Sunday, October 30, 2016

As Red As Blood Review...

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.



I struggled with this audio book.  While it was good it wasn’t absolutely great.  I don’t know that I would recommend this book but it was interesting.
The book follows Lumikki as she is thrown into solving a mystery three of her classmates are ensnared in.  Three of her classmates found a bag of bloody money after a party at one of their houses.  Lumikki found the money when they had tried to clean it in the schools dark room and she found it.  One of them becomes a target meaning that it is one of her parents meant to receive the money.  But Lumikki is on the case and determined to find out what is going on.  Can she do it without getting caught?
I am not entirely sure about the characters.  They don’t seem to grow or develop.  You get some back story on Lumikki in the form of flashbacks however they don’t mesh together in my opinion.  The beginning of the book doesn’t seem to work with the rest of the book.  Now this is a translated version of the book but still it should make sense when translated.  Nearer the end of the book things started to mesh a bit more but I still felt like I was missing something throughout the book.  It just didn’t flow at all.  However, the plot was intriguing which is what kept me reading.  The narrator was decent and helped pull me in because of the accent she used.
All in all it was an interesting read that I have a love/hate relationship with.  I was intrigued but not enough to read the second book in the series at this time.  It was just didn’t flow enough for me and there didn’t seem to be enough character growth or explanation.
3.5 stars

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