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Blood Orange Soda (Book) Review

 
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4/ 5


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A nice mix of normal teenage issues and paranormal chaos, with very likable characters.

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There are some law breaking themes, for parents who prefer to keep their kids away from that sort of thing.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Darius is a young guy with more than the usual problems on his mind. As a freshman in high school, he has the normal stuff to worry about – homework, girls, neanderthal bullies. But for Darius, life is a lot more complicated than that. His father died years ago, his mother is in the process […]

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Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Darius is a young guy with more than the usual problems on his mind. As a freshman in high school, he has the normal stuff to worry about – homework, girls, neanderthal bullies. But for Darius, life is a lot more complicated than that. His father died years ago, his mother is in the process of following him to the grave, and his relationship with his best friends and bandmates has gotten a little weird lately. Oh yeah – he also has to decide if he wants to become a vampire or live out his life as a normal. Heavy stuff, man.

Blood Orange Soda is set in present times, and for the most part things are pretty normal at Darius’ high school. In a lot of ways, the story proceeds just as you’d expect for a high school coming of age story. In the world of Blood Orange Soda, though, vampires live among us. The twist in this story is that it’s both widely known and accepted. Young vampires are given a government subsidy to take daily tables called Reds, which prevent any sort of bloodlust in mature vampires and prevent transformation from taking place in immature ones. Biting or drinking blood is illegal – but that hasn’t stopped a rampant black market from dealing in stolen blood supplies.

All of that makes being a vampire a rather commonplace sort of thing, and they aren’t perceived to be monsters of any sort in the Blood Orange Soda world. However, they are considered to be outsiders, and Darius is tired of being kicked around. When he decides to make the transformation, he has a little bit of extra help to move the process along – Blood Orange Soda – but little does he realize how very complicated things will become as his body begins to change and he trains for the fight of his life.

Blood Orange Soda is a nice mix of normal teenaged angst and supernatural vampire issues. It strikes just the right note of relatable teenage issues blended with supernatural life. It’s a great choice for young readers who are fans of vampire fiction, or anyone looking for a great coming of age story.

 


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)