2015 · 3 Stars · About Me · Book Reviews · Reviewed for NetGalley · Young Adult

As Red As Blood – Salla Simukka



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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.


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I want to say first off, I loved, loved, loved, that first scene.

“… each moment saw more red encroaching on the white, spreading, gaining ground, creeping forward through the crystals, staining them as it went.”

That is probably the most interesting way I have heard blood on snow being described.

Lumikki is a great character. She doesn’t want to, or needs to fit in. She knows who she is, and is fine with it. That is great in any character, but better is a lead female character.

Everything is written very beautifully and vividly. The scenes just jump right out at you and feel so real. I think my biggest problem with the book is that there is just so much beating around the bush. So much more could have been put into the book instead of trying to hold the reader in suspense, even though I had it all, for the most part, figured out.

*Spoiler Alert!!!!!!*

I really wish that we didn’t have to wait to basically the end of the book to figure out that the reason she taught herself all that sneaking around, being quiet stuff was because she was getting attacked and bullied at school. I mean there might be more to it, another reason that she had to train herself to basically be a super sleuth but I either missed it or it might be in the next book.

The book for me started off way better then it ended. At first the book just grabs you and is like, “Read me! Enjoy me! For I am all powerful.” Then it just slowly peeters off to, “Eh, I have to stretch this out for 3 books so have fun!”

Anyways… enough ranting. I liked the writing style, super detailed. Just the book was slow. I somewhat enjoyed reading this book, but I am only going to read the next one because I just can’t seem to end a series without reading them all. My mind won’t let me rest, I will always be asking myself, “Well I wonder what happened with that person….?”

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