Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review #468 - As Red as Blood (Lumikki Andersson #1) by Salla Simukka


In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.

Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.

But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.

As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.

My Rating: 3.5/5

I received this book for review from Five Mile Press.

I am actually really surprised by how well this book translated into English. I have read numerous translations that have seemed to have lost something in the translation, but this book didn't seem to have that problem.

The only negative thing I can say about this book was that I found the foreign names confusing and hard to distinguish them from one another at times.

The plot was my favourite part of the book. It was very intriguing, fast paced, action packed and rather intense.

Lumikki was a very strong, mature and independent protagonist.

I found this book rather slow paced until the last 70 or so pages where it sped up significantly.

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