The Cold Is in Her Bones

The Cold Is in Her Bones Milla knows two things to be true Demons are real and fear will keep her safe Milla s whole world is her family s farm She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved

  • Title: The Cold Is in Her Bones
  • Author: Peternelle van Arsdale
  • ISBN: 1481488449
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Milla knows two things to be true Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.Milla s whole world is her family s farm She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas When a bright eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end But Iris has a secret she s forbidden Milla knows two things to be true Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.Milla s whole world is her family s farm She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas When a bright eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end But Iris has a secret she s forbidden to share The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 288 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K McElderry Books More Details ISBN 1481488449 ISBN13 9781481488440 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Cold Is in Her Bones, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is there an ARC of this Id love to pre read this like 6 months ago Add your answer Bianca there is now On Netgalley flag See 1 question about The Cold Is in Her Bones Lists with This Book YA Novels of 2019 735 books 1,309 voters YA Releases of January, 2019 60 books 344 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 22, 2019 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult fantasy novel that is inspired by the myth of Medusa One young girl needs to find the strength to break a curse upon her family and friends before the curse takes her too.Young Milla has never known anyone other than her immediate family and sometimes that isolation of their remote farm can become overwhelmingly lonely When Milla s parents agree to let another older couple stay and help them run the farm Milla never expected t The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult fantasy novel that is inspired by the myth of Medusa One young girl needs to find the strength to break a curse upon her family and friends before the curse takes her too.Young Milla has never known anyone other than her immediate family and sometimes that isolation of their remote farm can become overwhelmingly lonely When Milla s parents agree to let another older couple stay and help them run the farm Milla never expected to have their granddaughter join them too but when Iris arrived Milla found the friend that she always wanted.With Iris becoming Milla s friend and a possible match for Milla s brother to marry one day things seem to be looking up for Milla and a little less lonely However, the day comes when Iris begins to show signs of the curse that has haunted the village s young girls all the way out on their farm When Iris is carted off to a place for the cursed Milla vows to do whatever she can to help her friend.When thinking of Medusa things like chilling and creepy come to mind and The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale really seemed to capture that eerie feel rather well This one was a bit of a slow burn read but while it took a bit to return to the darkness that the prologue had given a glimpse into it really had me curious enough that I wanted to continue to get to know the characters and the story If demons, witches, curses and vengeance sound good then you may want to give this one a try.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 35 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Hollis rated it did not like it Shelves 2018 reads, arc, baa baa black sheep, ebook, family focused, fantasy, finished in december 2018, nope, pull the lever kronk, retellings This is going to be short because I just don t want to waste any time on this experience I did sorta like the opening chapter first part of THE COLD IS IN HER BONES I was intrigued as to where and how this Medusa retelling was going to go But everything after it was a total snooze fest of weird without answers or direction As of 60%, however, things just got messy and weird and batshit no Would not recommend I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher thank you in exchan This is going to be short because I just don t want to waste any time on this experience I did sorta like the opening chapter first part of THE COLD IS IN HER BONES I was intrigued as to where and how this Medusa retelling was going to go But everything after it was a total snooze fest of weird without answers or direction As of 60%, however, things just got messy and weird and batshit no Would not recommend I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review flag 33 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 27, 2019 Erin rated it really liked it Shelves kindle, netgalley 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for granting my wish and sending me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Who can resist a tale that is inspired by the Medusa myth I certainly couldn t and was from the very first page lost in this dark mesmerizing tale The Cold is in Her Bones is all about the bonds between siblings, friendship, young women finding themselves, and vengenance too I feel that this is a novel that will appeal to both YA and adult audiences, even if snakes aren t your thing 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for granting my wish and sending me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Who can resist a tale that is inspired by the Medusa myth I certainly couldn t and was from the very first page lost in this dark mesmerizing tale The Cold is in Her Bones is all about the bonds between siblings, friendship, young women finding themselves, and vengenance too I feel that this is a novel that will appeal to both YA and adult audiences, even if snakes aren t your thing I felt the atmosphere of the novel very similar to the hysteria that surrounded the Salem Witch trials in the 17th century The way in which all girl children were looked at as being suscepetible to the demons or the darkness and were often ignored by their society Peternelle van Arsdale captured me with her haunting imagery and I most certainly am placing her on my must watch list flag 31 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Felicia Hmm sounds interesting Great review, Erin Jan 28, 2019 04 59PM Erin Felicia wrote Hmm sounds interesting Great review, Erin Thanks, Felicia I am a sucker for these retellings Jan 29, 2019 05 08AM Jun 14, 2018 Billie rated it it was amazing I have started this multiple times and deleted every one I don t know how to talk about this book in a way which will convey how beautiful and haunting and meaningful it is.This is a fairy tale, yes, but it is than that It is the story of a girl who is not beautiful nor plucky a girl who is not always good or kind or obedient, though she is very good at pretending to be all of those things this is not the story of a girl who finds her prince or kind woodsman or farm boy and lives Happ I have started this multiple times and deleted every one I don t know how to talk about this book in a way which will convey how beautiful and haunting and meaningful it is.This is a fairy tale, yes, but it is than that It is the story of a girl who is not beautiful nor plucky a girl who is not always good or kind or obedient, though she is very good at pretending to be all of those things this is not the story of a girl who finds her prince or kind woodsman or farm boy and lives Happily Ever After This is the story of a girl who chafes against the constraints that have been put on her life and who breaks free of them, not to save her True Love, but to rescue her brother and the sister of her heart This is a fairy tale about all those girls who are not especially brave or talented or beautiful or anything , really, than girls who want than the role that has been assigned to them It s for the girls who know that you can t be kept safe, that the bad things are going to find you no matter how well you think you hide and that it s better to go out and face them on your terms This is a fairy tale where Happily Ever After is properly Contentedly Ever After and where True Love is the love of self and family and it is than enough.And that tells you f ck all about the plot or the characters or the lovely prose or the chilling, melancholy atmosphere, but those are just the clothes that dress the heart of the story a story about a girl who could be any girl, a girl who is full of anger and hurt and also love, who sets out to save those she loves because even though others may be suited to doing so, she s the only one who will.And, gods, I m still not saying a tenth of what I want Just read it It s lovely and dark and will speak to any girl who ever felt she wasn t enough in some way every girl, in other words flag 26 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 18, 2019 JenacideByBibliophile rated it really liked it Shelves retellings, childrens, coming of age, fantasy ya, fiction ya, fiction ya teen, hidden gems, pre teen, positive wtf books, spooky reads Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children s Publishing, via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion Something slithery this way comes Gather round my cunning Slytherins I ve got a retelling of our dear mummy dearest MedusaIf Milla knows anything, it is that she must be a good girl She must do her chores efficiently, must always stay clean and tidy, mustn t ask questions that do not deserve answers, and must always pray to keep the demons away But Mil Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children s Publishing, via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion Something slithery this way comes Gather round my cunning Slytherins I ve got a retelling of our dear mummy dearest MedusaIf Milla knows anything, it is that she must be a good girl She must do her chores efficiently, must always stay clean and tidy, mustn t ask questions that do not deserve answers, and must always pray to keep the demons away But Milla s life is one of loneliness and solitude She does not have the luxury of traveling to the nearby village or making friends, and her mother shows her much less attention and affection in comparison to her brother Though the arrival of a young girl named Iris gives Milla someone to finally talk to and befriend, Milla finally learns of the reasoning behind her forced solitude These is a curse on the girls in the village, one that makes each of them go insane, and Iris is showing signs of possession Milla races to help her new friend, but soon finds that she might be changing as well Without a doubt, this is my first official positive WTF read of 2019 The Cold is in Her Bones is supposed to be a retelling of dear mother Medusa, but it s a loose retelling The tale goes as such A young girl named Hulda lived with her mother and father, and her dearly beloved Sister As young children the sisters were inseparable, sleeping so entwined with one another that they would wake with their hair knotted together But as they grew older, the sisters drifted apart Hulda was not given the same adoration and attention as The Sister, and grew lonely and isolated To fulfill her loneliness Hulda spent her time in the woods, making friends with the snakes, learning their names and letting them burrow in her hair But when one of the snakes was seen in her hair, it was ripped out and thrown into the fire by The Sisters betrothed For the anguish and grief that Hulda felt for her snake, the others saw her as being possessed Her family took her into the woods, buried her in the snow, and left her there in the hopes that the demon would leave her body When Hulda woke with vengeance in her heart, and a body consisting of snakes, she cursed the village and all the inhabitants so they may never again feel peace or content.You know those horror movies set in the 1800 s where there is a family, with their farm, and they churn butter and chop wood Where an older sibling will tell the younger children folk tales about witches and curses, so as to scare them into being good This is EXACTLY like that except much sad, and way less gruesome.This feels like a Tim Burton film waiting patiently to be made, or at least one of similar taste It has the oddities and dark tones that every great children s horror has, but it is also loaded with all the necessary lessons and positive morals that one is told as a child Or should have been told It centers on themes of family values, being kind to others, having compassion for differences, and the cruel nature of vengeance There are many small tales within this tale that is told to the reader, and each one enhances the grittiness and somber themes that envelope this story Once the reader is told the tale of Hulda, the story then switches off to Milla It explains her home life and the struggles she endures to constantly be good and to please her parents Milla lives in the shadow of her kind and seemingly perfect brother, and she feels like she is a disappoint and burden to her family She is unable to travel to the village and is kept under tight lock and key, with unknown reasons as to why The story begins to unfold when Milla meets Iris, a girl that will eventually be married to her brother The girls become very quick friends and create a fierce bond, but it all changes when Iris becomes possessed Iris is taken somewhere called The Place where she will be held with other girls who have become possessed Milla learns that it all stems from a curse that was placed on the village A curse that was placed by her aunt, Hulda The writing in this book is AMAZING The author did a fantastic job of making the story feel like a folktale in how the characters spoke to one another, how the setting is given to the reader, and even during Milla and Hulda s inner dialogues But where the author REALLY shines in The Cold is in Her Bones is when she describes very beautifully heartbreaking moments where Milla feels like an outcast Pretty is as pretty does, Gitta had always said to Milla But Milla knew that couldn t be right Milla had never done anything but behave, and still she wasn t pretty the way her mother was If she were, she d know it She d see proof of her prettiness in her mother s eyes, or her father s Instead what she saw there was disappointment Perhaps it wasn t true that pretty is as pretty does Though I can confidently say that I enjoyed this read, it DID take me a week to read it Usually I can fly through a book in about two days, but this one was really taking me awhile to get through The story moved a little slow for me, and at times I was feeling a little bored and irritated that I wasn t moving on to what happened quicker BUT, once I was finished, I realized how much I didn t care at all about the pacing or how long it took me to get through it I LOVE a creative and unique story, and that is EXACTLY what this is I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something different to read, who doesn t get weirded out too easily, and who doesn t have an affliction to snakes Don t go into this expecting an only slightly twisted retelling of Medusa, because this is completely different The story has given me the inspiration to go on to read Peternelle van Arsdale s other horror story, The Beast is an Animal, which is apparently in development to becoming a movie Excitement If you want a little magic, to hear some folktales, dive into a curse, and even meet a witch fangirling then you MUST give The Cold is in Her Bones a try It s so creative that it makes me wish I had snakes growing out of my own head flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 31, 2018 Mogsy MMOGC rated it liked it Shelves arcs and galleys, review copy, fantasy, young adult 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum d think the snakes on the cover would have clued me in, but the truth is, I didn t find out that The Cold is in Her Bones was supposed to be inspired by the myth of Medusa until the day I started it And in some ways, I wish I had remained blissfully unaware For you see, knowing leads to expectations expectations that weren t quite met It wasn t the story or the characters that put me off, exactly it was the fact th 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum d think the snakes on the cover would have clued me in, but the truth is, I didn t find out that The Cold is in Her Bones was supposed to be inspired by the myth of Medusa until the day I started it And in some ways, I wish I had remained blissfully unaware For you see, knowing leads to expectations expectations that weren t quite met It wasn t the story or the characters that put me off, exactly it was the fact that this book was trying to be than it was.Our protagonist is Milla, who has spent her entire life on her family s farm, never once setting foot off the property Her whole world consists of only the five people she has ever known her mother Gitta, her father Jakob, her older brother Niklas, and an elderly couple her parents had hired to help on the farm, Stig and Trude To say she was an overprotected and sheltered child is an understatement, but there is a reason why Milla has been forbidden to ever travel to the village or come in contact with other people especially with other young women It is a dark secret her parents have kept from her since the day she was born, though Milla has always suspected something was amiss by the disappointed looks Jakob gives her, or the fear in Gitta s eyes whenever they settle upon her only daughter.Then one day, everything changes when it is announced that the farm will be getting a new visitor Niklas will soon come of marrying age, and it is everyone s hope that he and Stig and Trude s granddaughter will hit it off And so arrives Iris, a beautiful and vivacious girl from the village But instead of feeling resentful towards the newcomer who is sophisticated and worldly our protagonist finds herself completely awed by Iris, happy that she finally has a friend.But then Iris begins to change She confesses something that Milla has long feared to be the case that their village is cursed, and that the demons her parents have always warned her about are real And now, whatever that has been possessing the village s young women at random has gotten its hooks in Iris too Devastated as she is, however, Milla becomes too distracted to confront an even greater and alarming problem that she herself is beginning to change First, there came the voices, and then, the tiny emerald green snake that had mysteriously sprouted from her head If you think this synopsis sounds awesome, that s because it is But man, the execution was kind of a mess For one thing, it is hard not to feel like I ve been oversold a bill of goods, because aside from the allusions cast by the snakes in Milla s hair, there really isn t much else to do with Medusa, which was disappointing considering how the story of Perseus slaying the Gorgon is one of my favorite tales from classical Greek mythology In truth, there really isn t much to set this novel apart from a host of other YA fiction claiming to be about female friendships and selling a message of young women standing up against society s expectations While it s great that we have stories like this, I can t pretend this one is in any way a standout among a sea of similarly themed books.One reason for this is Milla, who, as a protagonist, was kind of bland It s also one thing to have a completely na ve main character because given Milla s upbringing in this case, the characterization fits , but simply quite another to portray her as being so stupid as to ignore all evidence in front of her that taking certain actions would be a bad idea As a reader, few things are frustrating than watching a character run headlong into a disaster of her own making, not to mention how Milla appeared to lack conviction in anything, constantly doubting herself and changing her opinions on a dime.It also didn t help that I found the writing to be overly simplistic, a style which sometimes works well for fairy tale retellings but doesn t always lend itself to in depth character development or world building All the relationships depicted were flat, from Milla s supposed close bond with her brother to the much vaunted friendship between her and Iris, which really didn t feel all that special, no matter how many times the writing tried awkwardly to shove it in my face Perhaps if the book had been longer, these relationships could have been better explored, but I just didn t feel there was enough time for the author to accomplish everything she wanted.So all in all, I thought this was okay nothing to write home about, but certainly enjoyable enough and satisfying in that it provided a decent few hours of entertainment I might even have appreciated it had my expectations for the book not been so high right before I started, so provided that you approach this with a realistic mindset, this could turn out to be a good read flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 07, 2018 rachel marked it as 2019 tbr Shelves paranormal fantasy uf, gimme inspired by the myth of Medusa sign me up Blog Twitter Instagram flag 9 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Laurie rated it it was amazing I just finished this stunningly brilliant book Bravo to author van Arsdale for this feminist fantasy horror tale that s loosely based on the story of medusa and let me just say that the two snakes growing from Milla s head, Sverd Selv, are some of the best best named fantasy characters since Calcifer This is a boldly subversive, complex, psychologically labyrinthine tale that I ll be thinking about for a long time to come This author is an auto buy for me ever since I read her i I just finished this stunningly brilliant book Bravo to author van Arsdale for this feminist fantasy horror tale that s loosely based on the story of medusa and let me just say that the two snakes growing from Milla s head, Sverd Selv, are some of the best best named fantasy characters since Calcifer This is a boldly subversive, complex, psychologically labyrinthine tale that I ll be thinking about for a long time to come This author is an auto buy for me ever since I read her incredible debut THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL these titles and the COVERS My highest recommendation TeamSverdAndSelvP.S To all the authors reading this this book is a master class in how to create sustain eerie microtension Do not miss it flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 29, 2018 Sheila Goicea rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 releases, arc, netgalley, 2019 completed reads, angels demons, ya fantasy, 2019 top picks See this full review on my blog along with others at foalsfictionandfiligree I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you so much All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.WARNING If you don t like snakesthen you may not like this book very much, because there are a lot of them Content Warning Curses, Death, Emotional Abuse And this anger became bitterness, and this bitterness turned her into a See this full review on my blog along with others at foalsfictionandfiligree I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you so much All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.WARNING If you don t like snakesthen you may not like this book very much, because there are a lot of them Content Warning Curses, Death, Emotional Abuse And this anger became bitterness, and this bitterness turned her into a monster And the monster that she became wanted to hurt everyone that had hurt her So she did She punished everyone until there was no one left to punish No one at all. Yet another hauntingly beautiful tale by Peternelle van Arsdale I believe this author has captured my attention wholly when it comes to writing style and character building and setting and plot andyou get the picture There are elements in both of her novels, The Beast is an Animal and The Cold is in Her Bones that are so unlike anything I ve ever read There is an otherworldliness accompanied with twisted reality which makes these tales familiar, yet very, very foreign The Cold is in Her Bones is a loose Medusa retelling While yes, I see the correlations, I also see a lot of differences between this tale and the mythological one That doesn t really matter to me, as I read this book as its own story I d say that if you are looking for a hardcore, follows along the same tale type of retelling of Medusa mythology, I don t feel like this quite fits that bill I wouldn t write it off just for that reason, though This story is stunning, and mixes the twisted, beautiful, mysterious, and whimsical A brief, yet, very effective Prologue gives a look into the story of Hulda, introducing the lifestyles of the characters, setting, and snakes. It then shifts to Milla s perspective for the rest of the story The plot itself isn t overdone, which is another element of this author s writing that I admire. Not everything is fully explained, and it allows room for the reader to imagine I feel that if was explained, then it would take away from the message this story is conveying Very strong themes based on feelings resonate throughout the plot Themes such as anger, forgiveness, vengeance, and regret Milla dances with most, if not all touched upon The Cold Is In Her Skin speaks loudly about how if anger is left unchecked it turns into vengeance.The metaphorical is taken literally and feelings materialize Another theme that stands out is facing your demons. I made messes for you, and you can t wish your messes away I m here, Mamma A big mess And I m taking you to your other big mess And you will apologize, and you will make this right. The only thing I wished that had explanation was the ending I felt it ended rather abruptly, and could have been fleshed out further Otherwise, I loved everything else about this story Vulgarity None.Sexual Content None.Violence Some Certain scenes are eerie than anything My Rating 1 2My Blog Bookstagram Twitter Pinterest Facebook flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Jay G rated it liked it Want to see bookish things from me Check out my Youtube channel I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review Milla has always been told to be obedient to keep the demons at bay Once a girl steps out of line, the demon Hulda will possess them and take over their minds Milla lives in solitude on her family farm with her mother, father and brother, Niklas She is not allowed to go to the village where the curse Want to see bookish things from me Check out my Youtube channel I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review Milla has always been told to be obedient to keep the demons at bay Once a girl steps out of line, the demon Hulda will possess them and take over their minds Milla lives in solitude on her family farm with her mother, father and brother, Niklas She is not allowed to go to the village where the curse runs rampant When a village girl named Iris moves to live with her grandparents, Milla finally has a friend but she quickly realizes that the demon is closer than she once thought This is supposed to be a retelling of Medusa, but it must be very loosely based off of this story I felt that the story progressed very slowly and not much of a plot occurred At times I was bored and became disinterested in the story I didn t much care for what happened to Milla and her family or the girls who became possessed I did like the theme of the female friendships and how loyal Milla was to Iris Overall just an average read for me flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves arc bk netgalley, 2019 This Medusa inspired tale is captivating I felt for Milla, feeling all alone and kept apart from everyone But when the story unfolds, we understand why and oh the fantasy of it I received an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 04, 2018 Aimee Aimee, Always marked it as to read Shelves 2019 curses love revenge inspired the myth of medusa flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Austine NovelKnight rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 releases, for review, arc review 2019 This book was provided by the publisher This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review I came for the Medusa re telling and stayed for the serpentining story of female empowerment.The Cold is In Her Bones is one of those books where I wasn t quite sure what I read but I liked it anyway It doesn t follow the Medusa tale like you would expect, and honestly there are so many differences that I hesitate to call it a re telling, but some of the themes are there Young w This book was provided by the publisher This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review I came for the Medusa re telling and stayed for the serpentining story of female empowerment.The Cold is In Her Bones is one of those books where I wasn t quite sure what I read but I liked it anyway It doesn t follow the Medusa tale like you would expect, and honestly there are so many differences that I hesitate to call it a re telling, but some of the themes are there Young women with opinions, who question the way the world works, are punished They re expected to be good and follow all the rules or the demon will find them In this case, the demon materializes and stems from a curse and cry for vengeance from a woman wronged I ve always believed that Medusa was wrongfully punished and her tale is much than the male centered view it s often presented as, and this book gave me that.Milla questions her world She tries to be what they consider good but it doesn t stop the demons leaking in She s been isolated her entire life and when another girl moves into the closest house, they become quite close I loved the strong themes of friendship and making decisions that don t always align with the correct way of thinking The story progresses and themes of vengeance soon take over because as much as this story is about women finding their voice amidst oppression from the men in their life, it s also about hate and anger and how holding them close to your heart can lead to the destruction of you and those around you Wanting vengeance is not the answer and Milla learns that through the actions of the cursed Hulda and her own mother.While the themes in this book are strong, the characters became names on the page rather than fleshed out beings The Cold is In Her Bones reads like folklore, as though I could sit around the fire and listen to someone tell the tale of Hulda and Milla, of demon girls and scared villagers, of power and vengeance and forgiveness It s atmospheric and flowery and would probably be great on audio But I can t say I ever connected to the characters They were vessels in which to transfer the lessons I m not sure it really made me enjoy the book any or less, just in a different way.Because this is a different kind of book It s not an epic action packed adventure, it s not a comedy nor is it really a tragedy, it s a lesson wrapped in beautiful prose Would I recommend it to every reader Probably not because I don t think it s the type of book for everyone But if you want a moody, atmospheric, powerful re imagining of Medusa then I think you re going to love it I know I did.Find Me on My Blog Twitter Instagram Bloglovin flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 06, 2019 Julia ten_thousand_books rated it it was amazing Shelves most anticipated of 2019 I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, Peternelle van Arsdale and Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review Synopsis Milla knows two things to be true Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe Milla s whole world is her family s farm She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas When a bright eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end But Iris has a sec I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, Peternelle van Arsdale and Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review Synopsis Milla knows two things to be true Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe Milla s whole world is her family s farm She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas When a bright eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end But Iris has a secret she s forbidden to share The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will comes for next Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself Be my friend I actually really enjoyed this book It kept me captivated from start to finish It was full of twists and turns, Magic, mystery and tons of plot twists I absolutely loved it She wasn t really the girl sitting in the chair by the window, the green snake coiled in her hair Her body was there But the other part of her, the better part, was gone Hulda was locked away and didn t get to go outside where she felt the most free People had dubbed her a monster and even her parents and sister agreed But then the cold reached her bones The cold was in her bones And that was when she allowed herself one last cry for help A way to get the demons out is to freeze them out To protect you home from demons 1 If you see a snake, kill it Then burn it 2 Pour salt where the air come in sills, thresholds, hearths 3 Stay inside after dark Lock tight doors and windows 4 Pray Lord protect us from the demons Lord protect us from the demons Lord protect us from the demons Amen If you were born a girl, you were fair game All girls from age 9 to 18 are in danger of being possessed and taken by the demon Once the symptoms start there is no stopping what s to come The girls are already lost She blinked at him Once Twice I see you See me 5 5 Stars Release date January 22, 2019 flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Amanda MetalPhantasmReads rated it it was amazing Man this book surprised me This tale, inspired by the myth of Medusa, has themes of feeling different, female suppression, friendship, loneliness and child neglect abandonment and family issues Milla was a great character that I think many people could relate to her in one way or another The creepy element of the demon possessing girls is a great parallel for girls feeling misunderstood and out of place for feeling different The pacing was perfect, creating a subtle yet persistent building o Man this book surprised me This tale, inspired by the myth of Medusa, has themes of feeling different, female suppression, friendship, loneliness and child neglect abandonment and family issues Milla was a great character that I think many people could relate to her in one way or another The creepy element of the demon possessing girls is a great parallel for girls feeling misunderstood and out of place for feeling different The pacing was perfect, creating a subtle yet persistent building of creepiness and dread This might not be for everyone as far as the magical elements of the story, but I loved how original this was compared to what s being published right now The themes of a mother and daughter relationship was really emotional for me and the ending has such a great message of facing your mistakes If you need something different, please pick this up when it comes out Review is now up on the blog flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 04, 2018 Mila rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arcs The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss website in exchange for an honest review I honestly wanted to love this story It s a retelling of Medusa and it s all about female friendship, I was sure to love it But, unfortunately, the actual book turned out to be kind of a mess I appreciated the overall message that girls are, by definition of our societies standards, never enough That no matter what you do or say or even think, someone out there can and The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss website in exchange for an honest review I honestly wanted to love this story It s a retelling of Medusa and it s all about female friendship, I was sure to love it But, unfortunately, the actual book turned out to be kind of a mess I appreciated the overall message that girls are, by definition of our societies standards, never enough That no matter what you do or say or even think, someone out there can and will express their opinion on what you re doing wrong It can be your family, your partner, friends, complete strangers, anyone and anywhere It is a reality in a lot of countries and it sucks And while it took a different form in this fantasy novel, it was still quite clear where the message was rooted.So, I obviously loved that aspect of the story What I didn t enjoy were the plot and the characters, both of which were so confusing Milla changed her opinion on her friend, Iris, her brother and the whole demon curse a hundred times or something like that It was very frustrating to read a book where nothing was clear until the last few chapters Milla spent than half the book trying to find who is the bad guy and who was the actual originator of the curse and it was just tiring She could not make up her mind for a second and made so many confusing decisions so, in the end, I couldn t make myself care for her that much as well Every other character was also just fine, Iris being the most interesting one, but there wasn t enough time spent with her to really flesh out her character.Basically, I liked the book in theory, I was mostly frustrated or bored while reading it in practice flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Ruthsic rated it liked it Shelves galleys, paranormal fantasy, standalone, young adult, witchy Warnings body horror, abuse, ophiophobiaA dark fairytale about girls who don t conform and curses, The Cold in in her Bones is different and refreshing in its plot, but as far as the writing goes, it didn t hold my attention When Milla s new friend and to be sister in law gets taken by the curse that plagues the girls of the village closest to her family s farm, she sets out to save her She herself has been kept ignorant of the curse and life limited to the farm and its environs, but as the c Warnings body horror, abuse, ophiophobiaA dark fairytale about girls who don t conform and curses, The Cold in in her Bones is different and refreshing in its plot, but as far as the writing goes, it didn t hold my attention When Milla s new friend and to be sister in law gets taken by the curse that plagues the girls of the village closest to her family s farm, she sets out to save her She herself has been kept ignorant of the curse and life limited to the farm and its environs, but as the curse starts to affect her, too, in a very different way, she starts to question the origin of the curse I really thought it would have Medusa references, but aside from a couple of snakes growing out of her head, Milla is pretty much a regular girl who has been lied to by her parents, her brother, and her neighbors She sympathizes with the cursed girls, which is why she tries to free them from the villagers there is a bit of witch hunting like scenario going on, with them getting rid of every slightly disobedient girl this way which I feel could have been explored better to round out the plot , and then tries to start a new life However, the curse will linger until its broken, so she has to face it I felt it took too long to get to that point, and built a lot up, but then the climactic scene was meh The bonus is there is no romantic subplot to distract from the story, so that is good Overall, it is a good read but not something that kept me ensnared Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Margaret K McElderry Books, via Netgalley. flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Cindy Savage Queen marked it as to read inspired by the myth of Medusa Yup, I m in Even if I dislike the cover lol flag 4 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 19, 2018 Sara A Gingerly Review rated it liked it Shelves 2018, physical 2018 This was an interesting Medusa story but I felt it was lacking something I ll gather my thoughts and post a review soon HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review Full review can be found here the blurb of this book mentioned Medusa retelling , I knew I would need this in my life Who wouldn t love a story like that Sadly this fell flat for me I wanted to love it, I tried so hard to love i This was an interesting Medusa story but I felt it was lacking something I ll gather my thoughts and post a review soon HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review Full review can be found here the blurb of this book mentioned Medusa retelling , I knew I would need this in my life Who wouldn t love a story like that Sadly this fell flat for me I wanted to love it, I tried so hard to love it, but it came across as of a sloppy mess I get the message that was trying to be expressed but the way it was delivered left me confused.The story is told from the POV of Milla, the girl who would grow up to become Medusa She lived in a town where teen girls are known to become possessed by demons Her parents treated her as if she were nothing than a burden, always talking down to her, and never saying a kind word to her When another teen girl, Iris, moved close to her family in the hopes of becoming engaged to her brother, things change Iris started to show signs of being possessed so she is carted off to The Place The Place is where girls are taken once they show signs but they never return Milla knows that Iris was not possessed so she ventured out to make the journey to get her friend back.But Milla has secrets of her own she can talk to animals and that includes snakes To her great surprise, her mother discovered a snake growing out of her head while brushing her hair Milla was thrilled because she felt safe and comforted with the snake being so close She could sense its thoughts and feelings Soon another snake grows from the other side of her head and she welcomed it like a long lost friend She could not tell anyone what was going on because if she did, she would be sent away The other big secret was that her aunt was the one who set the dreaded curse upon the village.As you can tell, there was a lot going on almost too much The message I found within the pages was a good one that no matter how hard you try everyone will have an opinion and they will tell you what it is You absolutely cannot make everyone happy It felt like an odd message to have buried so deep down and hidden in a fantasy novel It took me a lot of reflection and processing of the story to figure that out.While there was a lot going on plot wise, the delivery was also off Milla s character felt underdeveloped She constantly changed her opinion on everything in her life she liked Iris and then she didn t then she did again she was terrified of the demon curse but then welcomed it at the same time There were also long and I mean long stretches of chapters where nothing happens It was never truly clear what was really going on Nothing came together until the last few chapters While this was a quick read, it was a frustrating read I found that I never connected with Milla or her quest to find out who the bad guy was I wanted to know about Iris, Milla s family, and the rest of the characters but that never happened.Overall, I struggled with this one I was excited to read in the beginning but that fizzled quickly as I became confused and bored I found myself skimming huge paragraphs that described nothing relevant to the overall story The premise and concept of the book was what hooked me but the execution left so much to be desired If you read this, read it with a small amount of reservation flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Jessica a GREAT read rated it liked it I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review I was in no way compensated for this review.Peternelle van Arsdale s latest release, The Cold is in Her Bones is an intriguing story that ties in the origins or possible origins, of Medusa Medusa was the gorgon from Greek mythology with snakes for hair and if you were to meet her gaze, you d turn into stone While that is the basis of the origin character, that s not the story here Instead, we open the story I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review I was in no way compensated for this review.Peternelle van Arsdale s latest release, The Cold is in Her Bones is an intriguing story that ties in the origins or possible origins, of Medusa Medusa was the gorgon from Greek mythology with snakes for hair and if you were to meet her gaze, you d turn into stone While that is the basis of the origin character, that s not the story here Instead, we open the story and learn about a strange little girl, Hulda, who favored snakes and had something terrible happened to her.The story then moves forward and we meet Milla, another awkward sort of girl who just wants to have a friend in life Her older brother, Niklas, was once her friend, but he s getting older and rarely has time to spend with her He s their parents favorite and often, Milla feels neglected Then when Niklas soon to be betrothed, Iris, moves to town, Milla is elated to finally have a friend That is until an old curse comes to town and infects lots of young girls and women.Iris is soon one of them and Milla becomes determined to save her and break the curse But first she ll have to learn about the curse itself and what it means You might be able to guess what it is too The girls are slowly going insane, acting like they are possessed by demons Though Milla doesn t often hear voices like some of the other girls claim, she has noticed that something is changing her The cover will give you a hint and it s that Milla now has two snakes growing from her head I ll admit that the idea behind this story intrigued me greatly, but the execution wasn t all what I had anticipated The pacing was on the slow side of things While Milla s journey was intriguing enough, I felt like getting the answers took longer than necessary All the while, Milla is trying to keep her own transformation as secret as possible.I did enjoy the friendship that grew between Milla and Iris It s refreshing when a story can surround a friendship that doesn t involve romantic interludes on either party Yes, Iris was meant to be engaged to Niklas, but she spent time with Milla than her intended, so it was almost moot MIlla sets out on her quest to bring her friend back and to save her, but naturally, secrets get revealed and while her quest is the same, there s motivation to it.I guess in theory, I had been hoping for a bit Medusa in this story that likens to Medusa While we do get girls with snakes for hair, it wasn t what I expected it to be It wasn t a bad way of going about things, just unexpected The pacing is also what dragged me down a bit with this one It wasn t all that exciting all the time I can t help but just wanting a little from the story than what was given Still, not a bad read, just not a great one either.Overall Rating 3 5 starsThe Cold is in Her Bones releases January 22, 2019 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it it was amazing Shelves received for review, reviewed by tacoma, 2019 jan hotp I was immediately drawn to THE COLD IS IN HER BONES because of its evocative title and lovely cover Even better, the novel is a beautifully written retelling of Medusa It stuck its fangs into me on page one and never let go.In THE COLD IS IN HER BONES, women are forced to take up as little space as possible Milla has never left her home, never seen the village, and is only allowed to cook and clean Her anger and confusion is understandable And that same anger is what drove the village to be I was immediately drawn to THE COLD IS IN HER BONES because of its evocative title and lovely cover Even better, the novel is a beautifully written retelling of Medusa It stuck its fangs into me on page one and never let go.In THE COLD IS IN HER BONES, women are forced to take up as little space as possible Milla has never left her home, never seen the village, and is only allowed to cook and clean Her anger and confusion is understandable And that same anger is what drove the village to be cursed, and its people to create a cycle of fear and punishmentE COLD IS IN HER BONES aptly navigates relationships, revealing the complexities of connections and the damage that people cause when their actions are driven by fear The novel presents a layered story of multifaceted characters and deep friendships It s divinely unique flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Katherine Moore rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, 2018 read This Medusa inspired tale is absolutely captivating, and it s the second book by the talented Peternelle van Arsdale Milla is a young na ve girl living on an isolated farm, far from even the closest village, and the only people she ever sees are those of her small family She is aware only that demons are real, and that are certain things that she must do to keep them away, like making salt lines in the house When young Iris comes to live with her family, Milla s whole world opens up, but it a This Medusa inspired tale is absolutely captivating, and it s the second book by the talented Peternelle van Arsdale Milla is a young na ve girl living on an isolated farm, far from even the closest village, and the only people she ever sees are those of her small family She is aware only that demons are real, and that are certain things that she must do to keep them away, like making salt lines in the house When young Iris comes to live with her family, Milla s whole world opens up, but it also soon coincides with another change small snakes growing in her hair She then learns of why she doesn t hear about what happens in the village it s cursed by a demon that takes girls at random and her family has kept this from her She feels betrayed and her new path begins.The classic Greek myth of Medusa immediately conjures up images of a ghastly woman with a headful snakes turning those that look at her to stone, but this is like a carefully paced fairytale than a myth full frightening gorgons a Gorgon was described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair , beginning with the backstory of a girl called Hulda, cast out by her family The Cold is In Her Bones then continues with the story of Milla, and this is where most of the novel lies While I admit that I kept expecting Milla s head to sprout a lot than two snakes, and there would be swaths of men turning to stone in her wake, this story seems to have parallels with the countless stories of how girls and women are cast aside at the dawn of womanhood puberty menstruation has begun or when they are in the throes of hysteria misunderstood too emotional, etc There s also a greater theme of abandonment running through the novel too, and that ever present fear that runs through so many societies and ages before us of demonic possession or is it just our own demons There were certain scenes that gave me echoes of the many stories of accusals of witchcraft, especially in the way that the girls and women are treated when they are shunned from society It s worth noting that Medusa has most often been associated as a symbol of feminism in popular culture and in art.The girls in the novel look to Milla, who otherwise had felt like a nobody, for help, and she also makes connections with others when she has previously had none to really speak of The feeling of empowerment that Milla gains once she starts to connect to the environment around her and starts to think for herself, and using that to help others around her, is a universal theme through so many tales, and what I loved here, was the subtle way it affected her I would like to have a second read of the book to get a fuller grasp of the way she tries to connect with the other girls and her struggle to do so There s also a lot going on with Milla s connection to Iris that s really interesting This is where the book felt a bit disjointed to me, although it s actually the most pivotal for Milla I found it curious that the tone of the book felt in keeping with some bygone time or perhaps, it even feels timeless like some folktales do I don t know if that s the style of van Arsdale s writing, or if there was something deliberate about it.A slow paced but fascinating tale, great themes Beautifully set, but just a few snakes flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Jen Ryland added it Shelves 2019 arcs Beautifully written read sort of like a folktale or dark fairy tale fantasy Not my usual type of read but I did enjoy it Longer RTC Read of my reviews on JenRyland Check out my Bookstagram Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube get the lowdown on current books in 10 30 seconds Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Aisling rated it liked it This is a five star book with 1 star editing, so Great concept As others have said, a very empowering book for young girls which sends all the right messages looks don t matter heart does, life is unfair strive anyway, you don t need rescuing, brain beats brawn, etc but just is too slow moving and too repetitive Once I d read the excellent prologue I was excited to plow on but then.you get to read it all over again with a new character Then a slow middle followed by a slightly over This is a five star book with 1 star editing, so Great concept As others have said, a very empowering book for young girls which sends all the right messages looks don t matter heart does, life is unfair strive anyway, you don t need rescuing, brain beats brawn, etc but just is too slow moving and too repetitive Once I d read the excellent prologue I was excited to plow on but then.you get to read it all over again with a new character Then a slow middle followed by a slightly overdone ending but good stuff in there.I just feel like this would have been a GREAT book at half the pages The author can write and write well but it just did not flow or move fast enough and for YA books especially this is really crucial I would absolutely read by this author flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Christy rated it did not like it Shelves 2019 Not for me flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 USOM rated it really liked it Disclaimer I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased Wow The Cold is in her Bones was fabulous There s so much to talk about because it s a book about family, sisterhood, and vengeance I haven t read something like this in such a long time and it made me feel like I did after The Hollow Girl With added layers, there s so much to unpack here the confines of femininity, the fear and punishment of women, the danger of Disclaimer I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased Wow The Cold is in her Bones was fabulous There s so much to talk about because it s a book about family, sisterhood, and vengeance I haven t read something like this in such a long time and it made me feel like I did after The Hollow Girl With added layers, there s so much to unpack here the confines of femininity, the fear and punishment of women, the danger of holding onto anger, and the necessity for love and compassion It s a book that has threads of medusa, but also about the way we cling to vengeance, are caught up in a laundry machine of anger and pain, until we raze it to the ground.full review flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 21, 2019 Katherine Wren rated it it was amazing review of another edition Special thanks to Netgalley and Margaret K McElderry Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest view If you have enjoyed the recent rise in popularity of fairy tale retelling, it s time to move into the world of mythological retelling, specifically with Medusa A lovely mix of fantasy and realism, The Cold is in Her Bones will prove to be a book you just can t set down Peternelle van Arsdale s style mirrors that of a fairy tale and she will hold you s Special thanks to Netgalley and Margaret K McElderry Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest view If you have enjoyed the recent rise in popularity of fairy tale retelling, it s time to move into the world of mythological retelling, specifically with Medusa A lovely mix of fantasy and realism, The Cold is in Her Bones will prove to be a book you just can t set down Peternelle van Arsdale s style mirrors that of a fairy tale and she will hold you spellbound for the entire journey of this book This book begins with something akin to once upon a time Many years ago a girl named Hulda lived with her parents and her most beautiful sister Everything the pretty sister did was perfect and everything Hulda did was wrong Hulda found companionship with animals, specifically snakes, who gave her the comfort that her family refused But when a snake is seen burrowed into her hair, Hulda is believed to be demon possessed and her family turns on her The village sees fit to try to freeze the demon out of Hulda and they leave her buried in the snow for three days, hoping the demon will flee and they can be left to bury Hulda in peace However, Hulda awoke with a vengeance, returned to her village, and cursed those there and those yet to come so that they could never find a moment s peace The story then switches to a young girl named Milla Milla s parents love her brother best and seem to put a careful and calculated emotional distance between themselves and Milla In all her life Milla has only ever met five people her parents, her brother Niklas, and the neighbor couple, Trude and Stig Milla tries only to please her parents, but it seems she never quite can Things do begin to look up for Milla when Trude and Stig s granddaughter comes to live with them in the hopes that she will one day marry Nicklas Milla finds a friend in Iris, who loves telling stories That bond is put to the test when Iris s mind is taken by the demon The Cold is in Her Bones is heartbreaking and hopeful and heartbreaking again by turns It is breathtaking throughout I cannot wait to bring this to my classroom library upon publication I ve already talked it up and am expecting a line of students vying for the first read flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Sam rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 read, netgalley You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review NetGalley described this as a dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa I requested as soon as I saw that it was inspired by Medusa and man am I glad I did At first I was kind of thrown off by the slow ish writing, but the I read, the I enjoyed the slow flow of it I loved M You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review NetGalley described this as a dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa I requested as soon as I saw that it was inspired by Medusa and man am I glad I did At first I was kind of thrown off by the slow ish writing, but the I read, the I enjoyed the slow flow of it I loved Milla She has a quiet kind of strength that I admire than the loud badass kind Her strength isn t something that s immediately noticeable, but you learn that it is there One thing I really really really loved about this novel is that there is no romance in it Like at all There is familial love between Milla and Iris and Milla and Niklas, but that is it It was WONDERFUL I m so tired of stories that have to rely on some lukewarm romance to be interesting The Cold Is in Her Bones feels like a fairy tale Not the kind about beautiful princesses and their animal side kicks singing, but the kind where the evil stepsisters cut off their toes and the mermaid becomes sea foam to save her prince The kind that the Grimm brothers would be proud of The sad, torturous kind I really can t put into words how beautiful I found this story, so I hope you can just trust me and pick this up If you like the darker type of fairy tales, then you ll love this flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Kath Read Forever rated it liked it Shelves 2019 arcs, reviews I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly couldn t click with it I really loved how the book sounded when I first read the synopsis and I felt that the first half of the book was written really well, but after the first half, it just fell apart and was a real mess The writing was all over the place and the plot just didn t seem to make sense in some places But in all honesty, I guess my expectations were just too high and that my excitement for a Medusa retelling made me have those ex I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly couldn t click with it I really loved how the book sounded when I first read the synopsis and I felt that the first half of the book was written really well, but after the first half, it just fell apart and was a real mess The writing was all over the place and the plot just didn t seem to make sense in some places But in all honesty, I guess my expectations were just too high and that my excitement for a Medusa retelling made me have those expectations I did love many aspects of this story, hence the three stars The story was actually pretty interesting and I love the message and girl power of it all An arc of this book was given to me by Simon Teen flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Samantha Beard rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 releases, netgalley, kindle book, arc I enjoyed a lot of elements of this story, particularly the examination of karma When negative actions are put out into the world, they come back to haunt the source, 3 fold This book is a look at what we owe to our parents, siblings, and friends It s also a look at what it means to be tolerant and to accept those who are different The links to Medusa legend are present but somewhat muddled I thought I would say that anyone looking for a strong link to classic Medusa stories would be a bit I enjoyed a lot of elements of this story, particularly the examination of karma When negative actions are put out into the world, they come back to haunt the source, 3 fold This book is a look at what we owe to our parents, siblings, and friends It s also a look at what it means to be tolerant and to accept those who are different The links to Medusa legend are present but somewhat muddled I thought I would say that anyone looking for a strong link to classic Medusa stories would be a bit let down by this For me, it s much successful as a witchy demony old world fairy tale with some snake imagery flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Peternelle van Arsdale 225 followers Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult novelist, essayist, and short story writer Her first novel, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, is being developed for a feature film by Studios, produced by Ridley Scott s Scott Free and directed by Bert Bertie Her second novel, THE COLD IS IN HER BONES has been described as a dark, magic infused story lit by bravery and hope Booklist She lives in B Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult novelist, essayist, and short story writer Her first novel, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, is being developed for a feature film by Studios, produced by Ridley Scott s Scott Free and directed by Bert Bertie Her second novel, THE 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      Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult novelist, essayist, and short story writer Her first novel, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, is being developed for a feature film by Studios, produced by Ridley Scott s Scott Free and directed by Bert Bertie Her second novel, THE COLD IS IN HER BONES has been described as a dark, magic infused story lit by bravery and hope Booklist She lives in B Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult novelist, essayist, and short story writer Her first novel, THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL, is being developed for a feature film by Studios, produced by Ridley Scott s Scott Free and directed by Bert Bertie Her second novel, THE COLD IS IN HER BONES has been described as a dark, magic infused story lit by bravery and hope Booklist She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on her third novel Visit her at

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    1. The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is a young adult fantasy novel that is inspired by the myth of Medusa One young girl needs to find the strength to break a curse upon her family and friends before the curse takes her too.Young Milla has never known anyone other than her immediate family and sometimes that isolation of their remote farm can become overwhelmingly lonely When Milla s parents agree to let another older couple stay and help them run the farm Milla never expected t T [...]


    2. This is going to be short because I just don t want to waste any time on this experience I did sorta like the opening chapter first part of THE COLD IS IN HER BONES I was intrigued as to where and how this Medusa retelling was going to go But everything after it was a total snooze fest of weird without answers or direction As of 60%, however, things just got. messy and weird and batshit no Would not recommend I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher thank you in exchan This is going t [...]


    3. 3.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for granting my wish and sending me an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Who can resist a tale that is inspired by the Medusa myth I certainly couldn t and was from the very first page lost in this dark mesmerizing tale The Cold is in Her Bones is all about the bonds between siblings, friendship, young women finding themselves, and vengenance too I feel that this is a novel that will appeal to both YA and adult audiences, even if snakes aren t your thin [...]


    4. I have started this multiple times and deleted every one I don t know how to talk about this book in a way which will convey how beautiful and haunting and meaningful it is.This is a fairy tale, yes, but it is than that It is the story of a girl who is not beautiful nor plucky a girl who is not always good or kind or obedient, though she is very good at pretending to be all of those things this is not the story of a girl who finds her prince or kind woodsman or farm boy and lives Happ I have st [...]


    5. Disclaimer This book was sent to me by the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children s Publishing, via NetGalley for an honest review Opinion Something slithery this way comes Gather round my cunning Slytherins I ve got a retelling of our dear mummy dearest MedusaIf Milla knows anything, it is that she must be a good girl She must do her chores efficiently, must always stay clean and tidy, mustn t ask questions that do not deserve answers, and must always pray to keep the demons away But Mil Discla [...]


    6. 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum d think the snakes on the cover would have clued me in, but the truth is, I didn t find out that The Cold is in Her Bones was supposed to be inspired by the myth of Medusa until the day I started it And in some ways, I wish I had remained blissfully unaware For you see, knowing leads to expectations expectations that weren t quite met It wasn t the story or the characters that put me off, exactly it was the fact th 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum d think the s [...]



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