TITLE: The Cold Is in Her Bones
AUTHOR: Peternelle van Arsdale
PUBLICATION DATE: January 22nd, 2019
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
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 more I read, the more I enjoyed the slow flow of it.
I loved Milla. She has a quiet kind of strength that I admire more 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.