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book ✓ City of Saints & Thieves É Natalie C. Anderson Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here The you see the less you knowIn the shadows of Sangui City there lives a girl who does not existTina 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 mai Video review spoiler free writing was fine The characters were good I 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 The reason this is only 3 stars for me is because this is not the style of mystery I enjoy I was intrigued by the summary saying it was a revenge thriller but I didn't feel like that's what I got There is only one suspect there is no tension or suspense and although Tina started out wanting revenge that angle felt dropped pretty early on This was much a story about a girl finding out about her mother's past than a mystery It's just not my preference in terms of a thrillerRape and sexism are very prevalent themes and although they are relevant to the story it was hard to swallow It's not a bad thing for a book to show those themes it didn't romanticize them but they also didn't seem handled with purpose beyond 'this is just how the world is' Does it need a purpose? That's up to the reader but for me personally this did lower my enjoyment because I was not aware of how prevalent they would be Other readers might find it impactful than I didI did really enjoy the characters of Tina Boyboy and Michael As far as representation most of the characters are black and a couple are biracial blackwhite one side character is gay and it features a main character who is homeless I would recommend this if you are looking for a book set in Africa Kenya and Congo and has a strong lead character trying to understand her roots

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City of Saints & Thieves kindle ✓ Hardcover ↠ Librarian's note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book here The you see the less you knowIn the shadows of Sangui City there lives a girl who does not existTina and her mother first arrived in Kenya as refugees from Congo desperately searching for a D 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 triggerWith revenge on her mind 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 “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” I had two days off of work for the inauguration and I intended to spend them both reading my way into distraction but I ended up mostly just lying on the couch unable to focus on much of anything except Esuire’s Parks and Rec marathon After spending Saturday marching on the National Mall I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book about a kickass young woman who gets to be the hero of her own story What’s I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book that highlights atrocities in a part of the world that’s often forgotten about Loosely based on real stories this book is about Tina who was brought to Kenya from the DRC as a refugee when she was very young Her mother procured a job with the prominent American businessman Roland Greyhill Greyhill fathered Tina’s half sister and Tina knows that he was involved in some illegal business in Congo so she naturally suspects him when her mother is murdered when Tina is just 12After her mother’s death Tina runs away from the Greyhill estate She sets her sister up at a convent school and spends four years becoming a master thief with a street gang known as the Goondas essentially training for the day that she can exact revenge on the Greyhills But when that day finally arrives Tina is jolted by the realization that the circumstances of her mother’s death aren’t as black and white as she’d long believed Though she gets some help along the way Tina will stop at nothing in her uest to unearth her family's history and avenge her mother's death This book has a similar flavor as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a young woman bent on revenge using the knowledge of hackers to advance her cause but the violence is less intense easier to stomach And it manages to shine a light on the blood gold industry of central Africa We are probably all familiar with the concept of “blood diamonds” thanks to the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio but Anderson shows us the horrifying human rights violations committed by the militias seeking control of the gold trade in places like Congo and the Central African Republic Ostensibly meant for an older YA audience this book ought to appeal to adult readers as well It’s a thriller with believable unpredictable twists and compelling fully realized characters Natalie Anderson has done an excellent job building a story that kept me at the edge of my seat Seriously this book comes in at around 400 pages and I managed to devour it in just under 30 hours I highly highly recommend it

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City of Saints & ThievesFinally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate giving a long awaited chance for vengeance But once Tina returns to the lavish home she’s overcome by memories of her painful past and 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 harrowing secrets from Tina’s past that will change everything i just picked this book up in my local bookstore and THAT COVER 😍 i'm so tempted to buy it just because it's so beautiful but my wallet is crying right now