The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van ArsdaleThe Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

The Cold Is in Her Bones

byPeternelle van Arsdale

Hardcover | January 22, 2019

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One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

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.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.
Title:The Cold Is in Her BonesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 22, 2019Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1481488449

ISBN - 13:9781481488440


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautifully written, haunting dark fairy-tale This beautifully written, haunting story was an emotional read for me. I knew I was in trouble when the prologue had me in tears. Of course I cried for the snakes. As a lover of all animals I was appalled and disturbed by their treatment but it was really Hulda I cared for. I may never have snakes whispering their names to me but Hulda’s feelings were so relatable. Haven’t we all felt less than, not enough, and a failure in comparison to others? While this has always existed, it is especially pronounced in the present day with social media promoting those shining, golden girls who make us feel like a hot mess because we’re not as together as they are. The encompassing theme of this book reminded me of an old movie which compared puberty to becoming a werewolf. After being bitten the teen girl becomes wild, wilful and a sexual being. Friends and family don’t recognize her as the good girl they knew. She becomes something else, something incomprehensible, something “other.” Milla’s family has a similar reaction when she begins to question the status quo and rebel against it. The adults in these stories believe that teen girls are not to be trusted. They are unpredictable, dangerous, and sometimes downright monstrous. When you add in an isolated environment, religious zealotry and a general lack of information/education things truly become a horror show. Being a teenager is hard. Being a teen girl who doesn’t fit into the very small box and very small life deemed acceptable by society can be disastrous. These bigger issues are what make this book truly remarkable but of course it has all the elements of a great story. There are interesting, well developed characters, villains who are complicated and a plot that seems pulled from a dark fairy-tale. It was a suspenseful and quick read with a satisfying ending. Is there a happily ever after? You’ll have to read to find out! Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and Margaret K. McElderry Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, atmospheric fairy tale I adore Peternelle van Arsdale's writing. Full stop. This is her second standalone novel and it delivered as beautifully as her first. Her style is reminiscent of the older, darker fairy tales, and I'm disappointed it's not to everyone's liking. It's a style of storytelling that sometimes needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It get's repetitive, it's choppy and moves in a way that defies a defined timeline, but the story the writing accompanies allows you to forgive it. As with her first, The Cold is in Her Bones is as atmospheric and dark and whimsical. There is a classic magical quality to it that draws you in like when you saw your first Disney princess film. It enraptures you and you would be delighted to live in that world two, three, fifteen times over. The characters evoke strong emotions and reactions within you, and you sit firmly behind the main character. The monsters are tangible and present strong images in your mind. I thought the ending of this one was better than her first. It wasn't anti-climatic or over in two pages. Instead it builds towards it gradually and I was grateful for that. However, I give it four stars, because I think the story and the characters it revolved around of the first book was just that much better.
Date published: 2018-12-31

Editorial Reviews

* "A dark, angry fairy tale."