As Red as Blood


Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally.

A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite hosting lavish parties and having a notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.

As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka

Publication Date: January 17, 2017 by Crown for Young Readers


My Thoughts:

While a quick, enjoyable read, As Red as Blood felt a bit too much like a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for young adults with Lumikki as the less goth little sister of Lisbeth Salander.

Despite this issue, As Red as Blood is still a fun read if you don’t take it too seriously. While I had my doubts about Lumikki, I began to enjoy her personality more once she met Elisa and there was less of a focus on teen drama and cliques. Plus, what isn’t there to like about a badass female main character who can outsmart a bunch of grown men/criminals?

While there are tons of YA novels out there that integrate elements of fairy tales, Simukka uses that aspect well and never did I feel like she was letting it stray away from her own story line. This was probably one of the elements of Simukka’s writing that I enjoyed the most.

I did have some difficulty with the writing style at times, but I’m not sure if that was more from the translation than Simukka’s style. There was an awkwardness, particularly with dialogue, that I found difficult to get past, but I’d be willing to give Simukka another chance to see if that changes with the second book in this trilogy.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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