As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

*My thanks to the lovely Emily Burns at Bonnier Zaffre for my review copy*
About the book:

Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody’s business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school’s darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them.

Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating the Tampere’s dark underbelly in the search to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the infamous ‘Polar Bear’ – or will she become another one of his victims?

My thoughts:

I’m not gonna lie, I hadn’t heard of this series before I got the email from Emily, but once I read the description I was completely intrigued. Anyone who reads my blog knows that the colder the location of a book, the higher the likelihood that I will want to read it! That’s no different here because as soon as I saw Finland I was sold! πŸ˜‚

I don’t usually read YA, in fact I can probably count on one hand how many YA books I’ve read in recent years so that was the only thing making me wonder whether or not I’d enjoy this book as its a little different to my usual reads.

Lumikki is a fun character. She reminds me of Lisbeth Salander, a comparison drawn between the pages too, and it’s pretty damn accurate. The only difference being their age, but both are strong characters and Lumikki is more than capable of looking after herself as the reader finds out on more than one occasion.

The story for As Red As Blood is also really engaging. There’s a Nancy Drew-esque mystery to solve, and along with some schoolmates Lumikki is drawn into a rather unsavoury situation involving murder, corruption and drugs. Heavy themes for a YA novel, but they work really well here.

As Red As Blood is the first in the Snow White trilogy, and upon finishing it last night, I was more than tempted to dive straight into the next one, As White As Snow, because the way it finishes certainly leaves the reader wanting more.

I throughly enjoyed reading As Red As Blood (4⭐️ on Goodreads), and if you enjoy YA books then I would highly recommend it! It’s a very promising start to the series. I will definitely be starting the next one ASAP. It’s out now, and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

What do you think? Would you read it? Let me know in the comments! πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–

10 thoughts on “As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

  1. Reading your review, I realized I have never read any books which setting was in Finland! Being a true Northerner, cold weather is my favorite. Just for this, I was ready to grab that book. Then I read the synopsis and your review, and now I am more than curious! Great review!

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