Audiobook Review: Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin + Giveaway

Because It Is My Blood
Birthright #2
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Reader: Ilyana Kadushin
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Dystopian
Run-time: 11 hours
Released: September 18th 2012
Review Source: Macmillan Audio
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Thoughts on audio portion: I was super excited to once again to listen to the continuation of Birthright series. I have had a ARC paper copy in my possession for sometime, but I knew I wanted to listen to the story not read it. Ilyana does such a great job with this series, I loved listening to the 1st book All These Things I've Done and knew I would only want to continue the next on audio also. The way Ilyana does portrays all the charters is excellent. She really captures all their emotions with the correct pitches in their voices. This audio is the complete package, great story, reader and recording. If you have never listen to an audio, I would list this series as a great starter one to try and if you are an audio book veteran, you will find that I am right and agree this is a great audio book. 

Now my thought on the story itself: Because It Is My Blood is a great follow up to All These Things Ive Done. There is no sequel syndrome in this book. Once again we follow poor Anya, she has been released from Liberty after sacrificing herself. Anya hopes to be able to enroll back into school and finish it, but its not an easy thing too do when you are labeled. The friends she had all have moved on and forgotten or don't want to be around her. All the people Anya has left are her sister Natty, Imogen and her lawyers. Her once boyfriend even moved on. Anya will discover she will not be able to just fall back into the way things were and a certain turn of event has her making a real big life decision, hoping this will protect her and those close to her. Will Anya survive this new change? Will it pay off in the long run? I don't want to give away all that happen, because its so much. You will not be given a free second in this story. You will journey with Anya in her new set course. What will happen to Balanchine Chocolates and will anyone else die? 

Its such a fascinating concept still how Zevin took something simple as chocolate and created such a crazy-mafioso world with it. If this were ever to really happen, it would be complete chaos. A zombie apocalypse would seems like kids play over chocolate being becoming illegal. Fans of the series, you will be pleased and look forward to the next installment. I highly recommend listening to but reading is definitely OK too. 

Thank to Macmillan audio, I can share a teaser clip of Because It Is My Blood for you all today to listening too.

Now I hope you all do buy the audio but today I will give the chance for one lucky reader of the series to win an ARC copy of Because It Is My Blood. Enter below in the rafflecopter, make sure to read the terms and conditions.

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  1. I just listened to Burn for Burn and I loved it. They had three narrators so I think I enjoyed the audio more than I would have enjoyed the print book.

  2. Honestly, I'd still like to read them all :).

  3. I preferred listening to The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

  4. I've never tried audiobooks before but now I want to.;)

  5. I've never tried audiobooks before but now I want to.;)

  6. I just finished Anna Dressed in Blood & loved it. I'm listening to the sequel, Girl of My Nightmares & love it too. It would be great to win this audio book, I like the narrator. Thanks for the chance.

  7. I prefer to read books but I still love audio books too.

  8. I listened to BLACK WATCH by Patricia Cornwell...Driving Ft. Worth, TX to Mesa, AZ. Played lasted from door to was great. Made the trip easier.

  9. Holly Cupola's Tell Me a Secret was fantastic!
    I'd actually enjoy putting together a nice audio-library for long trips!
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  10. I haven't listened to an audiobook since I was a little kid, but I'd like to try it again.

  11. I have never listened to an audiobook but I would seriously like the chance too. It's an interesting idea.

  12. I have never listened to an audiobook but I would like to give it a try sometime.

  13. I just recently listened to Zombies vs Unicorns and it was definitely better on audiobook : )

  14. I loved the first book. I need to get this one on audio. I read the first and would love to check it out on audio. great review.

  15. I preferred listening to Blood Red Road. The narrator was so good!

  16. The BDB Series by JR Ward is my pick to that question!!
    Wonderful review! Thank you for the chance to win!
    DeAnna Schultz

  17. I have never listened to an audio book but I would love to try one someday

    Jolene A

  18. I've never tried audiobooks before. I'd love to though.


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