This post is an article from the Fall 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by teen reviewer Emily at the Cedar Mill Community Library.
Note: Author Cat Winters will be visiting the Cedar Mill Library on November 8th to talk about her books with teens and tweens at 3pm.
Book: Odd & True by Cat Winters
Published: September 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Recommended for: Fans of mystery, adventure, historical fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars
Odette has spun mystical, magical tales for her younger sister Trudchen ever since they were little. Now that she’s older, however, Tru is starting to lose the magic from these stories. She’s realizing that they were nothing more than just that, stories. Od was just trying to comfort Tru through the long, worrisome nights and Tru’s constant pain from the effects of “a bout of fevers.” Tru seems destined to a life at home with her aunt, until one night when Od shows back up at her window. Od tells Tru that all those magical stories that they shared long into the night were, in fact, very true. Monsters roam the world and, if the girls aren’t careful, they could be in grave danger. The sisters embark on a magical journey across the United States to find their monster hunting mother at the turn of the 20th Century. Danger and red herrings follow them at every turn as they learn of their true powers and destiny.
Once again, Cat Winters has created an incredible historical fantasy novel with a totally unique new storyline. The characters have fresh personality and are very well developed. She wonderfully blends true Oregon history with her world of wonder and magic. I’m not normally a fantasy fan unless it’s by Cat Winters, especially considering I love historical fiction. Every book is obviously well researched and true to life, besides the magic of course. The book reads at a perfect pace and I could not put it down. Every new mystery adds wonderfully to the storyline that’s wrapped up in the perfect ending for the story. Being an Oregonian really added to my enjoyment of the book, but regardless of where you’re from, this book is a must read.
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