I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga
Genres: Young Adult
Blood Orange Soda, was an interesting read to say the least. The author does an amazing job of voicing the main character “Darius” right from the start; I felt like I was experiencing a teenager’s point of view.
The plot and storyline were unique compared to other books I have read in the paranormal genre. I give two thumbs-up to the author for providing a creative and fresh perspective to a genre that has been done and redone too many times to count!! I liked that this story centered around a teenage boy thoughts, feelings and life versus the usual angst ridden female role normally seen in most stories.
Darius experiences a lot of problems that many teens face today, bullying, self-expression, family issues and girl problems just to name a few.
The setting and the idea of this story are what made it unique, in my opinion, and what made it stand out in my mind. Just imagine a future where vampires exist and everyone is given a choice to go through the change or take a magic red pill to remain “normal” The author tells the story in a way that you think you know what the outcome will be, but you’re then thrown for a loop and left amazed. I feel the story was told in a way that was meant to be humorous and thought-provoking, with the added benefit of a paranormal twist. This will be a great addition to any teen/pre-teen collection, a book that will instill confidence and give them something they can relate to and take away from after reading.