The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

The Cold Is in Her Bones

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 t...

Details The Cold Is in Her Bones

TitleThe Cold Is in Her Bones
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews The Cold Is in Her Bones

  • Billie
    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 more 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 pr...
  • Hollis
    This is going to be short because I just don't want to waste any more 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 ...
  • Carrie
    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 st...
  • Erin
    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 a...
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    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 answ...
  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    ~*Check out all my reviews over on The Bent Bookworm!*~ Girls who run from what frightens them don’t get what they want.The Cold is in Her Bones is a loose retelling of Medusa’s story. I was expecting a lot more Greek influence, to be honest, so I was a little disappointed. It feels much more like a fairy tale of the British/German type, and the setting is very obviously inspired by that era, not ancient Greece. Maybe it was just me! Oh, and ...
  • TL
    Writing: 3.5 starsStory/characters: 3 starsOverall rating: 3.25 stars I guess?---Similarity to Medusa: might be just me but I didn't see much in common with the original but, it may be just me.Not a totally absorbing tale for me but it was good enough to keep my interest and to see what happens next. It also helped me to relax and de-stress from work and being sick yet again (mother nature, make up your mind!) so it gets points for that as well.W...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    This was a sloooooowwwww burn. VERY loosely based on Medusean mythology (read snakes 🐍 in hair but that’s it) with a revenge theme. ✅ The snakes!✅ Hulde - quite the cameo!✅ Wow! #covercandy👎 Too reminiscent of the cheesiness that is M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. 👎 Milla as a character was so naive / disconnected that I didn’t believe in her strength. As such, the plot never quite denoue’d. It just sort of meh meh ments!
  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)
    Read more of my reviews at!Last year I read The Beast is an Animal and found it to be an incredibly unique and refreshing take on YA fantasy retellings. It was a little bit weird and pretty dark and definitely should NOT be on a "romantic Beauty and the Beast retellings" display, although I saw it on far too many. When I saw that this author was writing a new book I knew that I had to get it!This time around the story retold is Me...
  • Melissa
    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.
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    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...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4.5 starsThis was so amazing and lush, I’m absolutely astounded! I know I liked van Arsdale’s more lush, literary writing style from reading her debut, The Beast Is An Animal, but The Cold Is In Her Bones had a much more interesting and meaningful storyline to me, and now I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next book from van Arsdale!Not only is this book lush and gorgeous with its sort of village feel (think The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom),...
  • Sheila Goicea
    See this full review on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.comI 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 snakes...then you may not like this book very much, because there are a lot of them!Content Warning: Curses, Death, Emotional Abuse And this anger beca...
  • Laurie
    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 ...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more 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 i...
  • Justine
    I liked this one a lot. It was simple and straightforward, but really quite satisfying.I was reminded of a couple of other books I enjoyed about girls and curses and family relationships, Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton and Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust. The Cold is in Her Bones is not the same, exactly, but shares a similar feel and explores characters in the same way. All three books really look at who a person is and how t...
  • OutlawPoet
    Though not a perfect book for me, this dark fable was strangely compelling.Much of what happens in the book is bizarre - it also touches a bit on feminism and how women have been and continue to be discounted in this world.Overall, I liked it, but it's a slow and methodical storytelling that may lose a few readers before they reach the point where they get trapped in the dark story.Honestly, still thinking on this one, but would read the author a...
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    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-t...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceIt’s not often that Medusa lore comes up in fiction, much less YA. Often, she’s the villain. A misunderstood and evil woman whose only desire is the demise of others. The Cold Is In Her Bones explores the myth of Medusa in such a methodical and cunning way, a stunning characterisation of a creature that is often vilified while also exploring the bonds of siblings. It’s such...
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    'There was once a girl who loved to lie in the grass and let it tickle her skin. She liked the feel of dirt under her fingers. She didn't like aprons or making dinner or washing dishes. She didn't like being told to behave.' According to this book if you:- have hair that isn't sleek blonde- get enraged against misogyny- think snakes are cute- have one rebellious thoughtthen you just might be possessed by a demon so good luck to you!!thoughtthen ...
  • Julia (ten_thousand_books)
    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...
  • Summer
    This was a wonderful Medusa-inspired story! The prologue was a straight-up fairytale, and most of the rest of the story was very fairytale-like. Friendship and forgiveness lay at the heart of this book, and those are my favorite themes to read. Don't let the cold of vengeance make a home in your bones!
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    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 pe...
  • Mila
    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 d...
  • Jess at Such a Novel Idea
    I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This was a really cool, atmospheric book that was different from a lot of stuff I’ve read. I am a sucker for books that take myths and fairy tales and weave them into something new and intriguing, so when I found out this was a retelling of the story of Medusa, I was ecstatic.The book centers...
  • Ruthsic
    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 ...