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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Cold is in Her Bones- by Peternelle van Arsdale

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

When I heard this novel was a medusa retelling I knew I had to pick it up and read it. I was not disappointed. I am surprised it has such low ratings on Goodreads. I really enjoyed this.

Milla was a great character, forever trying to be who her family wants her to be but realizing she can't fake it anymore. She can only be who she is. Her relationship with Iris is really more like she's in love with her and less like a sister, so the reader can take it truly either way. (Though they call themselves sisters...I found this annoying. They have a chemistry between them)

Iris is this beautiful fantastic creature in Milla's eyes, which made me wonder, was she really this sparkling thing or did Milla (who'd never had a friend or even met another girl) just idolize her? The writing was superb, to make these the sort of questions I came away with.

Milla's brother Niklas was and a meh character; perfect, beloved by everyone and can do no wrong. He was the least interesting person in this novel.

Her parents are awful people (a common theme in YA).

They never say where this novel takes place, it's a very generalized puritan type time frame with villages, outhouses and no electricity. Which I found to be an interesting choice for the author. Focusing so much more on the plot and characters then where the story takes place.

The demon and Hulda, the magic of the snakes were all intense and very descriptive. Spiders I hate, but snakes? Never pay much mind to them, so the idea of having powers to talk to snakes is original. Outside of Harry Potter I don't see it much. However, there are wasps in this book to so: eeeeew.

The plot of this novel is simple and it is a fast read, but I really enjoyed it. It is written in parts and towards the end, there is an entire section I felt unnecessary, hence 4.5 stars instead of five.


  1. I have this out from the library right now and am so excited to read it. Great review. I've seen the low ratings too which kind of surprised me because it seemed to get quite a bit of hype in the beginning.

    1. I also loved her first book; The Beast is an Animal.


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