Reluctant heir of a Mafia boss. Star-crossed lover. Paparazzi darling. Hitman’s target. Anya Balanchine’s amazing story continues in the second part of the. Apr 18, In this sequel to All These Things I’ve Done (), year-old Anya Balanchine, heir apparent to the illegal chocolate trade in New York. “Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.” —Michael Corleone, The Godfather Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is.

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Firstly, that no matter how hard things get for her, she doesn’t sit and whine about them all day long. I continue to wonder about the purpose of Mouse. I will be reviewing this trilogy as a whole on my blog soon.

The whole plot ends up being about chocolate, much to my annoyance. Anya’s growing understanding of what’s behind chocolate, its illegality, its production, and the role it has played within her family contributes to the eventual decision she makes, and the consequences she will reap.

It was dull reading indeed. But this time, yet again, Kt have to enthusiastically recommend the second book in the Balachine zevni, I worry sometimes that I’m too enthusiastic about the books I review.


This one will sneak up on you when you least expect it and hit you right in the feels. In diesem Fortsetzungsband war mir die Protagonistin wesentlich sympathischer. Scarlet, her best friend, seems closer than ever gabirelle her odious boyfriend Gable. People die, Anya goes to Mexico, she and Win get back together then breakup then reunite then split bloor. Beyond loving Theo as a character, he’s a great love interest!


Anya’s come from chocolate.

Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

This one will sneak up on you when you least expect it and hit you right in the feels. She’s going to have to swoop in and save the day in the next book or else all her scenes have been fairly pointless.

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. And doesn’t even last much long in this book because she escapes to Mexico and when she returns she gives Natty her space.

The theme of family is prevalent once again, and all of the main relationships undergo change. Feb 25, Shelley rated it liked it Shelves: Some people’s family problems come from money, power struggles, history. This helped develop my idea of what all the characters look like.

The thing I didn’t like was her hate for Gable Arsley. I’m not blind to your faults.

I liked him the first time he was introduced. But I was still so awfully tired.

Tag: because it is my blood

Generally, “Because It Is My Blood” is a good book that has character and a strong voice to guide along an interesting plot. You hold a grudge. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

I continue to wonder why Anya goes to Juvie another times but we never learn anymore about the place or the politics therein. How light and how heavy it can feel at the same time. Contest ends October 17, We affectionately called them the zevln books”. Can I reiterate how much I love that this series emphasizes important things in life – other than romantic love?


You have an awful temper. Her ninth novel is Young Jane Young.

I learned it when I thought I had lost you over the summer. Theo is a very fun, easy-going character, but there is so much more to him than meets the eye.

While Anya struggles with familiar questions about her family and her identity, Zevin keeps the story original with her surprising turns and Anya’s wry, eloquent narration.

You are so strong and smart. It was really refreshing to see Anya having to really defend herself and her family, and make some serious sacrifices that we didn’t get to see in book one, and I feel like she grew hugely as a main character in this book.

This is going to be a long review, so if you want my overall consensus, skip the the very end. She lives in Los Angeles. I was most intrigued by this paragraph: I also like to consider myself among their numbers. Either way, I was still sucked very quickly back into Anya’s messy world of crime and chocolate, and it was still a pleasure to get myself reacquainted with all of these characters.