Publication date: September 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Series: Birthright, Book 2
Anya Balanchine just spent the summer in Liberty Children's Facility and is determined not to get tangled up in the family business. But she just can't get away from it, especially when she can't get back into school because of her past. When she ends up somewhere far from home, Anya begins to learn there's more to this illegal chocolate life than she ever knew.
Things I Liked:
I really love this series. There's something so enticing about illegal chocolate, a mob daughter falling for a cop's son and all the futuristic details. I really love the characters, though, particularly Anya. She is very complicated, very human in her feelings. Her life is anything but normal and she tries to cope with the problems sometimes in very stupid, very teenage ways. I think one thing I especially enjoyed was just how unpredictable this one was for me. I really wasn't sure what Anya would do and where she would end up. I had some ideas about where she end up, but they didn't always happen. Things are never easy for Anya and I like that Zevin doesn't mind giving her hard decisions and watching the consequences pan out. I was entertained from beginning to end and once again, I'm interested to see what happens next.
Things I Didn't Like:
I was occasionally bored when the action would hit a lull and it became more about what Anya was feeling, though that was sometimes interesting too. I know there are flaws to this book, but I just really enjoyed reading it and thus didn't care. :)
Start with All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Reminds me a little of the Curse Workers series by Holly Black
Heist Society series by Ally Carter
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
here and there, scattered
talked about, kind of implied, but no page action
a couple of violent instances, some a little gory
Overall rating: ****
What appeals to you about this series, or what makes you not like it?
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