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Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

by dg_mollyJune 7, 2012

TLDR Recap:

There’s only one rule at Barinkoff Academy: every student must be off campus at sundown or face immediate expulsion. As Phoenix McKay wakes up in the library at sundown, she knows that she’s in deep trouble. Trying to get back to the dorms, Phoenix runs into a group of “students” with ethereal beauty, clothing from another era, and a feral gleam in their eyes that makes her feel like she’s been served up on a platter with a side of fava beans and a nice chianti. As she’s rescued by another of these students, Phoenix comes to realize that things at Barinkoff Academy are definitely not what they seem. Taste is a GraveTells recommended read!

  • Title: Taste
  • Series: N/A
  • Author: Kate Evangelista
  • Prominent Characters: Phoenix, Demitri
  • Recommended Reader Age: 16+
  • Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, YA
  • Sexual Content Level: light

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


Boarding school student Phoenix McKay is not a stranger to trouble. Ever since her mother slowly wasted away in a coma, she seemed to be getting into a lot of it. Way too curious for her own good, Phoenix has a serious problem with authority and doing the opposite of what she’s told. As she wakes up in the library at sundown she realizes that for once, she doesn’t want to be expelled. Looking for a ride back to the dorms, Phoenix is confronted with a group of teens that call themselves the Night Students and not only possess an otherworldly beauty, but that want to taste her…literally. She’s saved by another of these “students,” Demetri, to whom Phoenix is immediately attracted.

Curious by nature, Phoenix must know more about these Night Students and the secrecy that surrounds them. Just her luck, she’s approached by one of them for help and her decision to be selfless is catastrophic. As Phoenix is totally immersed into their world, she discovers a whole kingdom and species that’s not only been hidden from the human world and is on the brink of extinction, but at one time survived by eating human flesh. Her journey is full of action, conspiracy, and lust as she works with Demitri and his brother to save their race.

This book is a non-stop flight from the first page. I wasn’t able to put it down and read it one sitting. I loved Phoenix and connected with her immediately. I have no qualms with this story until the very end. I thought the delivery was too quick and unexplanatory. I was so into this book and unsatisfied with the ending that I found myself searching for any news that there might be sequel. However, let that not be a deterrent to taking this journey. Taste is a definite Gravetells recommended read!

Memorable Quotes:

A Lb. of flesh?

“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me than laughed when I cringed.

“Flesh.” Yep, a parallel universe.

“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”

Just a taste…

“Human,” he whispered.

He reached out, and with a finger, followed an invisible trail down my cheek. I stiffened. His touch, cooler than Demitri’s, caused warm sparks to blossom on my face. He lifted his finger to his lips and licked its tip. He might as well have licked me from the way my body shivered.
Luka’s curious gaze held mine.

“Leave us,” he said, but not to me.

If you liked Taste…

If you enjoyed Taste enticing tales of intrigue, young love, and flesh eaters, don’t miss Lia Habel’s Dearly, Departed: A Zombie Novel, a thrilling novel of action, adventure, and the true meaning of “un-dying” love.

Final Thoughts:

Taste was delicious from beginning to end. Evangelista transports you to a vibrant, multi-dimensional world full of action, intrigue, and romance that you won’t want to stop or be able to put down. My only problem with this book is that it’s not a series! Taste is a recommended read!

Rating: Taste


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