Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Because It Is My Blood Review

350 pages

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.

This novel was significantly more enjoyable to me than the first one in the series. Even though Anya is finally out of jail, she still finds it hard to fit into a life that doesn't include her criminal past. Since a hit has been placed on Anya's whole family, she is in a race to try and find out who wants them dead and why. Anya is still a strong person despite all that she has been through and she's also learned a bit from it which makes her smarter too. Some new characters are introduced and they help teach Anya quite a bit about herself and what she wants for her family's future. While this is a dystopian novel, don't expect a lot of action, its more of a mystery crime novel. The ending throws quite a few surprises your way especially with the way enemies and friends are interchangeable. I definitely enjoyed reading this and if you've read All These Things I've Done then you should absolutely read this too.


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