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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: All These Things I've Done

Title: All These Things I've Done
Series: Birthright # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Dystopian
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Book: FC copy sent by publisher

"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."
As I read this book, I fell in love with it. I love the way the author created such a world that could be realistic. One were things of today are contraband. I especially loved the whole mafia twist to it. It gave the story a full back round much more enjoyable.

What I loved the most is the main character Anya.She is not only courageous, but steps out of her comfort zone for her family and loved ones. I adore her characters traits of strength and honor. There are so many things in this young ladies life that she does out of the goodness of her own heart. The length that she goes for people is beyond awe!

I really loved the development of the story. The pacing is great in giving the reader an enjoyable read as well as the processing the back round story as well. I loved how Ms. Zevin weaved in the mafia and Anya dark past. Though it do not happen to her, her bloodline affected her life  in many ways. Some ways good and others bad.

The love interest is great! I loved seeing these two learn and grow with each other. So many secrets, fights, and many other obstacles holding them back that it makes their love stronger then ever. I loved the ending. It  was liked Anya was claiming her place with him. It made me love their relationship more!

If you want a world riddled with mafia fights, betrayals, and a strong young women trying to find her place, read this book. There are so many great aspects to the story that held me as I read this book. Filled with tainted chocolate, murders, and a loved fighting to be together, All These Things I've Done left me breathe less.

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. this looks like an ineresting book. I did NOT expect murderers, mafia from the cover :P great review! im always looking for a book with a strong female protagonist, will definitely check it out

    - juhina

  2. @Maji, I was taken back by it as well. It really got my attention!

  3. This sounds so good! I have it on my TBR.

  4. You seemed to like this one better than me, Savy. But yes, Anya was a pretty neat character.

  5. Great review Savy. I love this book also and can't wait to see what becomes of Anya in the next book.

  6. Hm... another view for me to consider when I takle this book. I know if you liked the love interest, then I'm so there!

  7. I saw this at B&N on Monday but didn't get to look at it to closely. Haven't read anything with the mafia in it (or having to do with, well you know what I mean) so looks like I'll be adding this one'll never end! LOL


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