The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 9/2/19-9/4/19

An incredibly beautiful cover! Like most of these, I have no idea what this is about. I am guessing based on the wrapping of the gifts that this book is about mermaids. But otherwise, I am going in as blind as usual, so I will see you all at the first gift!

Page 84

My guess was completely wrong! Instead of mermaids, it is snakes! This book starts out with a super creepy story about a girl, named Hulla, who befriended snakes and they then took over her mind and when one of them killed, she felt the aftershocks of it. From there, we meet Milla, a young girl who is separated from other people for fear of catching demons. Her brother, Niklas is at an age where he wants to get married, so he asks his father to bring Iris, who is also the granddaughter of their neighbors, to come live out in the middle of nowhere with them. When Iris begins to hear voices, she tells Milla. But when she runs away, Milla is the only who is able to find her since she could hear Iris in her mind. Iris gets sent away, leaving Milla reeling.

The comb feels wooden and really strong. I hesitate from combs purely because I got the devil’s hair, so I break anything that tries to tame it. With that being said, I will be sure to try this out in the near future!

Page 97

Serves her right! So Milla’s mom, Gitta, is the sister of the woman in that creepy story I was telling you about! Milla’s mom was so mean to her sister, so I’m glad that her daughter is becoming a “demon”. Also, BTW Milla is now growing snakes in her hair. Totally normal things. And Niklas wouldn’t leave Iris at The Place where they take demented girls, so now he’s gone.

The gift is an apron, which I don’t normally use, but I feel like I need to start getting in the habit.

Page 198

Is it sad that I was super excited for this sewing kit? Ah man, I am really an adult!

Milla goes to The Place to find Niklas and Iris. When she gets there, the girls convince her to lock Niklas in a cell in order for them to escape. As Milla gets out of The Place, she gets on a horse which leads her to a house in the middle of nowhere. She gets taken in by the family of Katrina and Otto with their children Kai and Liss.

Page 275

This is super cool, although I am unsure how to burn it? Do I need to put a little dish underneath it? It doesn’t smell like anything, but will it when it is burning? Or is it more of a candle that you leave sitting around and don’t touch, because I am not about that life. So many questions!

This comes at the end of the story so I am going to talk about the whole book as a whole. Milla begins to bring a blight on the family, so she goes to confront Hulla to see why she is punishing her so. Hulla says that since Gitta did not treat her well as a kid, that is why Milla is being punished. Milla then returns home in the idea that apologizing to Hulla will get Hulla to reverse the curse. And that is where I will leave you!

The overall book was okay, but hard to follow at points. I also wasn’t really invested in this story, so it was hard for me to keep with the book. It is a little creepy, but fine for a young audience. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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