Author: Kate Evangelista
Published: Appril 30, 2012
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn't realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
Taste was an amazing look into the zombie world and sci-fi. I usually don’t read any of those types of books, ever, but I had to read Taste. I was a reader on The Coffee Bar on Kate’s website and I loved it so much that I had to encourage her to keep writing and loved the fact that she got it published! She wrote an amazing tale of romance and humor and a fight for a cure. You will not be sorry if you read it.
This was not how I pictured the cover. I pictured something with a dark and handsome guy and a girl breaking some type of rule like Phoenix. But I do like the cover. It was dark and mysterious and fit the story.
The writing was exceptional. She did an amazing job with the story and keeping everything straight. She created this whole new world with weird words, and yet she explained everything. You were never questioning anything for a long time. I loved how she changed it from her site to how it is now. The only complaint I have is that on the back of my copy it says Yuri, whose name is actually Luka.
Phoenix was a trouble maker, or at least she used to be. She had changed when she got to Barinkoff and was a better kid. She breaks the one rule though, and that is being on campus after curfew. She’s a curious and brave character. She is selfless and kind. She is also unpredictable and you are left wondering what she is going to do to herself half the time. She does get herself into messes sometimes, but she always has a way to get out of them and always follows through.
Demitri is well… confusing. The perfect way to describe his Katy Perry’s Hot and Cold. One second he is being sweet and kind, the next he is cold and stoic. He is the perfect example of control and when you see that control break it is very interesting. I loved Demitri because you got to see into the life as a prince, and how it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially with a crazy brother who has discovered something bad! J
All in All:
I really enjoyed Taste! It isn’t your average story, and definitely not the story you were expecting!