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Because It Is My Blood
Title : Because It Is My Blood
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ISBN : 0374380740
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 350

“Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The GodfatherFreed from jail, Anya hopes that things will get back to normal. But life on the outside is even more dangerous than life behind bars. Some of her gangland family want revenge for the crime for which she has done time: the shooting of her uncle. Forced to flee the country, Anya hides out in“Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The GodfatherFreed from jail, Anya hopes that things will get back to normal. But life on the outside is even more dangerous than life behind bars. Some of her gangland family want revenge for the crime for which she has done time: the shooting of her uncle. Forced to flee the country, Anya hides out in a cacao plantation in Mexico. There she learns the secrets of the chocolate trade, a trade that is illegal and deadly in her native New York. There too she discovers that seemingly random acts of violence carried out across the world have a single target: her family. As innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire Anya must act fast and decisively to stop it, no matter what the danger to herself.


Because It Is My Blood Reviews

  • Reynje

    Because It Is My Blood takes its name from a twist on a line from the Stephen Crane poem, In The Desert, which is also the epigraph to the novel.In the desertI saw a creature, naked, bestial,Who, squatting upon the ground,Held his heart in his hands,And ate of it.I said, "Is it good, friend?""It is bitter-bitter," he answered;"But I like it"Because it is bitter,"And because it is my heart."It's an almost perfect fit for the second book in Gabrielle Zevin's birthright trilogy, although the full e [...]

  • Megan

    The mafia, chocolate, the near future, the pseudo-end of life as we know it. All these things were what drew me to ALL THESE THINGS I’VE DONE, book one in the Birthright Trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin. In the end, ATTID ended up being one of my top twenty books of 2011 for its well-crafted blend of family drama, romance, action, and chocolate. By the time BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD rolled around, I admit, I had forgotten some of the intricacies of book one (some important details from book one are not [...]

  • Roxy

    It's a little odd that the cover shows a girl with such straight hair when we're told more than once that Anya's got frizzy curly hair Just sayin'.

  • Misty

    INITIALLY:4.5 Maybe even a 5. And I couldn't even tell you whyThough of course, when I get around to reviewing it, I'm certainly going to try. ;DI ended up rounding up after consideration. Growth, my friends. Still can't quite put it all into something coherent, but I connect to Anya a lot for some reason.Review to come closer to the release. :)AND THEN:After being told about Gabrielle Zevin for years (after having her relentlessly pushed on me by certain people, and 1 in particular, who shall r [...]

  • Gabrielle

    Looking at the synopsis it appears Win has a new girlfriend. I don't like that but I will see where this book leads.After reading:I like how the story progressed. Some of the things Anya had to go through were unfair but she made it work. Her trip to learn about cacao was a nice addition. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the story.

  • Shaylee

    This is going to be a long review, so if you want my overall consensus, skip the the very end.Lately, I've been growing a little tired of the current young adult books. While this book is not the kind of book that will become a classic ( in my opinion, I would probably have rated this book four and a half stars, maybe even a four if it was for Anya's entertaining character), it's not some typical dystopian or vampire book. The ideas in the book seem realistic enough to me. Where you might read a [...]

  • Vivian

    Book two in the Birthright series, Because It Is My Blood introduces a host of new characters and new intrigues in Anya Balanchine's life. Leo, Anya's older brother, has been safely hidden in Japan, with the help of Yuji Ono. Nataliya, or Nattie, has been sent to a summer camp for gifted children and returns a young woman. Scarlet, Anya's best friend is in a relationship with Gable, much to Anya's dismay. Anya, Leo, and Nattie are still grieving the death of their grandmother Galina. Anya realiz [...]

  • Miss

    Gabrielle Zevin is master troll. It's like she read everything I wrote about the first book and deliberately structured this one to mess with me. Did you say you were hoping for Anya/Yuki Ono? Here you go! It's TERRIBLE. :DDDDDD Also I heard some whispers from you about wanting to see Anya grow into her own power as a mob boss. You can have exactly that with the end result of her sticking to her scruples and finding a way to legally sell chocolate outside the family business. You're welcome!I sh [...]

  • La La

    I will be reviewing this trilogy as a whole on my blog soon. The first two books I read pre-blogging, and I have a huge list of those early YA books which need to be reviewed. Thank goodness I read mostly series and I can review those early (most of the time library borrowed books) in groupings. I loved this trilogy so much I bought them in hardcover for my shelves! I first found out about this trilogy in a book club on a Harry Potter social site I belonged too. We affectionately called them the [...]

  • Abby Spicer

    Because It Is My Blood ,written by Gabrielle Zevin, is the second book in a series of three. This book has a lot of action and keeps you on your toes. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character, Anya, along with her insanely weird family and friends. This book really intrigued me due to the cover of it actually giving a picture of what the author wants Anya to look like. This helped develop my idea of what all the characters look like.This day in age, I feel like a lot of girls could re [...]

  • usagi ☆ミ

    4.5/5 stars.I'll start off the review by saying that I love this world, these characters, and this series. I really hope this isn't the last book within it. "Because It Is My Blood" is not for the dystopian crowd that demands constant action and ridiculous love triangles, but instead, I'd say it's a quieter, sneakier, and more thoughtful book than many of the YA dystopian books out there at the moment. This one will sneak up on you when you least expect it and hit you right in the feels. There w [...]

  • Emily

    I liked this more than the first book in the Birthright trilogy. It took me a long time to get on board with a future in which chocolate and caffeine are outlawed because it made no sense to me, especially since alcohol isn't against the law in this imagined future. I'm still not sure the pieces of this dystopian future fit perfectly together, but I like Anya's voice and her story enough, plus many of the supporting characters, that I can shrug through the discordant bits. And she did explain th [...]

  • Erica

    This book, it did not make me happy. In fact, it did the opposite - it made me mad. Also, irritated.(view spoiler)[If I heard right, though, Anya only has two years left to live so at least there will be an end. Hopefully. (hide spoiler)]I did enjoy the time in Mexico, specifically, the cacao. I would have liked more of that. Yet, I grew to hate the stupid machete so maybe less of Mexico would have been better? Man, that macheteh.I continue to wonder about the purpose of Mouse. She's going to ha [...]

  • Gaby

    I worry sometimes that I'm too enthusiastic about the books I review. There are some books that I skim over and am not that fond of - I often opt not to review them as I'd much prefer to spread the word about books that I believe give a good return on the time spent. I've been told that I should write a bit more about these books, if only to show that I am able to discern the good from the bad.But this time, yet again, I have to enthusiastically recommend the second book in the Balachine novels, [...]

  • Booknut

    Some people's family problems come from money, power struggles, history. Anya's come from chocolate.Anya Balanchine's family's involvement in chocolate goes way back. But in a dystopian world where chocolate is an illegal substance, her family name is drenched in infamy. Anya is determined to have a chocolate-free future, to be a model citizen and avoid the conflicts of the year behind her. But like any chocolate lover knows, sooner or later you're back for more. And with Anya, it's in her blood [...]

  • Valentina

    What a disappointing sequel this book was. Although the first book had been far from perfect, it still kept me interested, while this one…not so much.The main problem seems to be how contrived the storyline feels. If it were a marionette show, you’d see the strings being pulled. Everything is too coincidental. The trip to Mexico Anya suddenly takes makes little, if any sense, and the reader can see it was written mainly to get her to the next point in the story. It’s not fun reading books [...]

  • Marcia

    Het vervolg op All These Things I've Done heeft gelukkig veel meer actie dan haar voorganger. Bovendien vind ik dat ons hoofdpersonage Anya in Because It Is My Blood veel persoonlijke groei doormaakt; ze leert zichzelf en de wereld om zich heen steeds beter kennen. Het veelbelovende einde maakt me bovendien enorm nieuwsgierig naar het laatste boek in deze serieMijn complete recensie vind je op Oog op de Toekomst.

  • Anna

    Like why is chocolate banned in the first place? Unhealthy reasons or conspiracy theories? I don't even think the author knows.People die, Anya goes to Mexico, she and Win get back together then breakup then reunite then split up. The twist in the book is really confusing. Too many people are involved. God bless the final book for being way shorter!

  • Lauren

    I loved "All These Things I've Done", so I was thrilled with the second installment in the "Birthright" trilogy! Anya really comes into her own in this book, accepting her family's history and embracing her dangerous inheritance. Teens and adults should check out this addictive series!

  • Mancho283

    3.5 เล่มนี้สนุกขึ้นจากเล่มที่แล้ว(จริงๆเล่มแรกก็สนุกดีนะ มีความน่าติดตามแต่เราให้ดาวน้อยเพราะรู้สึกว่าเนื้อเรื่องมันไม่ไปไหนสักที) เนื้อเรื่องเข้มข้นขึ้น

  • Stefanie Hasse hisandherbooks.de

    Zitat:„Von Kipling & Sons hatte man einen Blick auf den Madison Square Park. Nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit trieben sich dort die Schokoladendealer herum. Als ich klein war, hatte mein Vater mich dorthin mitgenommen. […] Damals hatte ich auf der Welt nichts lieber gemocht als Schokolade, es war die Zeit, bevor sie mein Leben zerstörte und mir alle nahm, die ich liebte.“(S. 77)Inhalt:Nur ein kurzer Moment Unachtsamkeit nach ihrer Rückkehr aus der Liberty Erziehungsanstalt. Nach einem en [...]

  • Mitchii

    I went back to a time where chocolates are illegal and there’s a yummy mafioso I can’t wait to read more about. Because It Is My Blood is the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done and I must say one of my highly anticipated books of the year. Though I didn’t give it a full mark that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it nor it didn’t live up to my expectations (because it did!). Me little self is just a bit frustrated that I didn’t know what happened (or how he was characterized here) to [...]

  • Sakina

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It is good at many places, but there were a few times where Anya's decisions got on my nerves. Especially her habit of holding grudges. But keep that aside, the book is really good. This book is not as fast-paced as the first one, which gives the reader a better understanding of things and the writing doesn't seem rushed.Anya. I liked her and was at some points irritated by her. She is a head-strong protagonist and actually takes actions rather than some of [...]

  • Emma

    **As the second in a series, this book (and the review) may contain spoilers for All These Things I've Done. You have been warned.**Anya Balanchine knows firsthand that being the presumptive heir to an illegal chocolate empire comes with its fair share of complications. After a turbulent year filled with futile attempts to move beyond her criminal reputation and date a truly ill-advised boy--all while caring for her brother and sister--Anya is hoping that the start of autumn and her release from [...]

  • Elizabeth

    Anya's time in Mexico is easily my favourite part of the entire series. It's not just because Central and South America are dear to me and I loved reading a book in that setting, or that it was fantastic seeing Anya learn the ins and outs of cacao, it can also be greatly attributed to Theo. Theo is a very fun, easy-going character, but there is so much more to him than meets the eye. While he acts silly and playful all the time, he's also incredibly smart. He picked up on all sorts of clues as t [...]

  • Sinéad Mannion

    If someone told me there is this book reminiscent of The Godfather but in young adult genre where chocolate and coffee are banned in a dystopian future…I’d have to say no thanks.But it works; I loved the first instalment of Gabrielle Zevin Birthright series – All the things I’ve Done. Despite the silly premise of a future with no chocolate or coffee, the world Zevin created for Anya Balanchine a 17 year old from a New York maffia family is completely believable.I was very excited to see [...]

  • Sara

    4.5 stars. It's been nearly two years since I read the first book in this trilogy, so I didn't remember it in detail, but this follow up did a nice job of filling in the blanks and making me remember why I liked the original book in the first place. This book begins with Anya's release from Liberty, a detention facility where she's been held due to her underworld connections (her family is the head of an illegal chocolate empire) and shady behavior. After her release, she flees the country to Me [...]

  • Shelley

    *Genre* Young Adult*Rating* 3.0*Review*After being sent to Liberty Children’s Home in “All These Things I’ve Done,” 17 year old Anya Balanchine is now up for release. But, that's not the biggest problem or issue she has to deal with in this, the second installment of Birthright. She knows that her school doesn't want her back because she brought a gun to her school, and it appears that someone is trying to kill her, as well as her sister Natty, and her brother Leo who is still in Japan s [...]

  • Angie

    I only just liked All These Things I've Done, but I won an ARC of this one, so I gave it a read. I was hoping for more Leo after the ending events of the first book, but again everything is narrowly focused on Anya. Nothing around her gets much attention, which bothers me. I want to know more about the world and the other characters, not just Anya.I'm still not sold on this so-called dystopian society. As I said in my review of the first book, the illegal chocolate lost its novelty and just beca [...]

  • Shale Brenner

    The novel Because it is my Blood by Gabrielle Zevin was not what I expected. This being a sequel to her previous book All These Things I've Done, I was expecting a book of similar content. I was surprised to find out the this book was quite different, and in several ways. Her previous novel was a dystopian love story combined with her dealing with her crime ridden family, but this book had far less of the dystopian love story element than her previous book. This one focussed on her escaping pers [...]