Blog Tour | The Cold in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

Looking for a quick fantasy read that's light-hearted?! Check out The Cold Is in Her Bones. Read my review below!

Title: The Cold in Her Bones

Author: Peternelle van Arsdale

Age: Young Adult

Genres: Fantasy

Publication Date: January 22nd 2019

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Source: ARC provided

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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.

My Rating: 


"A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike." ―Bustle

Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga  

My Thoughts:
This was a very interesting read. It took me 2 hours to read this in one sitting. This is a fantasy story with tons of family drama. I enjoyed the writing of this story as it flowed with ease and the plot seemed pretty good, but I couldn't truly connect with the characters in this story.

The story follows Milla who is a niece to a demon. She's lived on a farm with her parents and brother and is told to be obedient and locked away from world. She grows tired of her life at the farm. Until she mets Iris and they become the best of friends.

Milla was a sweet girl despite how she was treated and raised. She overcame the odds and stayed true to herself. She was always worried about other people instead of herself. She was quick on her feet when it came to trouble as well. As the main character I think she was great and well balanced.

Iris is the mysterious new girl and friend. She seemed to be a sweet girl depsite all the drama with the demons and curses. Niklas was an awesome brother throughout the whole story. His love for Milla was amazing. Gitta (Milla's mother) always irritated me especially once the pieces of the curse made sense. This lady needed to get over herself. I will say I appreciated her at the end. Jakob was a jerk of a father. He was annoying from prologue to ending.

Hulda (the curse maker) was a just a girl still crushed from her past. I didn't like how she used the other girls to get revenge, but I did like the softness of her heart at the end with Gitta. Vengeance (the demon) seemed so damn evil. I don't know how I felt about her.

The whole plot with the curse seemed amazing to me. The idea of snakes, demons and curses intrigued me and kept me reading straight through. Overall, I enjoyed the reading experience, I just wish I connected more with the characters in the story.

About the Author
Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub,, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.

- Open to international
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- 1 Winner will receive a Set of Book from Peternelle van Arsdale (THE COLD IS IN HER BONES and THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL).
- Ends February 13th

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