All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Labels: ARC, Book Reviews, Dystopian, Gabrielle Zevin, MacMillan, Young Adult · Who posted this? Mina B at 15:00
by Gabrielle Zevin
Release Date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC from Publishers
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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 accidentally 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.
After reading Elsewhere, I could read every other book by Zevin. So, as soon as I heard about All These Things I've Done, I knew I had to have it. Luckily, I received it for review and I was simply overjoyed! And, do you know what? I was more pleased after reading All these things I've done as I LOVED it!
Anya Balanchine is an orphan. Her parents were murdered and all that's left for her is caring for her brother and sister. Anya's family then becomes involved in a an illegal chocolate business making things go from good to worst. So, when a chocolate poisoning comes at large, Anya is not in a good light. With these accusations, nothing gets better when she finds herself falling in love that which is forbidden.
Woah. Chocolate is illegal? What a great plot. And not only that, there are other twists and turns along the way. I couldn't stop reading! Even though, I didn't get why Chocolate was illegal. But, it really didn't matter as much as the star-crossed romance brings a great spin to the story.
The romance was great. It was a gradual build up so nothing was overdone. Not the typical love at first sight thing either. I loved reading every single moment. Things get even better when we discover that their love is forbidden.
All these things I've done is one promising story. Zevin has brought us a great plot and characters driven with utter suspense. I'm at the edge of my seat and I can't wait to see where this series leads!