Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Title: City of Saints & Thieves 
Author: Natalie C. Anderson 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 
Source: Publisher 
Published: January 24th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

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City of Saints & Thieves is a completely different kind of read from what I'm used to  but a teenage thief hellbent on avenging her mother's death, set in the depths of Kenya? Color me intrigued. Tina is exactly what I had hoped she would be; she is fierce and determined and every bit the perfect heroine. She's a likable main character, one I was in awe of from the beginning. With such rich detail and vivid descriptions, it was easy to see myself in her shoes and connect with her; her story and her mission became my own, and I was both eager and anxious for her to finally uncover the answers she deserved. Tina is joined by several other brilliantly written characters, including Boyboy and Michael, who quickly found a place in my heart alongside their spirited counterpart. The only drawback for me was the pacing; the first half of the book felt a bit drawn-out, but once certain things transpired, the rest of the story unfolded at top speed, full of exhilarating twists and reveals. I suspected some things along the way, but one unbelievable reveal left me floored and wondering how I could have overlooked something so significant. All in all, City of Saints & Thieves was a beautifully written, captivating story of a young girl's strength and the lengths she will go to discover the truth about her family. Highly recommend this one for lovers of action and suspense and strong female leads.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a thrilling read. I am glad that it got so much better after the first part. I am curious though if the unbelievable twist was too much.

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    1. It definitely was! To be honest, I think the twist is what saved it for me; it was just the right amount of unbelievable ;-) *hugs* <3

      ~Mckenzie

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  2. I love me some kickbutt heroines so you know I'm intrigued by this one. Awesome review Mckenzie!!!

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    1. I think you would definitely enjoy this one!! Thank you so much *hugs* <3

      ~Mckenzie

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  3. City of Saints & Thieves sounds like a great read. I was intrigued by the description and your review made me really want to pick it up. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Jess! I really think you'd like this one! :-)

      ~Mckenzie

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