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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Taste

Title: Taste
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Reviewer: Elisa

Summary: 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.(goodreads.com)

Review:  This book starts out right in the middle of things. Phoenix has fallen asleep in the library and misses curfew to get out of school. Anyone that misses curfew will be expelled, no questions. Somehow she finds a rescuer in one of the Night Students (they are all gorgeous by the way) who tells her she almost died and don’t come back. The very next night she decides to stay at school and blow through curfew so she can talk to one of the guys she met, she has questions.  It is funny, she has more fear on her meeting with the headmaster thinking she will be expelled, than when she confronts people who want to eat her flesh.

Wow, the pieces that fall together. The story that continues…the tastes of temptation these boys drop. Phoenix has an annoying habit of doing exactly the opposite of what is asked or demanded of her. It gets her in trouble at every turn, but it moves the story forward. And since it is a first person narrative, it makes it much more exciting for us readers! In fact, this girl wears her heart on her sleeve and everything she thinks pops out of her mouth, consequences be damned! But boy, it makes for a tense story.

There is a little bit of a love triangle for a time. There is intrigue in this world and something is wrong that they need Phoenix’s help to fix, so she is pulled into their world which is quite different from ours. They have a king and distinct and strict class system, are super strong and amazingly beautiful.

This book sucked me in from the first couple of pages and didn’t unhinge its jaws until the end. It was a lot of fun to read and nerve-wracking at times. That Phoenix couldn’t seem to do what was good for her got frustrating, but it worked. The romance was super steamy, yet they don’t do more than kiss. I loved it.

 - Elisa

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