difficult place their relationship starts out at in this story, the love they have for one another is evident thro
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T♠️bi
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OH MY STARS THAT IS A FIERCE COVER!!!

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And it covers an equally fierce story . . . though in a subtle kind of way, where you don't realize the depths of its ferocity until the middle of the story and you're left sitting there in both shock and awe. Yep, Cat Winters strikes again with this one, making me want to go and reread Yesternight to see if maybe I jumped the gun on giving it a lower rating that I have with all of her other books.

Though this had the same parts of Yesternight that made me rat
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Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD & TRUE, and a forthcoming novel about Edgar Allan Poe's teen years, THE RAVEN'S TALE (Spring 2019). She is also the author of two adult novels, THE UNINVITED and YESTERN ...more
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