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City of Saints & Thieves: Book Review

City of Saints & Thieves: Book Review

TITLE: City of Saints & Thieves

Author:  Natalie C. Anderson

Published January 24th 2017

RATING: ★★★★½

4.5 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 432

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Series? No

MY REVIEW OF City of Saints & Thieves:

The City of Saints & Thieves was a thrilling read. It was like no other book that I have ever read before. It has the feel of a fantasy, but had no magic and the story is set in Africa. What I found most interesting was that the certain parts of the story was true and other parts were entirely fictional.

To sum it up, this book is set in Kenya, with street gangs, a murder mystery, secrets and a teeny tiny bit of romance all wrapped up into one.

From page one I was wrapped up in the story. I flew through this book, and at the same time didn’t want it to end. I LOVED the writing style. The little details, and the bigger picture all made this book a great story to read.

The main character Christina, Tina, Tiny is such a great character. She has her flaws, her doubts, has emotions, and makes you want to root for her throughout the story to find out what happened to her mom. I loved the back story, and how we are told that her mother is a refugee.

The secondary cast of characters was also part of the reason that I liked this book so much. Michael, BoyBoy, Kiki, Catherine, Ketchup and BugEye, I mean just their names are cool!

Guys, this book was just so great!

I highly, highly reccomend this book to any who enjoys reading YA mystery, contemporary, thriller. And if you just enjoy a good book, that will sweep you off your feet from page one, then this book is for you!

If you haven’t read this book yet, do yourself a favor and go buy it, or pick it up from the library. You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for sending me a finished copy of this book!

Thanks for reading this book review!


Sarah June


*I was sent a finished copy of City of Saints & Thieves in exchange for an honest review. Being sent this book did not in any way change my opinion. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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