Mini Review Monday: The Cold Is In Her Bones

the cold is in her bones.jpgThe Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
Published by: 
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: 
January 22nd, 2019
arc | Source: publisher
young adult, fantasy, retelling

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.

This was an interesting book that wasn’t on my radar until I received it from Simon Teen, so thank you for my #ShelfQueens box! Pitched as a Medusa retelling meets The Crucible, I found that part to be most prevalent in the beginning chapters which happened to be the part I enjoyed the most. As the book moves along, The Crucible influences become obvious as well; the girls are vilified and there is a lot of general unease and finger pointing. I didn’t feel a huge connection to the characters (even though I liked Milla) and the plot was confusing and frustrating at times but I think what it says about society is worth discussing. It also kept me turning the pages to find out how it would resolve. I think the feeling of tension and anxiety that permeates the pages as you read adds to the experience even if it left me feeling unsettled!
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Do you enjoy books that push you out of your comfort zone? What about retellings? (I love them!) Let me know.

4 thoughts on “Mini Review Monday: The Cold Is In Her Bones

  1. Nick says:

    I love this cover so much. I hadn’t heard of it before but the Medusa meets The Crucible comparisons appeal to me. It’s shame that you weren’t able to connect to the characters as much. That can take away from my enjoyment of a book too.


  2. Amber Elise says:

    I’m in love with the idea but torn about the execution. I think I’ll read the first 70 pages and then decide if it’s for me.


    • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says:

      That’s how I felt as well; yep I usually read 50-100 pages and then decide whether it’s a DNF or not. Btw, I have been having mega trouble with disquis comments lately!! I’ve tried commenting on a few of your posts, but there is no “post” button for my comment, it’s so frustrating. It’s probably something on my end but anyway I still love reading your blog and wanted to let you know! ❤


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