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As White as Snow

(Lumikki Andersson #2)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,888 ratings  ·  354 reviews
The heat of the summer sun bakes the streets of Prague, but Lumikki’s heart is frozen solid.

Looking to escape the notoriety caused by the part she played in taking down Polar Bear’s crime ring, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson escapes to Prague, where she hopes to find a few weeks of peace among the hordes of tourists. But not long after arriving, she’s cornered by a s
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Skyscape (first published January 1st 2013)
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Bookbringer Yes. Even though it's a sequel it does not follow the plot line that the first novel had, so it shouldn't be a problem to read it without having read …moreYes. Even though it's a sequel it does not follow the plot line that the first novel had, so it shouldn't be a problem to read it without having read the first book.(less)

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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I recently read and reviewed the first of these books, As Red As Blood (click HERE to read that one!) and read the second one last week but didn’t get my review done until now! I totally jinxed myself saying I was ahead with my posts last week 😂

Anyway, I digress as usual…

As White As Snow starts with Lumikki enjoying the sights and sounds of Prague. Away from the events of the previous months, she is enjoying her freedom and exploring the city. But as we’re starting to learn, life is never that s
Crina (Reading Addict)
This was even shorter than the first book and it's not like I dislike short books, but I had the expression that sometimes things were rushed, especially the second half of the novel and the ending. Also, in my opinion the plot was a bit simplified compared with the first novel.

I don't wanna say that I disliked this one, because I enjoyed it and it was fast paced, easy to read and intriguing, but for me, being so short it cut from my enjoyment. And as I said the second half seemed rushed and som
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked book 1 in the series, but this one I loved.

Lumikki is a more complex and developed character and the author starts to give us more information about her, something I found missing in book 1. The description of her love story is one of the saddest things I've read. I know this is a fictional character in a book, but I hope she and her lover get together in Book 3.

In vacation in Prague, trying to relax and forget all the events we read of in the first part of the series, Lumikki is approac
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
3.5 stars
Interesting read. Better than the first one...
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ibooks
3.5 stars
Again I liked the story, especially the intrigue and the mystery involving Lenka. Unfortunately we only get little hints as to Lumikki’s past. However, Lumikki again spends most of her time running away from men that want to kill her, even hurts her thigh again (and how in the world did her pursuer know where to find her???), and again a 17 year old girl with no training whatsoever outsmarts them all. I know it’s fiction and I do like action but even in fiction you can have too much of
Donna Maguire
I really enjoyed this book, it is the second in the trilogy. It was well written and I enjoyed catching up with the main character, she is now in Prague and her plans for a relaxing city break go somewhat off plan when she meets Lenka, I don't want to say more and be a spoiler but this book is just as good as the first and can equally be read as a stand alone with no issues. I can't wait to read the final installment. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley from the publishers in exchange f ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My favourite kick-ass heroine Lumikki is back for round two. The book starts off a few months after the last book finished while Lumikki is in Prague trying to forget it all. Whilst she promises herself that she will never again stick her nose into other peoples business, she just can't help herself! Fast paced and easy to follow this book is just as good as the first one, and also gives you more insight into Lumikki's past. I very much enjoyed this one and when it
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I have to admit that these books are very fun to read. I think that they are good mysteries and are very engaging. Due to them being really short and the audiobooks also being quite short, they can be read in a couple of days or hours.

I really liked the characters that were introduced in the book and the whole mystery surrounding the cult and Lumikki's sister. I found that although the cult idea was quite a cliche, in that it matches a lot of other ideas of real-life cults, I w
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-books
Hmm. Not sure on this.

As White as Snow continues to follow Lumikki, our teenage protagonist who just wants to keep her head down and not get involved in any drama, and in this one book, just wants to explore the sights of Prague in peace. One day, a young woman approaches Lumikki and drops the bombshell that she is Lumikki's half-sister and that they have the same father. But something seems off about this young woman (Lenka). Soon, Lumikki finds herself swept up in a religious cult, and is once
Liekki seems interesting, although this long-lasting feelings are creepy. I like the sister mystery, though.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I want to say thank you to Amazon Publishing and Netgalley for letting me read this book. We still have the same old problems from the first book. The main character is so bland. Its like she doesn't have any feelings about anything really. I found this book really hard to get through. I don't know why I think it was because I didn't connect with the character. Not to mention there was a lot of confusing parts. I was hoping maybe this book would become better or maybe the character will develop. ...more
Elīna Zviedre
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
So this is the first book I rated with one star. Why? Well it just wasn't good obviously.
It's about 200p long. What kind of good mystery can you fit in 200p? A very horrible one.
There is only one word for the writing- lazy. Conversations abruptly started, abruptly ended. Scenes that were not that important stretched beyond reason.
The main character appeared stupid and naive, however, somewhere in the middle I just started to blame that on the author.
The intended plot about the religiou
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Once upon a time, there was a girl with a secret.
Once upon a time, there were two girls with secrets they didn't tell each other.
They were from the same family, a family of secrets."

Another fun twisted mystery story about Lumikki. Silly Lumikki thought she'd got to Prague on a vacation. Of course, Lumikki can't vacation - because no matter what, trouble will find her. This time, in the form of a long lost sister, Lumikki must try to dodge her way through the truth and the lies to try to save a
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the translated version of this book that will be coming out at the end of March.

I was so excited that I had this one on my Kindle so I could continue the story of Lumikki. Sadly, while a good read it just wasn't as good as the first one in this series. It was still good, but this one was just a tad unbelievable for me. I did enjoy it, but gave it a 1/2 star less (3 1/2 stars). I am still looking forward to reading the third in the series which I hope gets translated soon.

Good YA book wo
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book even more than the first part - As Red as Blood. More action, intrigue, uanswered questions... Even though I was a little bothered by Lumikki's past love life, as it was strange for me, as a straight girl, to read about lesbians, the book was still really good. Perfect when you want a light detective. ...more
Ivi Oltovska
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved it very nice written 5 stars
Stephanie Jane
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

Contrary to the statement on this book's cover, I think fans of Nesbo and Larssen would be disappointed in As White As Snow because this novel is very much a young adult version of the Nordic crime thriller. That aside though, I did enjoy reading this book. It has a good sense of pace - slow to start with lots of detail, then speeding up to positively breathtaking by the end. Simukka does a great job of evoking her Prague city setting as well
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A summer vacation alone in Prague is meant to take Lumikki's mind off the events of the winter as well as the lost love she can't forget. It doesn't take long, however, until she once again gets mixed up in something strange: A skittish young woman approaches her and claims to be her sister. While still trying to discern whether there's any truth to that unexpected claim, Lumikki learns that Lenka, her supposed sister, is part of a cult that appears to be planning something sinister. With the he ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Snow White trilogy is one of the most underrated ones and I don't understand why nobody talks about it.
Personally, I really enjoyed these books because at the time, it was unlike anything I've read. The plot was quite original, combining crime and young adult fiction.
I also liked the main character very much, because she was just a normal teenager, who wanted to live her life without getting involved in other people's affairs, but also happened to be in the wrong place, the wrong time.
I reco
Ketutar Jensen
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book about Lumikki Andersson (Snow-white)
She goes to Prague for a vacation, and - of course - is caught in the middle of trouble.
This time there's a girl in a suicide cult(view spoiler)

There is some sexy stuff there, so that you know if that kind of things bother you. GLBTQA+ representation. Trigger warni
The second book was as perfect as the first one! What I particularly enjoyed though was the fact that we get to explore the protagonist's past as she talks about her family and her relationships. ...more
I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

As White as Snow
by Salla Simukka picks up a few months after the end of book one. Lumikki is on vacation in Prague, clearing her mind of all that happened to her and her friends when they tangled with Polar Bear. With only a few days left in her vacation, an older young woman approaches her claiming to be her sister. Confused and a little unt
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After receiving As White as Snow from Gyldendal, I took one look at it and then completely forgot about it for months. I was going to read it, eventually, I just didn't know when. I kind of judged it for being written by a Finnish writer, and didn't even read and process the blurb enough to see that it in fact took place in Prague and not Finland.* It probably sounds like I'm against Finland, but I'm really not. Honestly, I just don't know anything about it, despite it being one of my neighbouri ...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
'As White As Snow' has been translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman. It is the second book in the series about Lumikki Anderson and is set in Prague during the summer. After the events of the previous book, Lumikki is trying to find freedom and solitude, but she finds her plans interrupted when she is drawn into a dangerous situation involving a woman claiming to be her long-lost sister.

This was a fabulously thrilling read! I'm a huge fan of these books and although I didn't think this
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trying To Escape

This series must be read in order. The first book is As Red As Blood. This is the second book.

After all the drama of busting up Polar Bear's crime ring and her parents' regression to over protectiveness Lumikki's had enough! She decides to make a quick getaway and vacation in Prague... Taking only the clothes that would fit in her backpack and booking into a cheap hostel for the duration. She is finally AWAY... No one knows her or any of her stories... She can just relax and pla
Soobie's scared
This was a 2,5 stars rounded up actually.

First of all. I read the first one in its Italian translation last July. Then I couldn't find any news about the second book and I decided to buy the English translation. I could have gone with German or Dutch or maybe try my first book in French but in the end I chose the English one. Easier to read... :-)

In this second book of Lumikki's trilogy we're not in Finland anymore. Thanks to some money that her friend Elisa she could afford a trip to Prague. Sh
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, ya
This book follows As Red as Blood, but other than having the same main character there is nothing similar plot wise in the books. In this book the main character gets involved with a girl in a cult. While the translation was much less distracting in this book, the writing was still not very strong. There were way too many coincidences and dreams that foreshadowed... well nothing really. As in the first book there are hints of all of these dark things surrounding the main character and her family ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-thrillers
I prefer As Red As Blood, but this was alright. It is a lot better than other young adult books out there. The mystery/thriller bit this time felt as if it was pretty half-baked; Simukka does not paint the Czech cult that has ensnared Lumikki's possible sister in to be a scary one, or one that seemed to be well constructed at all. Simukka failed with the details of the cult, making them as wishy-washy as possible. While the mystery element flopped, I liked how this book gave more insight into wh ...more
Vampress Bathory
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must say that this was more of a 4.5 Stars, actually make that a 4 stars, but gave it 5 because I love the heroine so much and the first book in the series was extremely good.
After the gorgeousness of the first book in the series, I was expecting even more from this second one. Like an even more complicated and twisted plot. While the first book was intense and gripping, As White As Snow was really light. It actually felt like a book for teenagers. Now Lumikki didn't feel like a teenager Lisb
Juletta Gilge
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
DNF @20%. I couldn't do it. I tried multiple times to finish it, but it was just as bad as the first one. The main character was too boring to be able to follow.

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I wouldn't have requested this one had I read the first one before...but no I requested them at the same time.

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EN: Salla Simukka is Finnish writer and translator who lives in Tampere. She has studied Nordic philology, Finnish language, general literature, creative writing and women's studies at the University of Turku.

Besides books, Simukka writes book reviews for the newspapers Helsinkin Sanomat and Hämeen Sanomat.

FI: Salla Simukka on Tampereella asuva suomalainen kirjailija ja suomentaja. Hän on opiskell

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“Longing was a feeling that was hard to live with. It didn’t ask permission. It didn’t pay attention to time or place. It was overwhelming and demanding, grasping and selfish. It clouded thoughts or made them too bright, too sharp. Longing demanded unconditional surrender. Lumikki tried to fight it and failed. She didn’t want to long and yet she longed. She didn’t want to remember, and yet her dreams and her body remembered, reminding her constantly.
The longing was physical. It was dizziness. It was a seizing in her belly. It was the need to wrap her arms around herself alone in bed when there was no one else to do it for her. She felt the longing in her fingertips that yearned to stroke, to touch, to caress. The longing made her fingers restless, fiddling with the zipper of her jacket, the strings in her hoodie, fidgeting with whatever little thing happened to her hand. The longing made her teeth bite into her lower lip, leaving it chipped and almost bleeding. She knew she was being stupid. She knew her longing was pointless.”
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