City of Saints & Thieves : Book Review

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City of Saints & Thieves
Title: City of Saints & Thieves
Published: 1/24/2017
Page Count: 432
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Format: Hardcover
Librarian's note: There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here. The more you see, the less you know. In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who does not exist. Tina and her mother first arrived in Kenya as refugees from Congo desperately searching for a better life. Trading the peril of their besieged village for the busy metropolis of Sangui, they can barely believe their luck when…

the more you see,the less you know.......

 

 Natalie c Anderson the author of this book took us to our land, a Kenyan setting not stating  between which years, but it's such a thrill when you read a mention of biashara street and you know where exactly it is {haha we know we could be petty}

why we picked it

thanks to the book club we are getting books to review, curiosity too since we always judge the book by the title  we wondered what was the city of saints and thieves all about

what  we expected:

there is nothing we expected in this read you let the read get to you that's how mysterious this book is

also, we felt that Natalie covered more than we expected

what we liked about it

as  we mentioned the book is a nail-biting thriller  and mystery also the fact that this book gets you carried away  especially where the author takes us to Tina's flashback we were caught up in the sad moments the suffering Tina  went through with her mom when they fleed from Congo

another thing the author gives  rules how a typical thief should have to survive what rule captured us was ''if you are going to be a thief, the first thing you need know is you should not exist''

the story is about a revenge story and part murder mystery. The writing was amazing. The characters were good. We appreciated that the author seemed to have done a lot of research, having worked with refugees in Kenya and that she included information in the author's note about which parts were fictionalized and which were not, as well as including a list of resources for you to learn more.

 

 

what we disliked

we really didn't dislike the read, but something off about Tina and Micheal were to be a thing, yes they were not related but they were like family.

why you should read it

we'll be honest: city of saints and thieves has a lot going for it, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, it's your average YA novel with a healthy splash of diversity thrown in.

it's set in Kenya, so, of course, just about every character is a POC. it's good to see this kind of representation being displayed a lot more and for a cast majority to be black rather than white.

The author gives the reader rules that you must follow to become a successful street thief throughout the story. We personally found they gave the story an educational touch and were used as a time off from the intense plot.

favorite quotes;

“People are complicated creatures, my dear. The ways they find of explaining the bad things that happen in the world are not always the right ones. Sometimes they are simply the easy ones. They are the ones that give them enough comfort to sleep at night, the ones that let them take the blame off themselves.”

 

“People don't look for revenge to make them happy. They do it because they must.”

 

 

  Question: What is worth more than diamonds and gold? What is the most stable currency? What thing, when stolen,       becomes most dangerous and precious of all?Answer: a secret.

 

                                      SYNOPSIS
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who does not exist.
Tina and her mother first arrived in Kenya as refugees from Congo desperately searching for a better life. Trading the peril of their besieged village for the busy metropolis of Sangui, they can barely believe their luck when Tina’s mother finds work as a maid for the Greyhills, one of the city’s most illustrious families. But there’s a dark secret lurking behind the family’s immense fortune, and when Tina discovers her mother shot dead in Mr. Greyhill’s private study, she knows he pulled the trigger.
 Tina spends the next four years surviving the streets on her own, working as a master thief with the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job with the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving a long-awaited chance for vengeance. But once the girl who does not exist is caught red-handed, setting into motion a breathless and dangerous cascade of events that will expose not only the truth behind who killed Tina’s mother but even more harrowing secrets from Tina’s past that will change everything.
OUR RATING: 3.9

   authors bio

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 Natalie C Anderson is an American writer and international development professional based in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband. You can also sometimes find her in the mountains of North Carolina or Nairobi, Kenya. She's spent the last decade working NGOs and the UN on refugee issues around the world, mainly Africa.Natalie was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children's Writer-in-Residence. She is represented by Faye Bender, of The Book Group.
Her debut YA novel, CITY OF SAINTS AND THIEVES published in January 2017 with G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. haha out of curiosity who is the saint and who is the thief in the book

    • enos,fifi Reply

      we strongly believe Tina ,her mom,boyboy and Micheal are the saints they saved the day after all haha mr.omoko is the pathetic thief

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