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 is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.
Milla lives an isolated life on her parents's farm. They fear the risk of demons too much to allow her to go anywhere or have a life of her own. Milla's brother, Niklas, is her only friend until Iris comes to stay. Just when things start to look up for Milla, Iris is kidnapped by a demon rumored to be taking girls. If she wants to save her new friend, she will have to brave the world outside her home and discover who the real demons are around her.
I love the powerful emotion from Milla. She is achingly lonely but still has so much hope inside her. She is a character you easily want to root for. I especially love how the Medusa myth was tied into her story. When Milla starts getting snakes in her hair, she's conflicted by the strangeness of it and the comfort she finds in her snakes. The author has a beautiful, lyrical writing style that makes it easy to get caught up in Milla's journey.
What left me wanting more:
While I loved Milla, the secondary characters and some plot points didn't hold up as well for me. I kept hoping for something more to happen between Milla and Iris, but their relationship fell kind of flat towards the end. However, there are still some really touching scenes between them, and the effect friendship has on Milla is significant.
While THE COLD IS IN HER BONES wasn't a new favorite for me, the strong emotional expression, unique premise, and lovely writing made it an enjoyable read.