ODD & TRUE
Tru grew up on Od’s stories. Born in a castle with a monster-slaying mother and magic in her blood. But as Tru gets older, she starts to wonder if her sister’s tales are real. Tea leaves and tarot cards, demons and monsters, purple cloaks and a magical suitcase – the sisters go in search of their mother but find themselves facing off a demon Tru believes they were meant to find.
This one kept me guessing throughout. The story is told in switching POV chapters between Od and Tru’s past and present. Each of the past chapters revealed more about the present and it all came together brilliantly. Od and Tru’s bond is unbreakable and together they can face anything in a story where nothing is as it seems. This ended up being quite an emotional read. I am a huge fan of Cat Winter’s – both YA and adult novels – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS (Sampler)
I read the uncorrected sampler, which features three of the six stories expected in The Language of Thorns – The Too-Clever Fox, The Witch of Duva and Little Knife. Fairy tale, fantasy and beautiful storytelling come together in all three stories alongside stunning illustrations done in a midnight pallet of inky blue and deep pink.
The Too-Clever Fox is a story of legend and deception. A hunter in a snow-covered forest. The Witch of Duva was my favourite of the three, with a Hansel and Gretel feel to the tale. Mysterious disappearances and a witch’s cottage. Little Knife features beauty, enchantments and contests. All with twists I didn’t see coming. All wonderfully atmospheric. With colour illustrations and magic on every page, this is a gorgeous addition to any bookshelf. It reads like a classic book of dark fairy tales and I can’t wait to see the finished work.
Also read this month:
A Shiver of Snow and Sky – Lisa Lueddecke (review to come closer to release date)
Love, Lucas – Chantele Sedgwick
By Your Side – Kasie West
S.T.A.G.S – MA Bennett
My Side of the Diamond – Sally Gardner
Frostblood – Elly Blake
(See all reviews on Goodreads here)