Because It Is My Blood
by Gabrielle Zevin
Birthright series, book two
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. (Description from Amazon.com)
Another fabulously enjoyable vacation read. I loved diving back into Anya's version of our future. (I still can't quite wrap my head around chocolate and COFFEE being illegal, LOL!)
Since this is the second book in the series, I don't want to give too much away... but I will say that what I really enjoyed the most about this book was seeing Anya really define herself and the place she wanted to be in her world. She goes on a sort of emotional journey along with her physical one and I definitely found myself cheering her on as she made some BIG decisions about how she wanted to present herself and what role she wanted to play in chocolate's future.
The book took some surprising turns, and I loved it. I cannot wait to see how things go In the Age of Love and Chocolate, which comes out this October...
Full disclosure: Book purchased on my Nook