ARC Review: The Cold Is in Her Bones

The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Genres: Retelling
Rating: 🌟

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.


I guess my main issue is that I thought this would be more focused on Greek mythology, kind of like an origin story for Medusa. This book focuses mostly on demons and not Greek mythology. I would have been fine with the demon angle if I hadn’t come into this expecting the myth of Medusa.

Another thing that didn’t work for me is the pacing. The plot got incredibly slow at points. And when something interesting or exciting would happen, it’d be over in a few pages. I get the overarching plot was for Milla to rescue Iris, but her journey felt a bit aimless and pointless. By the time I got through Part 3 things got kind of messy, I was over it.

It sucks because the book started out on a high note. The prologue was my favorite part of the book. I honestly would have preferred reading an entire book based on the characters in that first part.

one star

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