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City of Saints & Thieves Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

 

The Girl with thcity2e Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arr
ived 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.


My Review:
Sometimes a book comes along that really moves you. That was how I felt with Anderson’s City of Saints and Thieves. Tina was a strong character who wanted justice and the reader followed her through that journey with passion and intense hope that she survived. I truly connected with her. She was strong and determined with such strength and bravery. I just rooted for her all the way.
Having lived on the streets for five years after fleeing the Congo, Tina was part of the Goondas, a street gang led by Mr. Omoko, and not only that, she also had become a master thief. I loved how Anderson put Tina into harrowing situations and you couldn’t put the book down until the outcome was finished.
I loved the setting in Kenya. Not many books take us to that world of where the poor and rich coincide with each other. Even though this was set in a fictional city you still had the real life problems Africa faces. It was a nice changed to have a book delve into that world, a world more readers needed to see. Each character felt real and my emotions played with me for each one of them. Wishing for them a better life and outcome.

Should you read this? Yes! it’s a beautiful exciting story that takes the reader into the heart of Kenya. A wonderful debut by Natalie Anderson.

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About the author:

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Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints & Thieves.

 

 

 


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Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) finished copies of City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie Anderson (ARV: $18.99).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 16, 2017 and 11:59 PM on February 3, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about November 21, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Enter HERE!

Follow the blog tour!

Week One:
1/16 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review
1/17 – Children’s Book Review – Guest Post
1/18 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
1/19 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Interview
1/20 – The Moral of our Stories – Review
Week Two:
1/23 – Oh the Book Feels – Review
1/24 – Bibliophile Gathering –Guest Post
1/25 – A Page with a View – Interview
1/26 – Icey Books – Quote Candy
1/27 – Reading Nook Reviews – Review
Week Three: 
1/30 – Twinning for Books – Review and Pinterest Board
1/31 – Dark Faerie Tales – Interview
2/1 – Reading is Better with Cupcakes – Review
2/2 – ButterMyBooks – Guest Post
2/3 – Folded Pages Distillery – Review
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