I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka
Published August 1st 2014 by Skyscape (first published January 1st 2013)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: DNF @ 38% – Pretty sure that something is getting lost in translation here from Finnish to English because I am not liking this book very much. The characters are annoying and everything done by the main character, Lumikki, just does not seem realistic. She’s being chased by kidnappers and immediately realizes it is because she had to borrow Elisa’s hat… yeah, not buying it. Lumikki has moved out of her parents house to a completely different town to finish high school. She acts as though she is some sort of spy or assassin, knowing when people are following her and how to avoid being followed. She is able to jump to these conclussions that most normal high schoolers wouldn’t even begin to think of. It just didn’t seem like a feasible plot line to me. I will not be finishing this book nor will I be moving on to read the rest of the series.