THE COLD IS IN HER BONES by Peternelle van Arsdale NERD BLAST

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481488449
ISBN-13: 978-1481488440

Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“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

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption 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.

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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, Hypable.com, 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.
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WWW Wednesday #1 :​ Weekly reading update

Hi again! Happy Wednesday and Welcome to my first WWW Wednesday post. WWW Wednesday is a meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking On a World of Words.

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday, where bloggers discuss their 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

WWW Wednesday #1 :​ Weekly reading update


The FamiliarsI received this review copy of The Familiars by Stacey Halls a while ago and I started reading it yesterday. If you loved The Essex Serpent and The Miniaturist, then I’d say that you should add this to your TBR.

The Familiars is set against the frenzy of the real 1612 Witch Trials of Pendle Hill, that explores the rights of 17th-century women, as the fate of a noblewoman and her unborn child rests on proving the innocence of her midwife, an accused witch.

I’m currently on Chapter 11 (out of 25 chapters) and enjoying the gothic vibe but disliking the way women were treated at that time.

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We Hunt the Flame

I finished reading We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal before starting with The Familiars.

I received an ARC from the publisher and even though it releases in May, I just had to read it now! I have yet to write a blog review but you can check out my Goodreads review here. It was such an incredible book that I can’t recommend it enough.

If you’re on Twitter-Book Twitter- chances are, that you’ve already heard about this book.

Reading Next

Sea monstersIn the full light of the sunWhen the sky fell on splendour

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to finish reading Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis next, followed by In the Full Light of The Sun, and finally When The Sky Fell On Splendour. All are review copies from their publishers.

Thank you for reading

Have you read any of the titles I’ve listed? If not,do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned In Books I’d Like to Visit

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Hi everyone! This is my first Top Ten Tuesday post and this week’s prompt is to list the top 10 places mentioned in books that I’d like to visit.

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Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

It’s difficult to choose 10 places out of thousands I’ve been to. I literally had to comb through over 1000 books and my memory to make this list. Some are fictional while some are real places mentioned in books I’ve read up until now.


The Chronicles of Narnia
  1. Cair Paravel: The Chronicles of Narnia series is one of my favorite series and I’ve always dreamed of visiting the fictional realm of Narnia. Who wouldn’t dream of a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals?

Outlander

2. Scotland: By Scotland, I mean I’d love to visit the present Scotland.

Harry Potter

3. Hogwarts & Hogsmeade: While I can’t get inside the book and be a part of the fictional world, I’d love to visit the universal or WB studios…

The Priory of the orange tree

  4. Seiiki: BUT only after the epilogue of Kingdom of Ash when the war is over and things have had time to calm down and rebuild.

Cassandra Clare

  5. Los Angeles: I’d love to meet Emma, Julian, and the Blackthorns, Kit and of course, Church, Magnus, and Alec…

the Night Circus

6. The Night Circus: One of my favorite books from last year, The Night Circus has an enchanting setting I can easily lose myself into. Plus I’m a night owl and it will fare well while visiting the tents till dawn.

Sarah J. Maas

  7. Velaris: I would love to visit Velaris and The Night Court. I loved the magical setting, Rhysand and the rest of the gang

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  8. The Citadel: Presenting The Citadel from Game of Thrones, one of my favorite -I-hope-not- fictional libraries.

Moonlight Scandals

9. New Orleans: Moonlight Scandals is the third book in the De Vincent series and is set entirely in New Orleans.

Anna and the French Kiss

10. Paris: Maybe it sounds cliché, but Paris will always be in the list of places I’d like to visit.


There you go! My list of Top Ten places – fictional and real- that I’d like to visit.

Thank you for reading

What about you? Would you like to visit any of the places I’ve listed? Do you have some other places in mind?  Let me know in the comments below!

The Bookish Academy Awards Tag (2019)

Sahi@My World of Books tagged me 2 months ago to do this tag. So, here I am presenting you the winners of The Bookish Academy Awards(2019). This tag was originally created by BOOKadoodles but Jasmine’s Reading is where Sahi got a modified version of the book tag and now,I am doing it .

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Best Actor: “Best Male Protagonist”

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Adrian from the Bloodlines deserves this award. I loved his character arc throughout the series.

Best Actress: “Best Female Protagonist”

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You: “You are supposed to choose one.” Me: Nope.No can do.

I really tried, trust me, to choose a contender for this category but I found it too difficult. Instead,I present to you six wonderful ladies : Omat from The Wolf in the Whale, Emma Carstairs from The Dark Artifices series, Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale , Kya from Where The Crawdads Sing, all the females from The Priory of The Orange Tree and last but not the least, Sydney Ivashkov(previously Sage) from Bloodlines series .

Best Cinematography: “Best Plot Twist”

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I have read far too many thrillers and other books with as equally tantalizing plot twists as they’re in a thriller. For now, I’ll choose Jane Eyre(my all-time favorite), Verity and The Winters.

Best Costume Design: “Best Book Cover”

I haven’t yet read King of Scars but I am in lust over the cover. It has my Nikolai as my main characters too so…yeah I’m in lust .

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: “Best Male and Female Sidekicks/Supporting characters”

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My favorite male side character is Nikolai and my favorite female side character would be Margaret from The Priory of the Orange Tree.

Best On-Screen Kiss:“Best Couple/Romance”

You see only The Kiss Quotient but believe me when I say, I could list another 100 books here but for the sake of mine, yours and internet’s sanity, let’s not list them, yeah ?

Best Original Screenplay: “Most Unique Plot/World”

….. What? There’s nothing to say except here’s my review

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation” OR “A book that should be adapted into a film”

I loved the movies so fricking much! I haven’t read the entire series but I saw all the movies and loved them a tad better than the books.

Best Animated Feature: “A book that would work well in an animated format” OR “Best Graphic Novel” OR “Best Children’s Book”

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I loved this book as a kid! Presenting “Charlotte’s Web” a.k.a. my childhood book crush.

Best Director: “A writer you discovered for the first time”

I discovered Hafsah Faizal through Book Twitter and then I received a proof copy of her debut novel, We Hunt the Flame.  I was completely blown away by her writing. I highly suggest you add this book to your TBR or pre-order it (if you love reading fantasy)

Best Short Film: “Best Novella” or “Short Book”

I rarely read novellas or short stories but I make exceptions when they are written by my favorite authors.

Best Picture: “Best Stand-Alone”

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is an incredible novel set in the Victorian era.

Best Documentary: “Best Historical Fiction” OR “Best Non-Fiction”

I loved both of Madeline Miller’s books : Circe and Song of Achilles

Best Original Soundtrack: “Best Audiobook” or “Best Book in Verse”

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Best Foreign Film: “Best diverse author” OR “Best book with Diverse Representation”

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Besides We Hunt the Flame, and Descendant of The CraneThe Priory of the Orange Tree deserves an honorary mention.

I Tag no one. Feel free to do this tag if you want to. If you want me to see your answers, then link back to me so that I can check them out!


Congratulations to all the fictional winners in this fictional award show!!! I wish I could give you a gold embossed book shaped statue but alas, I can’t.

Have you read any of these books? Will you read them,if you haven’t ?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

A beautiful story cocooned ​within an ​equally​ beautiful cover| ARC Review of We Must Be Brave

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet review
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SHE WAS FAST ASLEEP on the back seat on the bus. Curled up, thumb in mouth. Four, maybe five years old.

Frances Liardet,We Must be Brave

This is the story of Ellen Parr and her love for her foster daughter, Pamela. The book starts off with Ellen finding a sleeping but abandoned child in a bus. Ellen searches for the child’s mother but no one on the bus has seen her. Distraught, Ellen takes the child -Pamela- into her care and meanwhile, she searches for Pamela’s mother. However, Ellen soon discovers that Pamela’s mother is dead and apparently, Pamela has no other relative who can take care of her. This marks the beginning of a beautiful mother-daughter relationship which is the central theme of the story. 

Years go by, the war ends and so does the time Ellen can spend with Pamela. Ellen has to let Pamela go and they may never see each other again or will they ?

My eyes stung with frustrated tears. I watched the bus emerge from the dip and rush on up the hill, through the bare trees and away to Waltham.

-Frances Liardet, We Must Be Brave

This heartbreaking story is set during the 1940s and spans years through the ’70s till 2010. We learn of Ellen’s past and present and then, at last, we get a glimpse into Pamela’s present. I had no problem with the timeline as it was seamlessly written. I loved the ending too, it left me somewhat heartbroken but content ( am I making any sense?). 

What I didn’t like was some parts of the dialogue and some secondary characters. I felt that the book could have been a bit shorter if some of the parts were cut out. Besides that, I loved this historical fiction where we get a glimpse of one of many consequences of war and life. 

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Overall, I would recommend this tear-jerker of historical fiction where you can glimpse the different consequences of war and the unconventional love between mother and daughter.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 3.75 out of 5 stars.

Author: Connect with Author Frances Liardet here .

  • Publisher: 4th Estate Books
  • Publication Date: 7 Feb 2019
  • Paperback: 896 Pages
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Have you read WE MUST BE BRAVE, or, the author’s previous novel The Game? If your answer is ‘NO’ to both the questions, then, will you add it to your TBR?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!