Summary from Goodreads:
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 jumped at the chance to get this from netgalley (along with the second novel As White As Snow) because it had been on my list to read and it goes toward the popsugar reading challenge.
However, I did not enjoy this as much as I was hoping. Mainly because of the Snow White aspects of the novel were played down and there was no fantasy at all. It is hard to call this a fairy tale retelling, because the author did not add much of the Snow White story until near the end of the novel. I'm pretty picky when it comes to fairy tale retellings (aka the name). I was not a fan of the writing, much I believe happened when the book was translated into english. Plus I had a hard time connecting with the main character, Lumikki, and the revel of her traumatic past was kind of blah.
I recommend checking this out if you like mob stories, but don't expect any fairy tale parts.
Three Stars Out of Five