Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

My first ever Zevin was All These Things I've Done and remembered how devoured I was by it. AND NOW THE SEQUEL!!!


The story of Anya Balanchine (daughter of notorious mafia chocolatier) moves forward in this second installment of the Birthright Trilogy.

Our heroine takes the fall. Anya goes back to Liberty (a correctional center) by the orchestration of Charles Delacroix. Although she saved his son's life, Charles coaxes her into agreeing to dance along in his music in correspondence to the on-going elections.

When Anya goes back to her old life, she finds it hard to recuperate into what used to be. With her stained reputation, it's highly doubtful Holy Trinity School would accept her.

Bertha Sinclair, Charles Delacroix's competition in the said election, pays an exorbitant amount of money to Holy Trinity in exchange of Anya's readmission.

Anya goes back to school. With Win (her ex-boyfriend) seeming to have moved on from her to Alison Wheeler, the situation only worsens when a paparazzi photo of her and Win holding hands surfaces.

Charles Delacroix sends Anya back to Liberty for disobeying their earlier agreement.

Anya escapes Liberty and heads on over to Mexico. She is welcomed their by Sophia's (cousin Mickey's wife) family. She learns a lot about cacao farming and begins to get fond of the Marquez's (especially Theo, a 19-year-old boy who is heir to the family's chocolate business).

In Mexico, someone tries to kill Anya. In New York and Japan, the same is said to have happened to her siblings.

She goes back to New York.

What happens then? Who is trying to kill her and her remaining family? Who wins the elections? Will she and Win get back together?

Well, I bet you know what to do to find out!


I don't think I'll ever find a series as fast-paced, intriguing and has an oh-my-gosh-I-have-important-things-to-do-but-I-really-wanna-finish-this-book-today-so-"important"-can-wait effect on me like this one.

It felt like watching a movie sequel. Like going back to your hometown in summer. I can't wait for the last book to be out!


Aly | March 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I liked the first book better, than the second one, but I'm still excited for the last one! I'm just so curious about what happens. I'm so intrigued by this dystopian world.

Thanks for stopping by!

Misty | March 12, 2013 at 12:29 AM

I really can't wait for the next book, I just love being in Anya's head. And I'm curious to see how (and if) things are going to come about with her and Charles' plans...

Michelle | March 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM

I can't wait for the next book either. The ending of this one promises SO MUCH to come. This Birthright series is really so fascinating and well-written, just love Zevin's writing!


Mitchii @ Aeropapers | March 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Nice review. I'm excited for it as well. :3

melissa @ 1lbr | March 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM

It does make one salivate for the next book, doesn't it? Such an intriguing future world.

Loraine | March 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

To Aly: I know!!! I'm beginning to get the hang of these dystopian YA's!!! =D Thanks for dropping by mine as well.

To Misty: Me too! Although I really still don't trust Charles at all. Thanks for dropping by! =)

To Michelle: YES! This series is truly worth it. Thanks for dropping by! =D

To Mitchii: Thanks for the compliment :) and for dropping by!

To Melissa: VERY! I yearn for the world Gabrielle Zevin made. Thanks for dropping by! =)

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