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“Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Freed 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...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Pan Macmillan
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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 desert
I 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...more
Megan (Book Brats)
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 r...more
Misty
INITIALLY:4.5
Maybe even a 5.
And I couldn't even tell you why...Though of course, when I get around to reviewing it, I'm certainly going to try. ;D


I 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 shal...more
Roxy
Apr 02, 2012 Roxy marked it as to-read
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'.
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.
Jordan
Mar 30, 2012 Jordan marked it as to-read
Shelves: birthday-list
Why must publishing companies insist on changing covers midway through a series? This doesn't match the original cover of Birthright #1, which I really liked. This gives the impression of a gunslinging, urban cowboy sort of dystopian, rather than a near-future story with Godfather undertones :(
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...more
Miss
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Erica
This book, it did not make me happy. In fact, it did the opposite - it made me mad. Also, irritated.

(view 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 machete...ugh.

I continue to wonder about the purpose of Mouse. She's going...more
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 realize...more
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 that a...more
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,...more
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!
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...more
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 my favorite c...more
Lenore Appelhans
BECAUSE IT IS MY BLOOD opens with Anya in Liberty detention center, about to be released. After the dramatic events of the first book, Anya is determined to go legit and put chocolate and the illegal family business behind her. She has small, immediate goals like finishing high school. Win is now dating someone new and his father Charles' campaign is in full swing. Charles' competitor uses his bitter history with Anya to her advantage and Anya is forced to flee to Mexico where she come to realiz...more
Melissa Railey
I love this series. I had forgotten just how much I loved it until I picked up the second book (which I've had for nearly a year) and started reading it. Once I started reading it, I absolutely refused to be interrupted until I finished reading the book a couple of hours later. First off, the idea of chocolate being illegal breaks my heart. It my favorite food and I can't imagine living in a world where I couldn't have it. But I just love Anya. She's such a strong character and refuses to let an...more
Janina
I thought this was great sequel to All These Things I've Done. I was really happy to see all the positive changes and decisions that Anya was making throughout the story. She really has started developing as a character and becoming more mature. But still Anya continued to go through many struggles and challenges dealing with trust and the law. You root for her to push forward even go she's going through so many difficult things. Being pick on by your ex boyfriend's dad. I mean seriously, how ma...more
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I have been waiting for what seems like an age for this book. I loved the first book in thes series and had ridiculously high hopes for this one and am glad to say I really enjoyed this instalment too.

Because it is my blood follows on directly after the first book in the series joining Anya after her release from liberty. Throughout the course of the book Anya discovers more about herself, her role in the family business and discovers who has been targeting her family unit over the course of th...more
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...more
Renee Thomas
A very worthy sequel. I'm still trying to process some thoughts etc. but it was most certainly as gripping as its predecessor, which is saying something.
I cared about Anya and where her life was headed (which was often in several conflicting directions, the poor girl!) and I still have those side characters to whom I will always be loyal (Mr. Kipling, I love you!)
While I didn't shed any tears, there were certainly some emotional moments contained within these pages, and I applaud Zevin for not...more
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...more
Steffi und Kay his-and-her-books
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 endlosen K...more
Nancy
This follow up to All These Things I've Done is not quite as good as the first, but it's darn close. The plot doesn't seem quite as tight, but Anya Balanchine is still one of the best, smartest, yet not without her faults, YA heroines around. Anya is the heir apparent to a mob family that controls the black market chocolate trade in a future New York where chocolate and caffeine are illegal in the Second Prohibition. Anya tries to distance herself from the family business and lead a clean life a...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: We are back with Anya, you may remember her by her family or even as the girl who was dating Win. She’s pretty well known, as being a criminal.

We are thrust back into her life, as she is in Liberty Children’s Facility, serving out her sentence.

She’s released and gets to go back with her family for a limited time. She gets to see her best friend Scarlett who is dating her ex boyfriend. And then there is Win, sweet sweet Win who she must stay away from. Than she is thrown back into t...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
It seems ages since I read the first book in this series about Anya and her family. I couldn't wait for the sequel and I'm pleased to say that it was just as enjoyable as the opening instalment was.

Anya has been released from Liberty Children's Facility and is finally able to re-join her family. She wants life to go back to normal but everything around her seems to have changed. Anya is a fantastic main character. I admire her strength and courage and her determination to do whatever is best fo...more
Emma (Miss Print)
**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...more
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...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*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 supposedl...more
Suad Shamma
Because It Is My Blood engrossed me just as much as All These Things I've Done. Perhaps even more so, because I felt I was that much more invested in the characters and the Balanchine family.

Anya is such a strong and willful protagonist. She has already sacrificed so much for her family, and is willing to do so much more. The last we saw of her in Book 1 she had ended locked up at Liberty, and we begin this book with her release from the facility. Upon her release, Anya soon realizes that life w...more
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Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re In was on Entertainment Weekly's Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scra...more
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“Win interrupted me. "Stop," he said. "I love you, too." He paused. "You underestimate me, Annie. I'm not blind to your faults. You keep too many secrets, for one. You lie sometimes. You have trouble saying the things in your heart. You have an awful temper. You hold a grudge. And I'm not saying this one is your fault, but people who know you have a disturbing tendency to end up with bullets in them. You don't have faith in anyone, including me. You think I'm an idiot sometimes. Don't deny it--I can tell. And maybe I was an idiot a year ago, but a lot has happened since then. I'm different, Anya. You used to say I didn't know what love was. But I think I learned what it is. I learned it when I thought I had lost you over the summer. And I learned it when my leg ached something awful. And I learned it when you were gone and I didn't know if I'd ever see you again. And I learned it every night when I'd pray that you were safe even if I never got to see you again. I don't want to marry you. I'm just happy to be near you for a while, and for as long as you'll let me be. Because there's never been anyone else for me but you. There will never be anyone else for me but you. I know this. I do. Annie, my Annie, don't cry..."

(Was I crying? Yes, I suppose I was. But I was still so awfully tired. You can't possibly hold this against me.)

"I know that loving you is going to be hard, Annie. But I love you, come what may.”
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“The heart is so peculiar. How light and how heavy it can feel at the same time.

How light.”
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