26 August 2013

[Review] All These Things I’ve Done & Because It Is My Blood; Gabrielle Zevin

All These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1) Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2)

Release Date: ATTID: September 26, 2011; BISMB: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: both ARCs via half.com
Summary from Goodreads:
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend.

That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

What I thought: This is the first of many benefits from having a second person’s bookshelf in my office! Chloe, upon moving in with me, brought a whole range of books I’ve yet to read, and this was her first suggestion for me.

I LOVE THESE BOOKS. SO MUCH. I think the best part of these books is that it doesn’t fall into the normal trap of a young adult love story. Anya is very much a strong independent woman. Her romantic interest isn’t central to the story, and there isn’t an overly obnoxious love triangle midway through the series.

I love the futuristic setting, and the way the grandparents are us- young people from the 2010’s, and how the story weaves itself so much more uniquely than 99% of other books I’ve read lately.  

The worst part is it’s currently sitting on my list of  books I am anxiously awaiting, with the third book not being released until October.

Read this if: you like futuristic, dystopian stories, if you’re looking for something fresh & different, if you’re a chocoholic.

Out of 5
: 5/5 for both.
These books were 60 & 79/120 for 2013

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