Author: James Michael Larranaga
Date of Publication: March 15th 2014
Source: Review copy from the author via NetGalley
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I received a free copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you NetGalley and JML!
I decided to download this book on a bit of a whim after thinking it sounded like an interesting concept, and I wasn't let down!
Darius is a Goth, and will become a Vampire if he stops taking a special pill, the Reds, a Government pill to stop these pre-Vampires. His mum also takes them, because she is very ill. He takes the decision to stop taking the Reds, but also takes Blood Orange Soda to speed up the process. This, along with meeting some new people, all has it's own problems.
"He beat me because I'm a Goth on the Red pill,
I'm not fully a human and I'm not fully a Vampire either."
Aspects and parts of this book were understated, or mildly confusing, like his mum's illness, but I thoroughly enjoyed it in the general sense.
I think the best bit of Blood Orange Soda was the relationships, be it romantic, familial or friendly. They were all described and developed so I got a real love for each character and their relationship to our protagonist, Darius.
As for Darius, I thought he was a purely misunderstood teenager (with the whole Vampire thing added, too). The way he talked was slightly annoying and stroppy at some points, but at others, I could see the amount of care he had for his family and friends.
"In hers, there's a sadness- in mine,
there's actually a glimmer of hope."
As I mentioned previously, I really liked the concept. It was almost like being a Vampire was just like an average clique, like jocks or geeks, completely normal and nothing new. Also, that Blood Orange Soda was like a sacred contraband, that had "normal" people going mad if they drank it.
Overall, this was a really thought-provoking, enjoyable read with a unique Vampire angle.