As Red As Blood
by Salla Simukka Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
on January 17th 2017 Genres: Thrillers & Suspense
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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.
Follow Me Back
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or the content of my review.
by A. V. Geiger Published by Sourcebooks Fire
on June 1st 2017 Genres: Computers & Digital Media
, Performing Arts
, Thrillers & Suspense
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Tessa Hart's world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it's like his speaking directly to her...Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn't help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies. When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric's plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world's best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn...Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts, this thriller for the online generation will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.
Reading Follow Me Back is like opening your favorite bag of candy and eating it all in one sitting. It’s that good. I don’t remember the last time a book had such a high level of suspense that made me want to read it all in one sitting. This fish couldn’t resist the hook. And this comes from a person who typically avoids all contemporary if I can—and especially anything to do with boy bands or celebrities. So I was 100% impressed.
Tessa has agoraphobia, something I can personally relate to, and uses Twitter and her obsession of Eric Thorn as a coping mechanism. Eric Thorn is a pop singer, feeling trapped by his fame and fans. Fame aside, the two aren’t really all that different. But it’s not easy starting a relationship when one of them is catfishing. There are twists and turns, and none of them are predictable.
I connected so much with Tessa, at her best and at her worst, because I have and still am experiencing what she’s going through—minus a certain situation—but it’s nice seeing this portrayed in a book that doesn’t look down upon the person. As for Eric, I also understood where he was coming from. The ending (omg!!) left me feeling confused and conflicted. What even happened? I have theories but I need answers.
by Thomas E. Sniegoski Amazon Published by Simon Pulse
on May 31st 2016 Genres: Girls & Women
, Science Fiction
, Thrillers & Suspense
, Young Adult Pages:
Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home—turning every animal into savage weapons—in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Sniegoski. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore as she as she gets ready to leave the small island of Benediction behind for one of Boston’s top veterinary schools. Only a few small bumps in the road to navigate before she can go—her father’s recovery from a debilitating stroke, and her own guilt for ending her relationship with her high school sweetheart. But she’s always been strong willed, and she’s not about to let anything stop her from achieving her goals. Now a storm is bearing down on Benediction, a hurricane that will bring devastating winds and rain, rising tides...and something else. Something deadly; something that will transform all the things that creep, crawl, and flutter into instruments of terror and death. The future is looking bright for Sidney Moore…if only she can survive the storm.
Everything was normal on Sidney Moore’s island home of Benediction, at least until the storm came and then it wasn’t. Animals, from smallest bugs to once friendly dogs, have gone erratic and are attempting to kill every human in sight. It’s a nightmare come into reality and Sidney along with her friends must find answers for this hellish phenomena while trying to keep each other alive.
The only word that perfectly describes Savage overall is bizarre. It was a really bizarre book to read and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The ending and the cause of the entire event(s) was really something I didn’t expect (there was only a very brief explanation and it was open-ended, so there is most likely going to be a sequel, otherwise it just doesn’t work in my opinion). Animal lovers may feel uneasy with violence towards and from animals, but if that’s not the case with you then it’s easy to be drawn into the story to see what happens. I’m not 100% sure what I think of the book other than it was okay, but it feels like it’s missing something, and the reason behind the animals turning on humans didn’t feel like it belonged to this book. I don’t want to say it was random, but it sure felt like it.