Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on January 17th 2017
Genres: Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Six of Crows--this international bestseller is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chills to the bone, and not just because of the icy winter setting. 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 his lavish parties and 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.
A mysterious bag of money.
And dangerous drug lords.
As Red as Blood is touted a thriller/mystery, but it wasn’t that thrilling or mysterious—and the story didn’t pick up until around or after the 50% mark, which isn’t good considering it’s such a small book. The beginning was dull and at times confusing. I didn’t like most of the characters—Elisa was all right—and the bad guys were portrayed as every mafia stereotype out there with no depth.
There were certain things within the plot that made little sense.
(1): Why did she take it upon herself to do those things on her own (even though she wasn’t involved, and was able to do everything with relative ease)?
(2): Why were the two boys so useless (they had a few dumb lines and that’s about it)?
(3): The ending (so quick and glossed over…how did it come to that)?
(4): Her parents in general??
Overall, I don’t think it was a bad book. The story picked up enough for me to like it, but I know I won’t bother reading the sequel (the synopsis on that one is…errm okay). It just seems like everything around Lumikki is just extreme happenstance. And I don’t think it was wise to compare As Red as Blood with Six of Crows. Totally different books, not a single similarity in my opinion. The whole book name meets book name thing needs to die.