Title- As Red as Blood.
Author- Salla Simukka.
Publish date- August 2014.
Publisher- Hot Key Books.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Lumikki is enjoying the life she leads, one where she gets to live alone in the city and forget the noises of her past. Then she walks into the darkroom of her school and sees the money, the bloody water. That is when she gets pulled into the mystery, and after that? Nothing is going to be the same.
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Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review ARC!
What I thought:
If I hadn't decided I ought to broaden my review choices and request a copy of this frankly wonderful yet perhaps creepy sounding novel, had I not read about it's love in Finland, I would have missed out on reading a book that is vying to be my all time favourite read for 2014 (tied with The Assassin's Blade at the moment).
In the first pages I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it, but as soon as the protagonist Lumikki came onto the scene I loved her and the way the story just *became*.
Lumikki is a stunning, unique and altogether wonderful protagonist, though the story isn't just settled on her, the POV changing fairly often between a girl whom she is roped into helping and those on the darker side of the story. The one thing I didn't agree with Lumikki on, or at least the one that doesn't set off nearly every spoiler light, is that she doesn't like tea. At all.
I did pause when I read that.
She is a true heroine, however, and I just love how she takes control of her own story, unwilling to let others control her or try to take charge. It was spectacular.
There were thrilling twists and turns here aplenty, and the chance of danger for Lumikki aroud every corner, and there is of course the darkness to this tale, the mystery that she lands herself unwittingly in when she sees thousands of euros drying in the school darkroom, the blood that's been clearned off them still in the developing trays, staining the water.
Being someone with frail nerves when it comes to the scary and/or creepy stuff, I should've been concerned about how all this would affect me. How the violence and blood money (ha!) would probably leave me awake for at least one petrified night, and I may have, before I started reading, I don't remember, but once I started? Pshew. No time for that.
No time at all. We've got a mystery to solve.
Rating: Big Explosion MIND BLOWN-
Lumikki is now firmly placed in my all time favourite character files for her spirit, fierce determination and passion, and I felt for this young woman so much with her heartrending back story, which we slowly learn.
The book is ab all time favourite, also, and I just hope I don't have too long a wait ahead of me for the next one!
I may now be deciding to rewrite my exercise routine and try to learn at least a few of Lumikki's tricks. (She has many.)