Because It Is My Blood
by Gabrielle Zevin
hitting shelves September 18, 2012 from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
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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.
My thoughts: I know it had some pretty mixed reviews, but I personally loved All These Things I've Done (here's my review). Zevin has such a unique writing style. And as much as I loved the simple chocolate heart on the original cover, this new stylish design is pretty cool. Here's the matching paperback copy of All These Things. Definitely eager to see where this series goes!