As Black As Ebony by Salla SimukkaΒ 


*Thanks again to Emily at Bonnier Zaffre for sending me this to review, much appreciated as always!*

About the book:

Lumikki Andersson must uncover a dark personal secret to outwit her bloodthirsty stalker.

Lumikki Andersson has a new boyfriend – easygoing, gorgeous Sampsa who adores her. But when her ex Blaze reappears, declaring his devotion, she doesn’t know what to feel. She can’t deny the chemistry between them, but does he deserve another chance?

Then the threatening letters start arriving, from someone who seems to know her intimately. Suddenly Lumikki is more alone than ever, and it’s not only her life on the line. To stop the killer, she must uncover a dark secret that has haunted her family for years . . .
My thoughts:

As Black As Ebony was an interesting closer to the Snow White series. Without giving too much away, a few things from earlier books are addressed and put to rest.

In this book, Lumikki is back home after the events in Prague and back to school. She also has a new boyfriend and seems to be settling back into things. But as we all know, life never runs smoothly in real like or fiction!πŸ™ˆ

As Black As Ebony gets into things pretty quickly. The reader is also given the POV of the stalker which adds an extra narrative to the story. I found that the pace in this novel didn’t work as well for me as the previous two. Absolutely nothing wrong with the writing, but it was super speedy.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, I totally did. It was easy to read, relatively short and tied things up nicely. My only issue was how fast the plot picked up as it seemed that little bit rushed towards the end.

That is literally the only thing that didn’t work for me though! I would highly recommend these books! They are different, fun and captivating reads! 😊

In case you’ve missed them, here’s the links for the previous two books in the series! πŸ˜‰

 

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

As White As Snow by Salla Simukka

 

As White As Snow by Salla Simukka

I’m still working my way through the Snow White series thanks to the lovely Emily at Bonnier Zaffre! Two down, one to go! πŸ˜‰


About the book:

Lumikki Andersson may be innocent, but she’s no Snow White…

Three and a half months have passed since Lumikki Andersson was left for dead in a snowdrift – a bullet wound in her thigh and frostbite creeping into her skin. But the scorchingly hot streets of Prague in summer provide a welcome contrast to that terrifying time, and now Lumikki just wants to move on – forget the events of the past year, forget about the Polar Bear’s crime ring – and escape her parent’s oppressive concern… She’s alone again, which is just how she likes it.
But Lumikki’s peaceful solitude is about to be shattered. She is approached on the street by a nervous young woman, who, unbelievably, thinks she might be Lumikki’s long-lost sister. Lumikki is unconvinced – although Zelenka’s story seems to ring horrifyingly true – but there’s something weird about her. Something jumpy, and suspicious.

Turns out Lumikki is right to be wary, as Zelenka is part of a dangerous religious cult who believe they are descendants of Christ – and that Lumikki is one of them, and must be ‘martyred’ alongside them. On the run for her life again, Lumikki must once more draw on her all her powers of resolve and strength if she is to survive.

My thoughts:

I recently read and reviewed the first of these books, As Red As Blood (click HERE to read that one!) and read the second one last week but didn’t get my review done until now! I totally jinxed myself saying I was ahead with my posts last week πŸ˜‚

Anyway, I digress as usual…

As White As Snow starts with Lumikki enjoying the sights and sounds of Prague. Away from the events of the previous months, she is enjoying her freedom and exploring the city. But as we’re starting to learn, life is never that simple when you’re essentially a magnet for trouble! 😏

Accosted by Lenka, claiming that she is her half sister, poor Lumikki is once again drawn into a spiders web with danger at every turn. What follows is both fast paced and interesting, because Lumikki has to reconcile the fact that she could have a sibling with the fact that said sibling has unwittingly placed her in harms way.

Listen, I’m not going to go into the plot. The blurb tells you all you need to know! I really enjoying these books. They are a break from the norm for me, marginally more light hearted but still containing serious crimes and abhorrent behaviours. Also, these books are still totally reminiscent of what I would imagine a teenage Lisbeth Salander to be like, with a bit of levity thrown in.

Two books in, and I think Salla Simukka has created a heroine that is human, flawed, young,socially awkward but super interesting to read. Also, allusions made in book 1 to a love interest get discussed in book 2 and it made perfect sense! I’m not going to say any more, just that you should read these books! I’m certain that I’ll emphasise that point after I’ve read book 3 too! πŸ˜‚

Have you read them? Would you read them? I’ll leave the links below πŸ˜‰πŸ“–

As Red As Blood (Book 1): As Red As Blood

As White As Snow (Book 2): As White As Snow

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“–