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


Title: City of Saints & Thieves

Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Release Date: January 24th 2017

Format: Arc

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers & Penguin Random House

Page Count : 432

Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller, culture

Reviewer : Taylor


Synopsis Via 

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.

Thank you to Penguin Group. I had not heard of this book until it showed up on my doorstep but let me tell you how blessed I feel that I received it! Natalie C. Anderson has done a spectacular job on her debut novel.  I was hooked from page one!


Tiny girl is the most bad ass character I have read in a long time. She The story is centered around her being hell bent on her revenge plan Dirt. Money. Blood. She is a master thief in the goondas gang being a part of them is part of her plan. Now this isn’t one of those books that tell you she is a master thief but never show you. Tiny girl goes as far as dislocating limbs to get her jobs done!

I loved every character even the badies! Michael was swoon worthy that is all! Boyboy was FANTASTIC I loved him his attitude and his banter with tiny girl. There is scene where he is talking about a designer bag that had me laughing so much.

The plot had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I felt like we learned so much about all the characters that while the plot remained the same it also kept changing in ways that we could not see until the end. I had to drop the book occasionally in shock.

THE WORLD BUILDING! I cannot stress enough how real this felt to me. It did not matter if she was describing a room, the woods, a car, a person, everything was vibrant.

So much happens in this story that anything specific may spoil so I am going to end with City of Saints & Thieves is the best book I have read this year and one of the best books I have ever read! There was not bad part about this. PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR! You won’t be sorry

EASIEST 5 stars I will ever give. 


  Favorite quote

“we hardly ever get to choose where our souls find their home.”

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