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In the Age of Love and Chocolate

(Birthright #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,719 ratings  ·  363 reviews
All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school year ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-shelf
Read as digital ARC.

I can honestly say that if I had to choose one series to read for the rest of my life, Birthright would be in the running. Every time I pick one of these babies up, I know to check and make sure I have time, because I won't be putting it down until I'm finished.

This final book did not disappoint. I just spent a day crying my way through it, still crying, actually. In the Age of Love and Chocolate is just so insanely romantic and smart. The characters are so believable, the pl
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This is, hands down, one of the best series enders I have ever read. It had a satisfying amount of closure, but didn't resolve everything in a too-tidy way. There's not really any dramarama, like so many final books are full of, it's quiet and so appropriate for Anya and where she's at as a character. And the writing, now that I've read the entire series, is kind of a marvel. Zevin never breaks the memoir style to push the narrative forward, and it just works. Love, love, love this series.

I'll g
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It must be the year of finishing series, I swear! I’ve finished reading several series this year and on the whole I am pleased at how the whole slew of trilogies I have read are closing out. As a fan of the mob and gangsters, I had a special affinity for Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright trilogy and am MORE THAN PLEASED with how In The Age Of Love And Chocolate wraps up the series. Now, I know there are some weirdos out there who just didn’t like Anya Ballanchine or this series and while that is tota ...more
Megan Mweemba
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
--- Before reading ---
Coolest title ever.

--- After reading ---

4.5 stars? Maybe?
Dark Faerie Tales
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Chocolate wars, love and death in the Age of Love and Chocolate!

Opening Sentence: “I hadn’t wanted to be a Godmother, but my best friend insisted.”

The Review:

Anya is back in the last book of the Birthright trilogy, and she is making moves to open her club, The Dark Room and to legalize some aspect of chocolate so that she can take care of her family! Wyn still refuses to understand or get over the choices she made in the second book. However, An
Suad Shamma
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, own, 2013
I genuinely enjoyed reading this series, and going through Anya's spectacular development - as well as all those around her. I love that Gabrielle Zevin was brutally realistic in writing the stories, knowing exactly who she was going to leave us with and who she was going to eliminate, as well as taking us through a somewhat heart-wrenching experience with Anya and her family.

There were no rainbows and butterflies in this story, just a whole lot of struggle for survival and success. We go from m
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you Ksenia Winnicki for providing me with a finished copy for review! Thank you Gabrielle Zevin for such a wonderful end to this series!!

What I Loved: I have to say that I was afraid of how this would end. Like, legit scared I would end up in a corner somewhere mumbling about chocolate and coffee, which is why, I did something I rarely do - I read the last chapter first. Once I saw how it all ends I was able to take a breath and start at the beginning.

This is one of the best final books I
Casey, with a book
Initial reaction:
DAMN. This series was great. Hands down favorite of the year. How will I cope now that it is over?

This book is different from what I expected, and probably different from what most people expected, and I am thankful for it because it really elevated the series (which I didn't know was possible).

Whereas the first two installments of this series focus on Anya in her last two years of high school, this one follows her through to her twenties, which really gave this novel a
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a series that has steadily gone downhill for me. I loved the first with its original take on the idea of illegal chocolate and the struggles that Anya goes through to both rise above and take advantage of her family's criminal history. The second took an unnecessary detour to Mexico, introducing an equally unnecessary love interest, but I had hopes for the final installment. Unfortunately, this volume was my least favorite. The plotting moved along too swiftly through time to give space ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review posted with formatting on my blog.

For readers of this series, I believe most will be happy with this conclusion. What I like most about this series (and specifically this last book) is that we really see our characters grow as people. There is a chapter entitled "I AM WEAK; REFLECT ON THE TRANSFORMATIVE NATURE OF PAIN; DETERMINE THAT MY CHARACTER IS BUILT" that really shows how far Anya has come. At the end of this chapter, we have a conversation between Anya and
Megan (ReadingRover)
Solid ending to a unique series in a world where a Russian mafia daughter strives to make illegal chocolate legal again.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Zevin-san, doushite? Naze koushita no desuka?

I’ve been thinking about it for days and I’m still not sure about it. Rationally speaking, it was actually a nice conclusion. I loved how it portrayed Anya’s growth from being this naïve girl thrown to the wolves (enemies, responsibilities), to the one of the most known person in the cacao business. I’m glad that it showed, magnificently I may add, Anya’s transition. So what’s pulling me back from giving a well-deserved rating than the one I gave? One
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
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4 stars for Anya
2 stars for kooky pacing and dialogue

I love Anya Ballanchine. She's tough and unpredictable. She makes decisions I would never expect from a character in a YA novel. (view spoiler) The scenes between Anya and Mr. Delacroix were my favorites. What a surprising relationship. More interesting than her relationship wit
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
My favorite part of this book is Anya and Win's relationship. So much tension and yearning. I was actually going crazy while reading this book wanting to know what happens to them. I really liked Win in the first two books, but I fell in love with him in this book. He is just so perfect and his actions toward Anya are just so ::Swoon:: I really could not stop swooning and squeeing during the Anya and Win scenes. Especially the time they spend at Win's mother's farm. So beautiful and heartbreakin ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
3.5 stars.

I liked this. I'd forgotten (because I didn't reread books 1 or 2 prior to reading book 3) how formal the narrative comes across, and while it's a bit distracting (to be honest), it's not a deal breaker. I really like the way this ended - imperfect enough to make it feel 'real.' This series is the only portion of Zevin's collection I've read and I'm happy to have read it. Also, every time I think about this story, I think I should use my interest in Russian everything to write a book
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. I loved the character development and the resolutions. I loved how even though the ending wasn't action packed and full of drama, it seemed so appropriate for the development and conclusion of the series. The writing in this book is engaging and personable and makes it easy to connect. ...more
Wiebke (1book1review)
Okay, this surprised me. I put off reading this book for so long because the second in the series had disappointed me so much. But I enjoyed the storytelling and characters a lot more in this one. It was easy to read and get invested again.
Looking back, this series offers a great female main character and an epic story of crime and love and friendship. Glad I finally picked it up.
Sabrin Abdi
this book was really interesting and the characters were so round and Anya growing up is very interesting I really liked this book I recommend it to anyone who likes action and a book with a lot pf twists a turns
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Is it physically impossible to satisfactorily conclude a dystopian trilogy? Mockingjay, Allegiant, and now this! This book is unrecognizable as belonging to the same series as the first two, as unrecognizable as Anya Balanchine. What the hell happened?

The first two books worked so well precisely because of the narrow focus. The reader was with Anya every step of the way, around for big moments and small. I was utterly absorbed by the world, feeling as if I were truly part of it. Each one told th
SJH (A Dream of Books)
I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of this book because I couldn't wait to see how Gabrielle Zevin was going to conclude Anya Balanchine's story. After having gone through so much and faced both love and loss, I wasn't sure if Anya was going to get a happy ending or not so I started reading this with a small sense of trepidation but also a huge amount of confidence that Zevin would give her trilogy the right ending.

Anya is now eighteen and has become the owner of a nightclub The Dark Room
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is the true coming-of-age tale in the trilogy. Anya sets in motion the nightclub idea that she had in the end of book two. An integral part of her plan is a partnership with Charles Delacroix, and Win doesn’t like that one bit. So he demands that she chooses between him and her nightclub.

This volume lacks the action and conspiracy of the second and feels like an extended denouement. The quick pace of the second volume is replaced with an emotional depth and emerging maturity in Anya. She n
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This is probably one of the best YA trilogies I've ever read. The first two books were AMAZING, packed with all the things I love -- character development, strong plot, a proactive heroine. But I felt that Anya lost some of her BAMF qualities in this book, and her narration felt a bit more -- distant, I guess. Which is maybe understandable, given all the bad things that happened, but I was left with an overall feeling of sadness and loneliness, even with the hopeful ending. Plotwise, a lot happe ...more
Jackie Marrs
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
You know - I LOVED the first book in this series. I plodded through the second but I had such high hopes for this one. We all knew how it would end, that was a given. However, there were a TON of things thrown into this book that were basically ignored or kinda tied up neatly, too neatly perhaps. The biggest for me was the Russian arm of the Family. Brought up over and over only to be glossed over. Why bring them up at all?
Another - Theo! I mean, they were basically lovers and then boom, no mor
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I really wanted to love this so badly! I gave it 3 stars, because I liked it, but I did not love it like I loved the first book in the series.

The issue for me was the speed of the story - everything happened so fast. Problems popped up and were resolved within a page (view spoiler)
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it
The best of the series. Yet predictable and still did not answer any questions to why caffeine was illegal. A bit mushy as well. This one strayed away from the numerous deaths and continuous threat of violence form the second. Although I found it a little bit of a write off that the "Russians" never became a threat-somewhat unsuspenseful. Glad mostly for the strong female heroine as she can be a role model for teen girls. She makes a point of letting girls know that although they don't need to f ...more
La La
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
4.5 on my blog only because I loved the second book so much. Please don't let the covers of this trilogy fool you, they are not Romance novels, I get so tired of seeing fabulous YA stories rated one and two stars because they aren't dripping in physical romance! YA does not have to have romance in it! I also am hestant to call it a Dystopian because as the author notes in her acknowledgments, the storyline is much more about tbe heroine, Anya, overcoming internal obstacles than outside perils. I ...more
While I enjoyed this series as a whole I think that the first book was the strongest, with the second and third book being less compelling. I did enjoy this book and it was interesting to learn how Anya would turn out. There were a few surprises but no huge twists and the ending was what I was expecting. The audio version is really good and the narrator was pretty amazing at capturing all the different accents required for the various characters. I knew exactly who was speaking just by the voice ...more
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GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed author, whose books have been translated into thirty-eight languages.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry spent several months on the New York Times Best Seller List, reached #1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, was a USA Today Best Seller, and has been a best seller all around the world. A.J. Fikry was honored with the So

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Birthright (3 books)
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