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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gabrielle Zevin Narrator: Ilyana Kadushin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Birthright Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781427226310
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"Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in."- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

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.

Because It Is My Blood is the second novel in Gabrielle Zevin's Birthright series.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Ilyana Kadushin's] portrayal of Anya anchors this action packed story. Allowing Anya to maintain an aura of calmness when faced with the escalating tension created by corruption, politics and crime. Kadushin vividly portrays the teen, a self-proclaimed ‘spawn of the unscrupulous mobsters,' who strongly confronts the harsh realities of her perfidious family and their black-market dealings. Booklist

  • “Ilyana Kadushin dives right back in as the perfect Anya – seemingly emotionless and cool on the surface but a true teen in consciousness and delivery. Kadushin delivers the story's happiness, sorrow, and mob family suspense to make this follow-up just as fast paced as the original…Kadushin enhances the story's suspense, intrigue, and heart, raising anticipation for the next installment. AudioFile Magazine

  • Character development reaches new levels, a quality made all the more evident through Ilyana Kadushin's interpretation of the text. School Library Journal
  • Winner of CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Scollins | 2/19/2014

    " Really like this series, easy read and engaging "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 2/13/2014

    " This was a quick read. I enjoyed the focus on the other chocolate families and the attempt to legalize chocolate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Ledbetter | 2/2/2014

    " Very good. Can't wait till the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neverflyte | 2/1/2014

    " Readers of the first one will definitely enjoy this one as well- it has the same love drama and crime action in it. My favorite books of Zevin's still stand as Elsewhere and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, however. I will be reading the last one to see what Zevin will do to conclude Anya's story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynna | 1/23/2014

    " This book was really good as a sequel. Set in a time where chocolate, coffee, and a whole bunch of crazy stuff is illegal, the main character of this book, Anya is just trying to live a normal life. This has been hard to do with her "mafya" family always bringing her into the "Family Business." Seriously, please read this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Tipton | 1/11/2014

    " I love this character and the how the author has created the world she lives in. She is smart, spunky, and just wants to live a normal life...which is impossible for her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 1/2/2014

    " Can't wait for the next one!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/23/2013

    " Easy and enjoyable ... Gossip Girl meets Godfather "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/21/2013

    " I was expecting something more. This felt more like a transition book. I wanted to see Anya take more action sooner. I will be looking for the next to see where she goes with the chocolate business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 11/5/2013

    " This book was pretty good! I wish Win was a bit more involved.. I honestly loved the first book more...xx Can't wait for the next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesliebasney | 10/30/2013

    " Super 2nd in a terrific series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 9/19/2013

    " Much better than the first one. In this one Anya really comes into her own and she takes on more of the world -with mixed results! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Limeminearia | 4/20/2013

    " A case of the second book in the series being better than the first. I love Gabrielle Zevin's writing and the mob family stuff in this series is really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/18/2013

    " Almost as good as "All These Things I've Done." A continuation of the story of Anya, the head of the illegal chocolate "mafia. Anya has to decide if her family or her true love is more important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitali | 12/7/2012

    " I want Win. "

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About the Author
Author Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the author of ElsewhereMemoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacAll These Things I’ve Done, and Because It Is My Blood, as well as two novels for adults. Of her writing, the New York Times Book Review said, “Zevin’s touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities.” She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Ilyana Kadushin was born in Miami and raised in the rural cornfields of Maryland. She attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York City and has performed in many theater productions. Kadushin wrote and performed a one woman multimedia musical called Devour the Apple.