In the Age of Love and Chocolate

In the Age of Love and Chocolate All These Things I ve Done the first novel in the Birthright series introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of

  • Title: In the Age of Love and Chocolate
  • Author: Gabrielle Zevin
  • ISBN: 9780374380755
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All These Things I ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman Now eighteen, life has been bitter than sweet for Anya She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school yearAll These Things I ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman Now eighteen, life has been bitter than sweet for Anya She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.Still, it is Anya s nature to soldier on She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin s writing for young adults the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big heartedness of Elsewhere It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.

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    About “Gabrielle Zevin”

    1. Gabrielle Zevin

      GABRIELLE ZEVIN is an internationally bestselling author whose books have been translated into over thirty languages.Her eighth novel, The Storied Life of A.J Fikry 2014 , spent months on the New York Times Best Seller List, reached 1 on the National Indie Best Seller List, and has been a bestseller all around the world The Toronto Globe and Mail called the book a powerful novel about the power of novels Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers program The Hole We re In was a New York Times Editor s Choice title.She also writes books for young readers Her best known young adult novel is Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children s Book Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart for which she received an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay In 2009, she and director Hans Canosa adapted her novel Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac ALA Best Books for Young Adults into the Japanese film, Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR s All Things Considered She began her writing career at age fourteen as a music critic for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.Zevin is a graduate of Harvard University She lives in Los Angeles Her 9th novel is Young Jane YoungTE Apologies, but I don t reply to messages on.

    878 thoughts on “In the Age of Love and Chocolate”

    1. Read as digital ARC.I can honestly say that if I had to choose one series to read for the rest of my life, Birthright would be in the running. Every time I pick one of these babies up, I know to check and make sure I have time, because I won't be putting it down until I'm finished.This final book did not disappoint. I just spent a day crying my way through it, still crying, actually. In the Age of Love and Chocolate is just so insanely romantic and smart. The characters are so believable, the pl [...]

    2. This is, hands down, one of the best series enders I have ever read. It had a satisfying amount of closure, but didn't resolve everything in a too-tidy way. There's not really any dramarama, like so many final books are full of, it's quiet and so appropriate for Anya and where she's at as a character. And the writing, now that I've read the entire series, is kind of a marvel. Zevin never breaks the memoir style to push the narrative forward, and it just works. Love, love, love this series.I'll g [...]

    3. It must be the year of finishing series, I swear! I’ve finished reading several series this year and on the whole I am pleased at how the whole slew of trilogies I have read are closing out. As a fan of the mob and gangsters, I had a special affinity for Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright trilogy and am MORE THAN PLEASED with how In The Age Of Love And Chocolate wraps up the series. Now, I know there are some weirdos out there who just didn’t like Anya Ballanchine or this series and while that i [...]

    4. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Chocolate wars, love and death in the Age of Love and Chocolate!Opening Sentence: “I hadn’t wanted to be a Godmother, but my best friend insisted.”The Review:Anya is back in the last book of the Birthright trilogy, and she is making moves to open her club, The Dark Room and to legalize some aspect of chocolate so that she can take care of her family! Wyn still refuses to understand or get over the choices she made in the second book. H [...]

    5. Thank you Ksenia Winnicki for providing me with a finished copy for review! Thank you Gabrielle Zevin for such a wonderful end to this series!!What I Loved: I have to say that I was afraid of how this would end. Like, legit scared I would end up in a corner somewhere mumbling about chocolate and coffee, which is why, I did something I rarely do - I read the last chapter first. Once I saw how it all ends I was able to take a breath and start at the beginning. This is one of the best final books I [...]

    6. Hoewel In the age of love and chocolate weinig actie bevat en vooral de toekomst schetst van Anya Belanchine die we al in de eerdere boeken leerden kennen - kon ik toch niet stoppen met lezen. Dit sarcastische personage stal mijn hart, evenals de schrijfstijl. Mijn complete recensie lees je op Oog op de Toekomst.

    7. --- Before reading ---Coolest title ever.--- After reading ---UGH THEY ARE TOO CUTE. 4.5 stars? Maybe?

    8. Zevin-san, doushite? Naze koushita no desuka?I’ve been thinking about it for days and I’m still not sure about it. Rationally speaking, it was actually a nice conclusion. I loved how it portrayed Anya’s growth from being this naïve girl thrown to the wolves (enemies, responsibilities), to the one of the most known person in the cacao business. I’m glad that it showed, magnificently I may add, Anya’s transition. So what’s pulling me back from giving a well-deserved rating than the on [...]

    9. I genuinely enjoyed reading this series, and going through Anya's spectacular development - as well as all those around her. I love that Gabrielle Zevin was brutally realistic in writing the stories, knowing exactly who she was going to leave us with and who she was going to eliminate, as well as taking us through a somewhat heart-wrenching experience with Anya and her family.There were no rainbows and butterflies in this story, just a whole lot of struggle for survival and success. We go from m [...]

    10. Initial reaction:DAMN. This series was great. Hands down favorite of the year. How will I cope now that it is over? Review: This book is different from what I expected, and probably different from what most people expected, and I am thankful for it because it really elevated the series (which I didn't know was possible).Whereas the first two installments of this series focus on Anya in her last two years of high school, this one follows her through to her twenties, which really gave this novel a [...]

    11. Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsReview posted with formatting on my blog. For readers of this series, I believe most will be happy with this conclusion. What I like most about this series (and specifically this last book) is that we really see our characters grow as people. There is a chapter entitled "I AM WEAK; REFLECT ON THE TRANSFORMATIVE NATURE OF PAIN; DETERMINE THAT MY CHARACTER IS BUILT" that really shows how far Anya has come. At the end of this chapter, we have a conversation between Anya and [...]

    12. Okay, this surprised me. I put off reading this book for so long because the second in the series had disappointed me so much. But I enjoyed the storytelling and characters a lot more in this one. It was easy to read and get invested again.Looking back, this series offers a great female main character and an epic story of crime and love and friendship. Glad I finally picked it up.

    13. Solid ending to a unique series in a world where a Russian mafia daughter strives to make illegal chocolate legal again.

    14. This a final book the conclusion was pretty well wrapped up. The whole ending not so much but it could've been worse. And for some reason the story time travels pretty fast and it's divided into two parts. Anya opens a nightclub where prescription cacao is legal. It's so successful she opens up chains around the world, making her super rich and popular. All her enemies become her friends. Her friends become dead. Oh yeah, people just die randomly in this book (pretty much the whole se [...]

    15. My favorite part of this book is Anya and Win's relationship. So much tension and yearning. I was actually going crazy while reading this book wanting to know what happens to them. I really liked Win in the first two books, but I fell in love with him in this book. He is just so perfect and his actions toward Anya are just so ::Swoon:: I really could not stop swooning and squeeing during the Anya and Win scenes. Especially the time they spend at Win's mother's farm. So beautiful and heartbreakin [...]

    16. This is a series that has steadily gone downhill for me. I loved the first with its original take on the idea of illegal chocolate and the struggles that Anya goes through to both rise above and take advantage of her family's criminal history. The second took an unnecessary detour to Mexico, introducing an equally unnecessary love interest, but I had hopes for the final installment. Unfortunately, this volume was my least favorite. The plotting moved along too swiftly through time to give space [...]

    17. 3.5 stars. I liked this. I'd forgotten (because I didn't reread books 1 or 2 prior to reading book 3) how formal the narrative comes across, and while it's a bit distracting (to be honest), it's not a deal breaker. I really like the way this ended - imperfect enough to make it feel 'real.' This series is the only portion of Zevin's collection I've read and I'm happy to have read it. Also, every time I think about this story, I think I should use my interest in Russian everything to write a book [...]

    18. Wonderful book. I loved the character development and the resolutions. I loved how even though the ending wasn't action packed and full of drama, it seemed so appropriate for the development and conclusion of the series. The writing in this book is engaging and personable and makes it easy to connect.

    19. this book was really interesting and the characters were so round and Anya growing up is very interesting I really liked this book I recommend it to anyone who likes action and a book with a lot pf twists a turns

    20. I had to finish the series, for the sake of the ending. The entire trilogy was getting on my nerves, but I kept reading because I couldn't live with a pure conscience without knowing how everything ended. All in all, it was an alright ending, pretty average, somewhat satisfying, but I absolutely and utterly refuse to give In the Age of Love and Chocolate more than three stars, and that's because there's one thing that REALLY, REALLY, messed the entire book up for me: a little character named Yuj [...]

    21. 4 stars for Anya2 stars for kooky pacing and dialogueI love Anya Ballanchine. She's tough and unpredictable. She makes decisions I would never expect from a character in a YA novel. (view spoiler)[ What young woman would agree to marry someone for a business alliance? Or hire and eventually befriend the man who put her in prison when she was 15?(hide spoiler)] The scenes between Anya and Mr. Delacroix were my favorites. What a surprising relationship. More interesting than her relationship with [...]

    22. I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of this book because I couldn't wait to see how Gabrielle Zevin was going to conclude Anya Balanchine's story. After having gone through so much and faced both love and loss, I wasn't sure if Anya was going to get a happy ending or not so I started reading this with a small sense of trepidation but also a huge amount of confidence that Zevin would give her trilogy the right ending. Anya is now eighteen and has become the owner of a nightclub The Dark Room [...]

    23. In diesem Buch vergeht so viel Zeit! Aber das war auch sehr wichtig für die Spannung, denn es vergehen Monate zwischen einzelnen Ereignissen und diese Lücken zu füllen, wäre vermutlich langweilig und unnötig gewesen.Das Buch ist in zwei Teile gegliedert, "Das Zeitalter der Schokolade" und "Das Zeitalter der Liebe", das fand ich schön, weil es zum einen den Titel des Buches "In the Age of Love and Chocolate" aufgreift, und weil es vor allem große Unterschiede gibt was die Handlung betrifft [...]

    24. This is the true coming-of-age tale in the trilogy. Anya sets in motion the nightclub idea that she had in the end of book two. An integral part of her plan is a partnership with Charles Delacroix, and Win doesn’t like that one bit. So he demands that she chooses between him and her nightclub. This volume lacks the action and conspiracy of the second and feels like an extended denouement. The quick pace of the second volume is replaced with an emotional depth and emerging maturity in Anya. She [...]

    25. This is probably one of the best YA trilogies I've ever read. The first two books were AMAZING, packed with all the things I love -- character development, strong plot, a proactive heroine. But I felt that Anya lost some of her BAMF qualities in this book, and her narration felt a bit more -- distant, I guess. Which is maybe understandable, given all the bad things that happened, but I was left with an overall feeling of sadness and loneliness, even with the hopeful ending. Plotwise, a lot happe [...]

    26. While I enjoyed this series as a whole I think that the first book was the strongest, with the second and third book being less compelling. I did enjoy this book and it was interesting to learn how Anya would turn out. There were a few surprises but no huge twists and the ending was what I was expecting. The audio version is really good and the narrator was pretty amazing at capturing all the different accents required for the various characters. I knew exactly who was speaking just by the voice [...]

    27. I honestly don't remember the last time I read a series conclusion that worked so well and was so emotionally satisfying. It also doesn't feel entirely like a YA book anymore, less because the characters are older and more because of the longer timespan covered and the elements of nostalgia.

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    29. I really love this series! I suggest everyone drop what you're doing immediately and read these books More on Http://mouseheadandtales@weebly

    30. ACTUAL RATING: 3.75 I was worried that this wouldn't end on a good note since the book took a 180° compared to the first two books, but thankfully it ended nicely.

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