Because it is my blood / Gabrielle Zevin.

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      1st ed.
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      Summary: In 2083, seventeen-year-old Anya Balanchine seeks a way to make Balanchine Chocolate legitimate, and although a trip to Mexico gives her new insights and ideas, escaping her mobster family's legacy of violence may prove impossible.
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Booklist Reviews 2012 August #1

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. They may get lost on occasion (especially if they haven't read the first book), but they will never be bored. Seventeen-year-old Anya, a victim of (and sometimes participant in) the chocolate wars of 2083, is being released from Liberty Children's Facility when the book opens. Difficult days, however, are not behind her. There is more imprisonment, an escape to Mexico, an assassination attempt, and then there's that mob family of hers, committed to providing the citizens of a crumbling New York with illegal chocolate. Can any of them be trusted? Win, her lovely boyfriend from the last book, is there, but Anya's decisions over what to do about her own role in the family's empire drives the book. 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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring

Chocolate has been banned since 2055. Now in 2083, seventeen-year-old Anya Ballanchine ([cf2]All These Things I've Done[cf1]), heir to Ballanchine Chocolate, wonders how and if she wants to continue as a crime boss. Anya's rather flat narration detracts from what should be an exciting dystopian novel. Clearly, this volume is setting up a third, with threads to be tied together later.

PW Reviews 2012 July #5

In this second installment of Zevin's Birthright series, following All These Things I've Done and set in the late 21st century, Anya Balanchine faces additional tragedy and danger as she increases her involvement with her late father's illegal chocolate business. After escaping from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya travels incognito to Mexico, where she is schooled in the production of chocolate and taken under the wing of a family of cacao growers. When a failed attempt on Anya's life sends her fleeing back to New York City, she has some hard choices to make. Her decision to stay in the family business and turn her father's underground chocolate sales into an aboveboard operation is met with resistance on both sides of her law. The line between Anya's friends and foes grows blurry as she attempts to weed out traitors and discover who has tried to harm her and her family. 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. Ages 12–up. Agent: Douglas Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)

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