- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
- Series: Birthright (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780374380748
- ISBN-13: 978-0374380748
- ASIN: 0374380740
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 35.3 x 219 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Because It Is My Blood: A Novel (Birthright) Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to All These Things I've Done (Farrar, 2010), Anya Balanchine's life becomes very complicated not long after she is released from a prison located near a future Manhattan. In her continued attempts to protect her siblings, manage her family's standing in the mafiya world of black-market chocolate, and plan her future, the teen finds herself in Mexico where she sees the cacao business from a different angle. Here she learns about the healing powers of chocolate and its rich folkloric tradition, causing her to wonder why it was outlawed and if it were possible that chocolate isn't dangerous, or even unhealthy. Anya's on-again, off-again romance with Win Delacroix persists in spite of numerous obstacles, including her rocky relationship with his District Attorney father. Threatened by her competitors in the criminal world, she is forced to return quickly to New York to intervene in her family's affairs. Anya finally finds a way to legitimize her family's longstanding ties to chocolate. The sequel is not as strong as the first book-the multitude of characters, plot twists, and conspiracy theories take readers on a bit of a bumpy ride. The romance is downplayed in favor of Anya's familial and political pursuits, but there is a satisfying, friendly relationship between Anya and Theo, a boy whose family is also in the chocolate business. Readers who enjoy mob stories and visions of future societies will be pleased. As in the first book, Zevin provokes thought about what we make illegal and why.-Nora G. Murphy, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, LaCanada-Flintridge, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“An engaging heroine, lots of humor…in this Godfather for teens. B+” ―EW.com
“Readers who enjoy mob stories and visions of future societies will be pleased. As in the first book, Zevin provokes thought about what we make illegal and why.” ―School Library Journal
“The idea of a world in which chocolate, coffee, and other stimulants have been outlawed is alluring, and Anya is a strong, smart protagonist. Fans will want to find out what happens to her.” ―VOYA
“Discerning characters' true motives will keep readers guessing, and the conflicting forces within Anya add an extra dimension of drama to this action-packed sequel. ” ―Publishers Weekly
“This sequel to All These Things I've Done (2011) paints on such a broad canvas that readers will be amazed at Zevin's management abilities...Zevin's strong suit is characterization, and it shines here. Whatever the nefarious plot, no one becomes a cartoon character--like chocolates, each is delicious in his or her own right.” ―Booklist
“Fans of the first will enjoy the author's inventive combination of chocolate, crime and politics, as well as finding out Anya's post-prison fate.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Anya's flaws are what make her a complicated, thoroughly human character, one whom readers will enjoy continuing to try to understand...Readers will love her, flawed as she is.” ―Teenreads.com
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The book as a whole is a strong sequel. Anya needed to find her place in her family's business but do it in her own way. Some of the loose ends tie up a little too nicely, but there were surprises as well along the way. The only thing I did not like is how Anya and Win ends things. After everything they have been through together it just felt a little forced, that something had to tear them apart in this second book, just so they could be brought back together for the the third book. However, I very much liked Win's father's involvement, it felt smart and like the kind of thing Anya would do. I'm looking foward to the next installment in the series. (Aside: Also I really liked the cover of this sequel as opposed to the first cover of the first book).
I enjoyed learning to love Anya even more and especially loved Theo and his abuelas what a wonderful time for Anya! Ms. Zevin is a talented writer.