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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review of Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga

I received Blood Orange Soda from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED everything about this book. I thought the cover was cool, but the real prize was within. Blood Orange Soda was unlike anything I've ever read.

It's due out on March 15, 2014.

My Review: Blood Orange Soda was the most delicious novel I've read in quite some time. I absolutely loved this book. The world building was fleshed out in amazing detail. I enjoyed the author's imagination and take on groups: Normals, Vampires, Goth Vamps, Emo's...you name it, Mr. Larranaga dreamt it.

A truly original spin on Vampires. I loved the slang in the book which only made Blood Orange Soda that much more believable from the perspective of a teenage boy.

Our main character Darius, is in this novel, a typical Goth Vamp, conflicted about transitioning into an actual Vampire. Society offers "Reds", a pharmaceutical option that Vampires and pre-Vamps may take in order to remain human, or prevent the change.

Situations crop up throughout the novel that justifies Darius' decision to not only go off the medication, but to digest Blood Orange Soda to speed up the progression into transforming into a Vampire.

I admired the way the author wrote the relationships throughout the novel. Weezer, Angel, Jack, Virginia...And my heart absolutely clenched up tight at how under the guyliner, metal, and cool image, Darius wasn't afraid to cry in front of his mother and for his mother. Those parts of the novel were very emotional and beautifully written.

I loved the musical references, especially the John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy." It was profound and meaningful. And to me, Darius is a beautiful boy and Blood Orange Soda is a beautiful novel. This one is Two True! A winner!
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