The Cold Is in Her Bones

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Author: van Arsdale, Peternelle

Brand: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Number Of Pages: 288

Release Date: 22-01-2019

Details: Product Description “A dark and enchanting tale.” —Bustle “Fiercely written and beautifully feminist.” —Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this “dark, angry fairy tale” (BCCB, starred review) filled with love, revenge, and redemption that is 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. Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love. From School Library Journal Gr 7-10–The myth of Medusa is revisited in this haunting retelling. Milla resents her life of servitude on her family’s isolated farm and balks at the idea of conforming to her parents’ selfish wishes. Most women of Milla’s acquaintance live compliant lives, serving the needs of their husbands. Meanwhile, the superstitious villagers tremble in fear of a demon’s curse, which manifests itself as reptilian skin and snakes in the hair and results in the loss of its victims’ souls. The arrival of a newcomer, Iris, offers lonely Milla something she’s never had: a true friend. But Iris bears a dark secret—she’s already been afflicted by the curse. When Milla’s parents discover Iris’s condition, they send her away to The Place, an awful fortress where demon-possessed young women are banished. Milla is determined to save her friend and sets out to free her. However, the curse has begun to spread to Milla, creating disturbing thoughts and physical changes in her. Part fairy tale and part allegory, the story pits serpents, witches, and demons against seemingly powerless female characters who must learn to speak up for themselves. The author has created a cautionary tale that warns against ignorance and shines a spotlight on feminism. Van Arsdale’s writing will appeal to young adults with its strong themes of loyalty and friendship. VERDICT A good selection for those who enjoy fairy tales and to spark discussion about gender roles and feminism.–Sandi Jones, Wynne High School, Wynne, AR Review "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 "Written with compassion for the deplorable situation of girls in a strange world, The Cold is In Her Bones is very relevant and not so strange for young readers, who must contend with demons all the time in today's reality." -- Jack Zipes, author of The Irresistible Fairy Tale "A dark, magic-infused story lit by bravery and hope." ― Booklis

EAN: 9781481488440

Languages: English

Binding: Hardcover

Item Condition: New