A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

Into the Wild

Read A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars Online Free - Fourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest was an African bamboo flute, a drum and a dagger inlaid with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose, leader of a nomadic group of misfits and gypsies. They travel around contemporary southern Europe, living off-grid and performing circus tricks for money. Sante grows up alongside two twins, knife-thrower Cat and snake-charmer Cobra, whom she is in love with. During a performance in Cadiz, Sante recognises two men from her dream. They come after her to retrieve the treasures from the sea chest. Sante finds out that she is an Ashanti princess, whose parents probably perished in the shipwreck. After Cat rescues a beautiful red-haired girl called Scarlett from a gang, Mama Rose’s band are forced to flee the city. But Sante and Cobra stay behind, determined to find out more about her family and where she came from.

Title : A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
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ISBN : 1786695480
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 278 pages


Emer rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 14, 2017

First things first, can we talk about that cover??? It gives me life with its beauty!! Simply gorgeous. I really wanted to love this book. The premise sounds so good and the potential is all there. A book exploring the status of refugees, exploring the ugly depths of human trafficking... Fantasti...

Nina (Every Word A Doorway) rated it ★★★☆☆

July 11, 2017

3.5 stars This was my 400th rating on Goodreads, so yay. I had heard little to nothing about A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars prior to requesting it on NetGalley. I've been trying to expand my reading of literature by authors of cultures foreign to my own and the book's premise spoke to me, so I was more...

Katie rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 23, 2017

I found this book to be highly confusing. It was too short to do what it set out to achieve, namely combining magical realism and Sante's story with the story of the circus and establishing characters and settings. The aspect I enjoyed most was Sante as a character and the story of her parents an...

Aoife rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

I received a free copy of this book from Head of Zeus/Zephry in exchange for an honest review. Full video review to come. Sante Williams is part of a travelling circus family led by Mama Rose who found Sante as a baby, washed ashore in a trunk full of jewels and other strange objects. Now 14 years...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is a beautiful book inside and out, I mean have you even seen that cover? Talk about stunning! Luckily the story matches up to it or I'd have been really disappointed. This is the story of fourteen year old Sante, a young girl who was adopted into a travelling family ci...

Sinead rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 10, 2017

Check out my book blog for more book reviews and other bookish posts! I received an ARC of A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars from Netgalley. I had chosen to read it because the cover was so beautiful and I really loved the blurb, it sounded incredibly promising. It's #ownvoices for Ghanian representation....

Megan rated it ★★★★☆

October 22, 2017

Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Fourteen-year-old Sante doesn’t know where she comes from and is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. The only clue she has is a recurring dream where she is escaping a shipwreck in a chest as...

Louise rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 02, 2017

I had high hopes for A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars. The cover is so bright and stunning, and the plot summary hints at so many interesting things inside. Unfortunately, the book itself was a bit of a disappointment and I found myself skim-reading quite a few times. Badoe has a unique writing style, w...

Lily rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 12, 2017

2.5 stars [review to come]

dessie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2017

Review also posted on Samodiva Reads I received a free copy from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fourteen-year-old Sante is haunted by a past she doesn’t remember. A recurring dream shows her a shipwreck which Sante, as a baby, survived, hidden in a treasure chest....

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