The Cold Is in Her Bones
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.

The Cold Is in Her Bones Details

TitleThe Cold Is in Her Bones
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-139781481488440
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

The Cold Is in Her Bones Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 stay and help them run the farm Milla never expected t 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 stay and help them run the farm Milla never expected to have their granddaughter join them too but when Iris arrived Milla found the friend that she always wanted.With Iris becoming Milla’s friend and a possible match for Milla’s brother to marry one day things seem to be looking up for Milla and a little less lonely. However, the day comes when Iris begins to show signs of the curse that has haunted the village’s young girls all the way out on their farm. When Iris is carted off to a place for the cursed Milla vows to do whatever she can to help her friend.When thinking of Medusa things like chilling and creepy come to mind and The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale really seemed to capture that eerie feel rather well. This one was a bit of a slow burn read but while it took a bit to return to the darkness that the prologue had given a glimpse into it really had me curious enough that I wanted to continue to get to know the characters and the story. If demons, witches, curses and vengeance sound good then you may want to give this one a try.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    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 NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchan 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 NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    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 adult audiences, even if snakes aren't your thing. 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 adult audiences, even if snakes aren't your thing. I felt the atmosphere of the novel very similar to the hysteria that surrounded the Salem Witch trials in the 17th century. The way in which all girl children were looked at as being suscepetible to the demons or the darkness and were often ignored by their society. Peternelle van Arsdale captured me with her haunting imagery and I most certainly am placing her on my "must- watch" list.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    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 prince (or kind woodsman or farm boy) and lives Happ 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 prince (or kind woodsman or farm boy) and lives Happily Ever After. This is the story of a girl who chafes against the constraints that have been put on her life and who breaks free of them, not to save her True Love, but to rescue her brother and the sister of her heart. This is a fairy tale about all those girls who are not especially brave or talented or beautiful or anything more, really, than girls who want more than the role that has been assigned to them. It's for the girls who know that you can't be kept safe, that the bad things are going to find you no matter how well you think you hide and that it's better to go out and face them on your terms. This is a fairy tale where Happily Ever After is more properly Contentedly Ever After and where True Love is the love of self and family and it is more than enough.And that tells you f*ck all about the plot or the characters or the lovely prose or the chilling, melancholy atmosphere, but those are just the clothes that dress the heart of the story—a story about a girl who could be any girl, a girl who is full of anger and hurt and also love, who sets out to save those she loves because even though others may be more suited to doing so, she's the only one who will.And, gods, I'm still not saying a tenth of what I want. Just read it. It's lovely and dark and will speak to any girl who ever felt she wasn't enough in some way (every girl, in other words).
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  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    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 answers, and must always pray to keep the demons away. But Mil 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 answers, and must always pray to keep the demons away. But Milla’s’ life is one of loneliness and solitude. She does not have the luxury of traveling to the nearby village or making friends, and her mother shows her much less attention and affection in comparison to her brother. Though the arrival of a young girl named Iris gives Milla someone to finally talk to and befriend, Milla finally learns of the reasoning behind her forced solitude. These is a curse on the girls in the village, one that makes each of them go insane, and Iris is showing signs of possession. Milla races to help her new friend, but soon finds that she might be changing as well. Without a doubt, this is my first official positive WTF read of 2019. The Cold is in Her Bones is supposed to be a retelling of dear mother Medusa, but it’s a loose retelling. The tale goes as such: A young girl named Hulda lived with her mother and father, and her dearly beloved Sister. As young children the sisters were inseparable, sleeping so entwined with one another that they would wake with their hair knotted together. But as they grew older, the sisters drifted apart. Hulda was not given the same adoration and attention as The Sister, and grew lonely and isolated. To fulfill her loneliness Hulda spent her time in the woods, making friends with the snakes, learning their names and letting them burrow in her hair. But when one of the snakes was seen in her hair, it was ripped out and thrown into the fire by The Sisters betrothed. For the anguish and grief that Hulda felt for her snake, the others saw her as being possessed. Her family took her into the woods, buried her in the snow, and left her there in the hopes that the demon would leave her body. When Hulda woke with vengeance in her heart, and a body consisting of snakes, she cursed the village and all the inhabitants so they may never again feel peace or content.You know those horror movies set in the 1800’s where there is a family, with their farm, and they churn butter and chop wood? Where an older sibling will tell the younger children folk-tales about witches and curses, so as to scare them into being good? This is EXACTLY like that……except much more sad, and way less gruesome.This feels like a Tim Burton film waiting patiently to be made, or at least one of similar taste. It has the oddities and dark tones that every great children’s horror has, but it is also loaded with all the necessary lessons and positive morals that one is told as a child. Or should have been told. It centers on themes of family values, being kind to others, having compassion for differences, and the cruel nature of vengeance. There are many small tales within this tale that is told to the reader, and each one enhances the grittiness and somber themes that envelope this story. Once the reader is told the tale of Hulda, the story then switches off to Milla. It explains her home life and the struggles she endures to constantly be good and to please her parents. Milla lives in the shadow of her kind and seemingly-perfect brother, and she feels like she is a disappoint and burden to her family. She is unable to travel to the village and is kept under tight lock and key, with unknown reasons as to why. The story begins to unfold when Milla meets Iris, a girl that will eventually be married to her brother. The girls become very quick friends and create a fierce bond, but it all changes when Iris becomes possessed. Iris is taken somewhere called “The Place” where she will be held with other girls who have become possessed. Milla learns that it all stems from a curse that was placed on the village. A curse that was placed by her aunt, Hulda. The writing in this book is AMAZING. The author did a fantastic job of making the story feel like a folktale in how the characters spoke to one another, how the setting is given to the reader, and even during Milla and Hulda’s inner dialogues. But where the author REALLY shines in The Cold is in Her Bones is when she describes very beautifully heartbreaking moments where Milla feels like an outcast. “’Pretty is as pretty does,’ Gitta had always said to Milla. But Milla knew that couldn’t be right. Milla had never done anything but behave, and still she wasn’t pretty the way her mother was. If she were, she’d know it. She’d see proof of her prettiness in her mother’s eyes, or her father’s. Instead what she saw there was disappointment. Perhaps it wasn’t true that pretty is as pretty does…”Though I can confidently say that I enjoyed this read, it DID take me a week to read it. Usually I can fly through a book in about two days, but this one was really taking me awhile to get through. The story moved a little slow for me, and at times I was feeling a little bored and irritated that I wasn’t moving on to what happened quicker. BUT, once I was finished, I realized how much I didn’t care at all about the pacing or how long it took me to get through it. I LOVE a creative and unique story, and that is EXACTLY what this is. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something different to read, who doesn’t get weirded out too easily, and who doesn’t have an affliction to snakes. Don’t go into this expecting an only slightly twisted retelling of Medusa, because this is completely different! The story has given me the inspiration to go on to read Peternelle van Arsdale’s other horror story, The Beast is an Animal, which is apparently in development to becoming a movie. Excitement! If you want a little magic, to hear some folktales, dive into a curse, and even meet a witch (fangirling) then you MUST give The Cold is in Her Bones a try!It’s so creative that it makes me wish I had snakes growing out of my own head.
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  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    January 1, 1970
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/01/12/...You’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 the characters that put me off, exactly; it was the fact th 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/01/12/...You’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 the characters that put me off, exactly; it was the fact that this book was trying to be more than it was.Our protagonist is Milla, who has spent her entire life on her family’s farm, never once setting foot off the property. Her whole world consists of only the five people she has ever known: her mother Gitta, her father Jakob, her older brother Niklas, and an elderly couple her parents had hired to help on the farm, Stig and Trude. To say she was an overprotected and sheltered child is an understatement, but there is a reason why Milla has been forbidden to ever travel to the village or come in contact with other people—especially with other young women. It is a dark secret her parents have kept from her since the day she was born, though Milla has always suspected something was amiss by the disappointed looks Jakob gives her, or the fear in Gitta’s eyes whenever they settle upon her only daughter.Then one day, everything changes when it is announced that the farm will be getting a new visitor. Niklas will soon come of marrying age, and it is everyone’s hope that he and Stig and Trude’s granddaughter will hit it off. And so arrives Iris, a beautiful and vivacious girl from the village. But instead of feeling resentful towards the newcomer—who is sophisticated and worldly—our protagonist finds herself completely awed by Iris, happy that she finally has a friend.But then Iris begins to change. She confesses something that Milla has long feared to be the case: that their village is cursed, and that the demons her parents have always warned her about are real. And now, whatever that has been possessing the village’s young women at random has gotten its hooks in Iris too. Devastated as she is, however, Milla becomes too distracted to confront an even greater and more alarming problem—that she herself is beginning to change. First, there came the voices, and then, the tiny emerald-green snake that had mysteriously sprouted from her head…If you think this synopsis sounds awesome, that’s because it is. But man, the execution was kind of a mess. For one thing, it is hard not to feel like I’ve been oversold a bill of goods, because aside from the allusions cast by the snakes in Milla’s hair, there really isn’t much else to do with Medusa, which was disappointing considering how the story of Perseus slaying the Gorgon is one of my favorite tales from classical Greek mythology. In truth, there really isn’t much to set this novel apart from a host of other YA fiction claiming to be about female friendships and selling a message of young women standing up against society’s expectations. While it’s great that we have stories like this, I can’t pretend this one is in any way a standout among a sea of similarly themed books.One reason for this is Milla, who, as a protagonist, was kind of bland. It’s also one thing to have a completely naïve main character (because given Milla’s upbringing in this case, the characterization fits), but simply quite another to portray her as being so stupid as to ignore all evidence in front of her that taking certain actions would be a bad idea. As a reader, few things are more frustrating than watching a character run headlong into a disaster of her own making, not to mention how Milla appeared to lack conviction in anything, constantly doubting herself and changing her opinions on a dime.It also didn’t help that I found the writing to be overly simplistic, a style which sometimes works well for fairy tale retellings but doesn’t always lend itself to in-depth character development or world-building. All the relationships depicted were flat, from Milla’s supposed close bond with her brother to the much-vaunted friendship between her and Iris, which really didn’t feel all that special, no matter how many times the writing tried awkwardly to shove it in my face. Perhaps if the book had been longer, these relationships could have been better explored, but I just didn’t feel there was enough time for the author to accomplish everything she wanted.So all in all, I thought this was okay—nothing to write home about, but certainly enjoyable enough and satisfying in that it provided a decent few hours of entertainment. I might even have appreciated it more had my expectations for the book not been so high right before I started, so provided that you approach this with a realistic mindset, this could turn out to be a good read.
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  • rachel
    January 1, 1970
    '... inspired by the myth of Medusa.' sign me up Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram
  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    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 an auto-buy for me ever since I read her i 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 an auto-buy for me ever since I read her incredible debut THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL (these titles! and the COVERS!). My highest recommendation. #TeamSverdAndSelvP.S. To all the authors reading this - this book is a master class in how to create & sustain eerie microtension. Do not miss it.
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  • Sheila Goicea
    January 1, 1970
    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 became bitterness, and this bitterness turned her into a 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 became bitterness, and this bitterness turned her into a monster. And the monster that she became wanted to hurt everyone that had hurt her. So she did. She punished everyone until there was no one left to punish. No one at all. Yet another hauntingly beautiful tale by Peternelle van Arsdale. I believe this author has captured my attention wholly when it comes to writing style and character building (and setting and plot and...you get the picture). There are elements in both of her novels, The Beast is an Animal and The Cold is in Her Bones that are so unlike anything I’ve ever read. There is an otherworldliness accompanied with twisted reality which makes these tales familiar, yet very, very foreign. The Cold is in Her Bones is a loose Medusa retelling. While yes, I see the correlations, I also see a lot of differences between this tale and the mythological one. That doesn’t really matter to me, as I read this book as its own story. I’d say that if you are looking for a hardcore, follows-along-the-same-tale type of retelling of Medusa mythology, I don’t feel like this quite fits that bill. I wouldn’t write it off just for that reason, though! This story is stunning, and mixes the twisted, beautiful, mysterious, and whimsical. A brief, yet, very effective Prologue gives a look into the story of Hulda, introducing the lifestyles of the characters, setting, and snakes. It then shifts to Milla’s perspective for the rest of the story. The plot itself isn’t overdone, which is another element of this author’s writing that I admire. Not everything is fully explained, and it allows room for the reader to imagine. I feel that if more was explained, then it would take away from the message this story is conveying. Very strong themes based on feelings resonate throughout the plot. Themes such as anger, forgiveness, vengeance, and regret. Milla dances with most, if not all touched upon. The Cold Is In Her Skin speaks loudly about how if anger is left unchecked it turns into vengeance.The metaphorical is taken literally and feelings materialize. Another theme that stands out is facing your demons. ...I made messes for you, and you can’t wish your messes away. I’m here, Mamma. A big mess. And I’m taking you to your other big mess. And you will apologize, and you will make this right. The only thing I wished that had more explanation was the ending. I felt it ended rather abruptly, and could have been fleshed out further. Otherwise, I loved everything else about this story. Vulgarity: None.Sexual Content: None.Violence: Some. Certain scenes are more eerie than anything. My Rating: ★★★★1/2My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*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 is not allowed to go to the village where the curse Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*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 is not allowed to go to the village where the curse runs rampant. When a village girl named Iris moves to live with her grandparents, Milla finally has a friend but she quickly realizes that the demon is closer than she once thought. This is supposed to be a retelling of Medusa, but it must be very loosely based off of this story. I felt that the story progressed very slowly and not much of a plot occurred. At times I was bored and became disinterested in the story. I didn't much care for what happened to Milla and her family or the girls who became possessed. I did like the theme of the female friendships and how loyal Milla was to Iris. Overall just an average read for me.
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  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    January 1, 1970
    curses!! love!! revenge!! inspired the myth of medusa!!!!!
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    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-telling, but some of the themes are there. Young w 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-telling, but some of the themes are there. Young women with opinions, who question the way the world works, are punished. They're expected to be "good" and follow all the rules or the demon will find them. In this case, the demon materializes and stems from a curse and cry for vengeance from a woman wronged. I've always believed that Medusa was wrongfully punished and her tale is much more than the male-centered view it's often presented as, and this book gave me that.Milla questions her world. She tries to be what they consider good but it doesn't stop the demons leaking in. She's been isolated her entire life and when another girl moves into the closest house, they become quite close. I loved the strong themes of friendship and making decisions that don't always align with the "correct" way of thinking. The story progresses and themes of vengeance soon take over because as much as this story is about women finding their voice amidst oppression from the men in their life, it's also about hate and anger and how holding them close to your heart can lead to the destruction of you and those around you. Wanting vengeance is not the answer and Milla learns that through the actions of the cursed Hulda and her own mother.While the themes in this book are strong, the characters became names on the page rather than fleshed out beings. The Cold is In Her Bones reads like folklore, as though I could sit around the fire and listen to someone tell the tale of Hulda and Milla, of demon girls and scared villagers, of power and vengeance and forgiveness. It's atmospheric and flowery and would probably be great on audio. But I can't say I ever connected to the characters. They were more vessels in which to transfer the lessons. I'm not sure it really made me enjoy the book any more or less, just in a different way.Because this is a different kind of book. It's not an epic action-packed adventure, it's not a comedy nor is it really a tragedy, it's a lesson wrapped in beautiful prose. Would I recommend it to every reader? Probably not because I don't think it's the type of book for everyone. But if you want a moody, atmospheric, powerful re-imagining of Medusa then I think you're going to love it. I know I did.Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'
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  • Julia (ten_thousand_books)
    January 1, 1970
    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 might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a sec 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 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 comes 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. “Be my friend.”I actually really enjoyed this book. It kept me captivated from start to finish. It was full of twists and turns, Magic, mystery and tons of plot twists! I absolutely loved it! “She wasn’t really the girl sitting in the chair by the window, the green snake coiled in her hair. Her body was there. But the other part of her, the better part, was gone.”Hulda was locked away and didn’t get to go outside where she felt the most free. People had dubbed her a monster and even her parents and sister agreed. “But then the cold reached her bones. The cold was in her bones. And that was when she allowed herself one last cry for help.”A way to get the demons out is to freeze them out. “To protect you home from demons: 1. If you see a snake, kill it. Then burn it. 2. Pour salt where the air come in- sills, thresholds, hearths. 3. Stay inside after dark. Lock tight doors and windows. 4. Pray. Lord protect us from the demons. Lord protect us from the demons. Lord protect us from the demons. Amen. “If you were born a girl, you were fair game.” All girls from age 9 to 18 are in danger of being possessed and taken by the demon. Once the symptoms start... there is no stopping what’s to come. The girls are already lost. “She blinked at him. Once. Twice. I see you. See me.”5/5 Stars. Release date: January 22, 2019.
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  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    January 1, 1970
    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 perfect, creating a subtle yet persistent building o 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 perfect, creating a subtle yet persistent building of creepiness and dread. This might not be for everyone as far as the magical elements of the story, but I loved how original this was compared to what's being published right now. The themes of a mother and daughter relationship was really emotional for me and the ending has such a great message of facing your mistakes. If you need something different, please pick this up when it comes out. Review is now up on the blog!https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress....
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  • Mila
    January 1, 1970
    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 do or say or even think, someone out there can and 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 do or say or even think, someone out there can and will express their opinion on what you're doing wrong. It can be your family, your partner, friends, complete strangers, anyone and anywhere. It is a reality in a lot of countries and it sucks. And while it took a different form in this fantasy novel, it was still quite clear where the message was rooted.So, I obviously loved that aspect of the story. What I didn't enjoy were the plot and the characters, both of which were so confusing. Milla changed her opinion on her friend, Iris, her brother and the whole demon curse a hundred times or something like that. It was very frustrating to read a book where nothing was clear until the last few chapters. Milla spent more than half the book trying to find who is "the bad guy" and who was the actual originator of the curse and it was just tiring. She could not make up her mind for a second and made so many confusing decisions so, in the end, I couldn't make myself care for her that much as well. Every other character was also just fine, Iris being the most interesting one, but there wasn't enough time spent with her to really flesh out her character.Basically, I liked the book in theory, I was mostly frustrated or bored while reading it in practice.
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    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 limited to the farm and its environs, but as the c 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 limited to the farm and its environs, but as the curse starts to affect her, too, in a very different way, she starts to question the origin of the curse. I really thought it would have Medusa references, but aside from a couple of snakes growing out of her head, Milla is pretty much a regular girl who has been lied to by her parents, her brother, and her neighbors. She sympathizes with the cursed girls, which is why she tries to free them from the villagers (there is a bit of witch hunting like scenario going on, with them getting rid of every slightly disobedient girl this way - which I feel could have been explored better to round out the plot), and then tries to start a new life. However, the curse will linger until its broken, so she has to face it. I felt it took too long to get to that point, and built a lot up, but then the climactic scene was meh? The bonus is there is no romantic subplot to distract from the story, so that is good. Overall, it is a good read but not something that kept me ensnared. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Margaret K. McElderry Books, via Netgalley.
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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    ...inspired by the myth of Medusa... Yup, I'm in! Even if I dislike the cover lol
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting Medusa story but I felt it was lacking something... I'll gather my thoughts and post a review soon.**HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...When the blurb of this book mentioned “Medusa retelling”, I knew I would need this in my life. Who wouldn’t love a story like that? Sadly this fell flat for me. I wanted to love it, I tried so hard to love i This was an interesting Medusa story but I felt it was lacking something... I'll gather my thoughts and post a review soon.**HUGE thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.**--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...When the blurb of this book mentioned “Medusa retelling”, I knew I would need this in my life. Who wouldn’t love a story like that? Sadly this fell flat for me. I wanted to love it, I tried so hard to love it, but it came across as more of a sloppy mess. I get the message that was trying to be expressed but the way it was delivered left me confused.The story is told from the POV of Milla, the girl who would grow up to become Medusa. She lived in a town where teen girls are known to become possessed by demons. Her parents treated her as if she were nothing more than a burden, always talking down to her, and never saying a kind word to her. When another teen girl, Iris, moved close to her family in the hopes of becoming engaged to her brother, things change. Iris started to show signs of being possessed so she is carted off to The Place. The Place is where girls are taken once they “show signs” but they never return. Milla knows that Iris was not possessed so she ventured out to make the journey to get her friend back.But Milla has secrets of her own…. she can talk to animals and that includes snakes. To her great surprise, her mother discovered a snake growing out of her head while brushing her hair. Milla was thrilled because she felt safe and comforted with the snake being so close. She could sense its thoughts and feelings. Soon another snake grows from the other side of her head and she welcomed it like a long lost friend. She could not tell anyone what was going on because if she did, she would be sent away. The other big secret was that her aunt was the one who set the dreaded curse upon the village.As you can tell, there was a lot going on… almost too much. The message I found within the pages was a good one – that no matter how hard you try everyone will have an opinion and they will tell you what it is. You absolutely cannot make everyone happy. It felt like an odd message to have buried so deep down and hidden in a fantasy novel. It took me a lot of reflection and processing of the story to figure that out.While there was a lot going on plot wise, the delivery was also off. Milla’s character felt underdeveloped. She constantly changed her opinion on everything in her life – she liked Iris and then she didn’t then she did again; she was terrified of the demon curse but then welcomed it at the same time. There were also long (and I mean long) stretches of chapters where nothing happens. It was never truly clear what was really going on. Nothing came together until the last few chapters. While this was a quick read, it was a frustrating read. I found that I never connected with Milla or her quest to find out who the “bad guy” was. I wanted to know more about Iris, Milla’s family, and the rest of the characters but that never happened.Overall, I struggled with this one. I was excited to read in the beginning but that fizzled quickly as I became confused and bored. I found myself skimming huge paragraphs that described nothing relevant to the overall story. The premise and concept of the book was what hooked me but the execution left so much to be desired. If you read this, read it with a small amount of reservation.
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  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Peternelle van Arsdale’s latest release, The Cold is in Her Bones is an intriguing story that ties in the origins or possible origins, of Medusa! Medusa was the gorgon from Greek mythology with snakes for hair and if you were to meet her gaze, you’d turn into stone. While that is the basis of the origin character, that’s not the story here. Instead, we open the story I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.Peternelle van Arsdale’s latest release, The Cold is in Her Bones is an intriguing story that ties in the origins or possible origins, of Medusa! Medusa was the gorgon from Greek mythology with snakes for hair and if you were to meet her gaze, you’d turn into stone. While that is the basis of the origin character, that’s not the story here. Instead, we open the story and learn about a strange little girl, Hulda, who favored snakes and had something terrible happened to her.The story then moves forward and we meet Milla, another awkward sort of girl who just wants to have a friend in life. Her older brother, Niklas, was once her friend, but he’s getting older and rarely has time to spend with her. He’s their parents’ favorite and often, Milla feels neglected. Then when Niklas’ soon to be betrothed, Iris, moves to town, Milla is elated to finally have a friend. That is until an old curse comes to town and infects lots of young girls and women.Iris is soon one of them and Milla becomes determined to save her and break the curse. But first she’ll have to learn more about the curse itself and what it means. You might be able to guess what it is too. The girls are slowly going insane, acting like they are possessed by demons. Though Milla doesn’t often hear voices like some of the other girls claim, she has noticed that something is changing her. The cover will give you a hint and it’s that Milla now has two snakes growing from her head!I’ll admit that the idea behind this story intrigued me greatly, but the execution wasn’t all what I had anticipated. The pacing was more on the slow side of things. While Milla’s journey was intriguing enough, I felt like getting the answers took longer than necessary. All the while, Milla is trying to keep her own transformation as secret as possible.I did enjoy the friendship that grew between Milla and Iris. It’s refreshing when a story can surround a friendship that doesn’t involve romantic interludes on either party. Yes, Iris was meant to be engaged to Niklas, but she spent more time with Milla than her intended, so it was almost moot. MIlla sets out on her quest to bring her friend back and to save her, but naturally, secrets get revealed and while her quest is the same, there’s more motivation to it.I guess in theory, I had been hoping for a bit more Medusa in this story that likens to Medusa. While we do get girls with snakes for hair, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It wasn’t a bad way of going about things, just unexpected. The pacing is also what dragged me down a bit with this one. It wasn’t all that exciting all the time. I can’t help but just wanting a little more from the story than what was given. Still, not a bad read, just not a great one either.Overall Rating 3/5 starsThe Cold is in Her Bones releases January 22, 2019
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  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    January 1, 1970
    I was immediately drawn to THE COLD IS IN HER BONES because of its evocative title and lovely cover. Even better, the novel is a beautifully written retelling of Medusa. It stuck its fangs into me on page one and never let go.In THE COLD IS IN HER BONES, women are forced to take up as little space as possible. Milla has never left her home, never seen the village, and is only allowed to cook and clean. Her anger and confusion is understandable. And that same anger is what drove the village to be I was immediately drawn to THE COLD IS IN HER BONES because of its evocative title and lovely cover. Even better, the novel is a beautifully written retelling of Medusa. It stuck its fangs into me on page one and never let go.In THE COLD IS IN HER BONES, women are forced to take up as little space as possible. Milla has never left her home, never seen the village, and is only allowed to cook and clean. Her anger and confusion is understandable. And that same anger is what drove the village to be cursed, and its people to create a cycle of fear and punishment.THE COLD IS IN HER BONES aptly navigates relationships, revealing the complexities of connections and the damage that people cause when their actions are driven by fear. The novel presents a layered story of multifaceted characters and deep friendships. It's divinely unique.
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  • Katherine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    This Medusa-inspired tale is absolutely captivating, and it’s the second book by the talented Peternelle van Arsdale. Milla is a young naïve girl living on an isolated farm, far from even the closest village, and the only people she ever sees are those of her small family. She is aware only that demons are real, and that are certain things that she must do to keep them away, like making salt lines in the house. When young Iris comes to live with her family, Milla’s whole world opens up, but it a This Medusa-inspired tale is absolutely captivating, and it’s the second book by the talented Peternelle van Arsdale. Milla is a young naïve girl living on an isolated farm, far from even the closest village, and the only people she ever sees are those of her small family. She is aware only that demons are real, and that are certain things that she must do to keep them away, like making salt lines in the house. When young Iris comes to live with her family, Milla’s whole world opens up, but it also soon coincides with another change: small snakes growing in her hair. She then learns of why she doesn’t hear about what happens in the village: it’s cursed by ’a demon’ that takes girls at random and her family has kept this from her. She feels betrayed and her new path begins.The classic Greek myth of Medusa immediately conjures up images of a ghastly woman with a headful snakes turning those that look at her to stone, but this is more like a carefully paced fairytale than a myth full frightening gorgons (*a Gorgon was described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair), beginning with the backstory of a girl called Hulda, cast out by her family.‘The Cold is In Her Bones’ then continues with the story of Milla, and this is where most of the novel lies. While I admit that I kept expecting Milla’s head to sprout a lot more than two snakes, and there would be swaths of men turning to stone in her wake, this story seems to have parallels with the countless stories of how girls and women are cast aside at the dawn of womanhood (puberty/menstruation has begun) or when they are in ’the throes of hysteria’ (misunderstood/too emotional, etc). There's also a greater theme of abandonment running through the novel too, and that ever-present fear that runs through so many societies and ages before us of demonic possession (or is it just our own demons?). There were certain scenes that gave me echoes of the many stories of accusals of witchcraft, especially in the way that the girls and women are treated when they are shunned from society. It's worth noting that Medusa has most often been associated as a symbol of feminism in popular culture and in art.The girls in the novel look to Milla, who otherwise had felt like a nobody, for help, and she also makes connections with others when she has previously had none to really speak of. The feeling of empowerment that Milla gains once she starts to connect to the environment around her and starts to think for herself, and using that to help others around her, is a universal theme through so many tales, and what I loved here, was the subtle way it affected her. I would like to have a second read of the book to get a fuller grasp of the way she tries to connect with the other girls and her struggle to do so. There's also a lot going on with Milla’s connection to Iris that's really interesting. This is where the book felt a bit disjointed to me, although it's actually the most pivotal for Milla. I found it curious that the tone of the book felt in keeping with some bygone time or perhaps, it even feels ’timeless’ like some folktales do. I don't know if that's the style of van Arsdale's writing, or if there was something deliberate about it.A slow-paced but fascinating tale, great themes. Beautifully set, but just a few snakes.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written - read sort of like a folktale or dark fairy tale fantasy. Not my usual type of read but I did enjoy it. Longer RTC!Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Check out my Bookstagram! Or check out my Jen In Ten reviews on Youtube - get the lowdown on current books in 10-30 seconds!Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Aisling
    January 1, 1970
    This is a five star book with 1 star editing, so..... Great concept. As others have said, a very empowering book for young girls which sends all the right messages (looks don't matter- heart does, life is unfair-strive anyway, you don't need rescuing, brain beats brawn, etc) but just is too slow moving and too repetitive. Once I'd read the excellent prologue I was excited to plow on but then....you get to read it all over again with a new character. Then a slow middle followed by a slightly over This is a five star book with 1 star editing, so..... Great concept. As others have said, a very empowering book for young girls which sends all the right messages (looks don't matter- heart does, life is unfair-strive anyway, you don't need rescuing, brain beats brawn, etc) but just is too slow moving and too repetitive. Once I'd read the excellent prologue I was excited to plow on but then....you get to read it all over again with a new character. Then a slow middle followed by a slightly overdone ending (but good stuff in there!)....I just feel like this would have been a GREAT book at half the pages. The author can write and write well but it just did not flow or move fast enough and for YA books especially this is really crucial. I would absolutely read more by this author.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Not for me...
  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss. This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased. Wow. The Cold is in her Bones was fabulous. There's so much to talk about because it's a book about family, sisterhood, and vengeance. I haven't read something like this in such a long time and it made me feel like I did after The Hollow Girl. With added layers, there's so much to unpack here - the confines of femininity, the fear and punishment of women, the danger of Disclaimer: I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss. This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased. Wow. The Cold is in her Bones was fabulous. There's so much to talk about because it's a book about family, sisterhood, and vengeance. I haven't read something like this in such a long time and it made me feel like I did after The Hollow Girl. With added layers, there's so much to unpack here - the confines of femininity, the fear and punishment of women, the danger of holding onto anger, and the necessity for love and compassion. It's a book that has threads of medusa, but also about the way we cling to vengeance, are caught up in a laundry machine of anger and pain, until we raze it to the ground.
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  • Katherine Wren
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to Netgalley and Margaret K. McElderry Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest view. If you have enjoyed the recent rise in popularity of fairy-tale retelling, it's time to move into the world of mythological retelling, specifically with Medusa. A lovely mix of fantasy and realism, The Cold is in Her Bones will prove to be a book you just can't set down. Peternelle van Arsdale's style mirrors that of a fairy tale and she will hold you s Special thanks to Netgalley and Margaret K. McElderry Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book in exchange for an honest view. If you have enjoyed the recent rise in popularity of fairy-tale retelling, it's time to move into the world of mythological retelling, specifically with Medusa. A lovely mix of fantasy and realism, The Cold is in Her Bones will prove to be a book you just can't set down. Peternelle van Arsdale's style mirrors that of a fairy tale and she will hold you spellbound for the entire journey of this book. This book begins with something akin to once-upon-a-time. Many years ago a girl named Hulda lived with her parents and her most beautiful sister. Everything the pretty sister did was perfect and everything Hulda did was "wrong". Hulda found companionship with animals, specifically snakes, who gave her the comfort that her family refused. But when a snake is seen burrowed into her hair, Hulda is believed to be demon-possessed and her family turns on her. The village sees fit to try to freeze the demon out of Hulda and they leave her buried in the snow for three days, hoping the demon will flee and they can be left to bury Hulda in peace. However, Hulda awoke with a vengeance, returned to her village, and cursed those there and those yet to come so that they could never find a moment's peace. The story then switches to a young girl named Milla. Milla's parents love her brother best and seem to put a careful and calculated emotional distance between themselves and Milla. In all her life Milla has only ever met five people; her parents, her brother Niklas, and the neighbor couple, Trude and Stig. Milla tries only to please her parents, but it seems she never quite can. Things do begin to look up for Milla when Trude and Stig's granddaughter comes to live with them in the hopes that she will one day marry Nicklas. Milla finds a friend in Iris, who loves telling stories. That bond is put to the test when Iris's mind is taken by the demon. The Cold is in Her Bones is heartbreaking and hopeful and heartbreaking again by turns. It is breathtaking throughout. I cannot wait to bring this to my classroom library upon publication. I've already talked it up and am expecting a line of students vying for the first read.
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!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 M You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!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.
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  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly couldn't click with it. I really loved how the book sounded when I first read the synopsis and I felt that the first half of the book was written really well, but after the first half, it just fell apart and was a real mess. The writing was all over the place and the plot just didn't seem to make sense in some places. But in all honesty, I guess my expectations were just too high and that my excitement for a Medusa retelling made me have those ex I really wanted to love this book, but I honestly couldn't click with it. I really loved how the book sounded when I first read the synopsis and I felt that the first half of the book was written really well, but after the first half, it just fell apart and was a real mess. The writing was all over the place and the plot just didn't seem to make sense in some places. But in all honesty, I guess my expectations were just too high and that my excitement for a Medusa retelling made me have those expectations. I did love many aspects of this story, hence the three stars. The story was actually pretty interesting and I love the message and girl power of it all.**An arc of this book was given to me by Simon Teen.
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  • Samantha Beard
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed a lot of elements of this story, particularly the examination of karma. When negative actions are put out into the world, they come back to haunt the source, 3 fold. This book is a look at what we owe to our parents, siblings, and friends. It's also a look at what it means to be tolerant and to accept those who are different. The links to Medusa legend are present but somewhat muddled I thought. I would say that anyone looking for a strong link to classic Medusa stories would be a bit I enjoyed a lot of elements of this story, particularly the examination of karma. When negative actions are put out into the world, they come back to haunt the source, 3 fold. This book is a look at what we owe to our parents, siblings, and friends. It's also a look at what it means to be tolerant and to accept those who are different. The links to Medusa legend are present but somewhat muddled I thought. I would say that anyone looking for a strong link to classic Medusa stories would be a bit let down by this. For me, it's much more successful as a witchy/demony old world fairy tale with some snake imagery.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is now an auto-buy author. Her books feel like the original fairy tales where there's danger in the woods, but if you face it with courage, you'll defeat it and get your not necessarily happy ending, but the one that's right for you. And her stories are full of strong girls and even if other people look at them strangely or with fear of their ideas or behavior, they're strong in spirit and find a way to overcome. And their support comes from their sisters and friends.And SHE saved h I think this is now an auto-buy author. Her books feel like the original fairy tales where there's danger in the woods, but if you face it with courage, you'll defeat it and get your not necessarily happy ending, but the one that's right for you. And her stories are full of strong girls and even if other people look at them strangely or with fear of their ideas or behavior, they're strong in spirit and find a way to overcome. And their support comes from their sisters and friends.And SHE saved her brother!!! Not the other way around.
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