Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday ~ Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga

Guuuuess what comes out this Friday? No, I'm not talking about it being the Ides of March [which is still plenty important--Julius is a cool dude]. I'm talking about the release of Blood Orange Soda by mates. I've been graced with an early ARC, that which I am reading currently [review to come soon]. Thus, I can present you with this teaser, which, mind you, is from an early, uncorrected ARC, so keep that in mind.

Darius Hunter is a bullied high school freshman. When he drinks Blood Orange Soda to transform into a Vampire and earn respect, he soon learns life as a Vampire has its own challenges.

Set in the future on the rural landscape of St. Cloud, Minnesota where pre-Vampire teens are required by the government to take a daily Red pill to prevent their urge to bite, Blood Orange Soda is a coming of age story of love, life and death.
"A surprisingly affecting vampire story...The author takes familiar themes of YA fiction--vampires and teen romance--and treats them with a surprising empathy and respect that gives them real weight... Its greatest strengths are its relatable characters, who are brought to life by Larranaga’s involving prose style. Darius moves beyond mere believability to seem truly real; no matter how fantastical or commonplace his situation is, readers will likely accept Darius from Page 1--and keep turning the pages...A standout paranormal YA novel."--Kirkus Reviews

Looking forward to reviewing this book, mates! You should read it too, if you're looking for a new spin on vampires and haven't gotten sick of 'em yet ;)

-Captain Kaelyn

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