Monday, January 23, 2017

Blog Tour // REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES by Natalie C. Anderson

The Girl with the 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 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.
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars
Mystery / Thriller

Mystery/Thriller set in Kenya? Check. 
Diverse Characters? Check. 
Character Development? CHECK!

I'm not sure about you, but the first line of a book is one of the most important parts of a book for me. Aside from the cover, I usually judge how the book is going to go from there. That said, the first line of CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES had me hooked and intrigued. I wanted more.
"If you're going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don't exist."
('Come on. You can't tell me that line doesn't want you to keep reading.)

I loved Tina and her voice. Her character felt real, and made you feel deeply while reading. Her character was very likable, and her strength and courage was contagious. You felt her emotions, and you never second guessed her. Tina's character development throughout the book was phenomenal, and I found myself rooting for her in the first chapter.

While the female heroine who plays by her own rules isn't new in the YA area, the setting of Kenya is quite refreshing and new. I loved how I could imagine the streets of Kenya, and really get a feel of what it could be like. There's nothing better than a book that can transport you into a place where you have never seen before, and this was far from disappointment!

The only thing I deducted from the rating would be the pace of the book. It was slow at times, but I felt it was necessary for the reader to really get a feel for the characters, setting, and plot.

If you're looking for a refreshing YA book that doesn't disappoint, look no further. CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES has everything you could want in a book.

This book hits stores TOMORROW, so make sure you go and pick up a copy at your local bookstore!

a Rafflecopter 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 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 8, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Natalie C. Anderson is a writer and international development professional living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the UN 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 and Thieves. 

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