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NetGalley|Book Review: As Red as Blood (Lumikki Anderson 1/3) by Salla Simukka

As Red As Blood Book Cover As Red As Blood
Lumikki Anderson 1/3
Salla Simukka
Juvenile Fiction
Hot Key Books
August 7, 2014
DARC
240
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The first story in the thrilling Nordic crime series The Snow White Trilogy, an international success published in 52 territories worldwide and soon to be a Hollywood film. 'Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won't be disappointed' Publishers Weekly The streets of Finland are frozen and white with snow. And nothing is as red against snow as blood . . . Seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson is hardly your average teenager. She lives by herself in the city of Tampere, Finland, and has a firm rule to mind nobody's business but her own. But that rule is put to the test when she happens upon five hundred washed euro notes hanging up to dry in her school's darkroom, and it is shattered once Lumikki realises who owns them. Caught in an increasingly tangled web of deception, corruption and danger, Lumikki finds herself navigating Tampere's dark underbelly in her quest to expose its shocking connection to the international drugs trade. Lumikki is smart, but is she smarter than a master criminal? Can she bring down the infamous 'Polar Bear' - or will she become another one of his victims?

Disclaimer: I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley for review but this will not effect the opinions I give in this review it will be as full and unbiased as any review I do.

“Once upon a time there was a girl who learned to fear.
Fairy tales do not begin this way. Other, darker stories do…”
Lumikki Andersson is a Finnish-Swedish loner, though she doesn’t mind being alone. You see, she has rules – mottoes. One is not to meddle – not to get involved. Another is not to jump to conclusions.
But when she stumbles across thousands of euros of money, hanging up to dry in the darkroom, smelling of old blood, it’s hard not to get involved. Especially when she sees a classmate emerge from the room with a bulging backpack.

Soon, Lumikki is breaking all of her rules, as she’s swept up in a dangerous plot involving the darkest areas of Finland’s criminal underworld. All the while trying to stay one step ahead of a vicious, merciless murderer…

As Red as Blood is well written and intriguing YA crime thriller based in Finland and it is the first book in the Lumikki Anderson Trilogy which has been translated from Finnish. I loved this book as soon as I started reading it because it started with a bang Continue reading

Friday Reads/Currently Reading: Friday Sept. 17/15

Well time for another Friday Reads/Currently Reading post, Over the weekend I intend to:

all books in bold are review books: 1 Direct from the author                                                                                                                                                          2 bloggingforbooks                                                                                                                                                                    3 NetGalley                                                                                                             

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    • Aranya, #1 Shapeshifting Dragons by Marc Suchia (currently at Chapter 7 of  33 Chapters)1
    • The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander (currently at Chapter 7 of 50 Chapters) 2
  • Continue and possibly finish reading the following books:
    • All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (currently at location 256 of 6246)3
    • The Earls Defiant Wallflower, #2 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley (currently at Chapter 4 of 18 Chapters)3
    • Crown of Midnight, #2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass (currently on Chapter 3 of 56 Chapters )
    • Sweet Evil, #1 The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins (currently at Chapter 3 of  31 Chapters)
    • Instruments of Darkness, #1 Crowther and Westerman (omnibus) by Imogen Robertson (currently at location 1637 of  6901)
    • The Minaturist by Jessie Burton (currently at loc. 1033 of 4277)3 
    • Smart, Sexy and Secretive, #2 The Reed Brothers by Tammy Falkner (currently on chapter 3 of 32 chapters)
    • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower, #2 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley 

Friday Reads: Sept. 11

ErWell what do you know time for another Friday reads post, and this week it is my intention to …

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1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

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Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

2. Aranya, #1 Shapeshifter Dragons by Marc Seccha (ebook for Review)

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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom-the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.


 

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The Viscounts Christmas Temptation, #1 Dukes of War by Erica Ridley (Review book from Netgalley)

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Certain individuals might consider Lady Amelia Pembroke a managing sort of female, but truly, most people would be lost without her help. Why, the latest on-dit is that rakish Viscount Sheffield is canceling the fete of the year because he hasn’t time for silly soirees. He doesn’t need time—he needs her!

When a flash of lightning destroys the venue for his family’s annual Christmas ball, Lord Benedict Sheffield intends to enjoy a relaxing holiday for once. But after twelve days of beguiling Lady Amelia’s guerrilla tactics, he’s up to his cravat with tinsel… and tumbling head over heels in love.

Regency Era Historical Romance Novella

The Dukes of War historical romance books in series order:

  • The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation
  • The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower
  • The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress
  • The Major’s Faux Fiancee
  • The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride

 

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1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (review book from Netgalley)

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

2. (hopefully) Shadow Dragon, #2 Shapeshifter Dragons by Marc Secchia (ebook for review) Chameleon Shapeshifters, uProduct Detailsncontrollable storm powers, and the rise of Sylakia’s Dragon-elite. The battle against evil scales new heights, but the price of victory grows ever dearer.

Once, a Shadow Dragon ravaged the Island-World. Insatiable. Unstoppable. A Dragon-killer. Now the Shadow Dragon has reappeared, on a collision course with Aranya and King Beran’s campaign to liberate the Islands from the scourge of Sylakian tyranny. He is dark, beautiful and deadly, a predator of untold power.

Meantime, Thoralian weaves his web of guile and betrayal right in the hearts of Aranya’s friends and allies. He will bring them to an encounter only he can win.

Incredible aerial battles. An Ancient Dragon bent on enslaving Aranya. The treacherous secrets of Dragon magic. This is the fight for which destiny has shaped a heroine of rare courage–Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Criminal. Shapeshifter Dragon. A woman who will confront evil at any cost. Spite her at your peril.

 

Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

I’d like to start by thanking the author of this book for allowing me to have a copy of this book in return for an honest review, through Bostick Communications.

The book was about a teenage girl called Zoe and her family who live in an affluent area in the States. It sees her going form being part of a close nit loving family to everything falling apart when her older brother Josh is shot by a friend Kirk.

The cover art is lovely and I loved the way the story was written in the form of a diary that was kept by the main character, Zoe. If found the book hard to get into at first due to the subject matter, death,murder & suicide,but the authors writing was so good that it got me through the initial awkwardness and had me engrossed. It is for these reasons that I have given it a 5 star rating.

It was interesting seeing all the things that happen to Zoe from the moment her brother is killed, starting to drink (underage), smoke and smoke weed to name but a few.

The fact that the book was done as though it was exerts from Zoe’s diary made me as the reader feel that I connected with Zoe on so many levels as well as with the rest of her family. It also enabled me to see all her strengths and weaknesses as a person.

All in all I loved this book and think it was a grate debut book so I would recommend it to other people as well as give it as a gift to frends/family members who I think would enjoy it,