"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.
In this second installment of Zevin's Birthright series, following All These Things I've Done and set in the late 21st century, Anya Balanchine faces additional tragedy and danger as she increases her involvement with her late father's illegal chocolate business. After escaping from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya travels incognito to Mexico, where she is schooled in the production of chocolate and taken under the wing of a family of cacao growers. When a failed attempt on Anya's life sends her fleeing back to New York City, she has some hard choices to make. Her decision to stay in the family business and turn her father's underground chocolate sales into an aboveboard operation is met with resistance on both sides of her law. The line between Anya's friends and foes grows blurry as she attempts to weed out traitors and discover who has tried to harm her and her family. Discerning characters' true motives will keep readers guessing, and the conflicting forces within Anya add an extra dimension of drama to this action-packed sequel. Ages 12 up.