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Review: Because it is my Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.

My Thoughts
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 the series so far. I won't tell you too much about what happens for fear of spoiling the book but I will say that I lovedt the action that was jammed into this book. I loved that it didn't feel like a second book in a series in that I wasn't left with more questions than answers.

I love love love Anya as a character. She is tough and feisty and prepared to go that extra mile to save her family. I love that this book gives her the time she needs to explore a bit more about who she is and why. I love the relationships between Anya and the rest of her family and those she holds dear like Scarlet and Win.

The end of the story is awesomely clever in the way in which Anya goes about staking her claim in the family business and I cannot wait to see how it plays out for her in the final instalment.

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Anya said…
I've got this to read, cannot wait to start it! Great review :D