A dark fairytale about girls who don't conform and curses, The Cold in in her Bones is different and refreshing in its plot, but as far as the writing goes, it didn't hold my attention. When Milla's new friend and to-be-sister-in-law gets taken by the curse that plagues the girls of the village closest to her family's farm, she sets out to save her. She herself has been kept ignorant of the curse and life limited to the farm and its environs, but as the curse starts to affect her, too, in a very different way, she starts to question the origin of the curse.
I really thought it would have Medusa references, but aside from a couple of snakes growing out of her head, Milla is pretty much a regular girl who has been lied to by her parents, her brother, and her neighbors. She sympathizes with the cursed girls, which is why she tries to free them from the villagers (there is a bit of witch hunting like scenario going on, with them getting rid of every slightly disobedient girl this way - which I feel could have been explored better to round out the plot), and then tries to start a new life. However, the curse will linger until its broken, so she has to face it. I felt it took too long to get to that point, and built a lot up, but then the climactic scene was meh? The bonus is there is no romantic subplot to distract from the story, so that is good.
Overall, it is a good read but not something that kept me ensnared.