Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on May 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Review: Taste by Kate EvangelistaTaste by Kate Evangelista
Published by Crescent Moon Press (4.30.2012)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, 259 pages
Source: From the author
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3.5 Stars

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.

My thoughts

Before I read this, with the mention of Night and Day students I just couldn’t help myself…I immediately thought of this:
So of course I was intrigued! It ended up being almost nothing like Vampire Knight, though, and I was pleasantly surprised at how unique the story was.
I usually despise love triangles, but this one wasn’t bad at all. I gotta hand it to Phoenix, she stuck with her decision. It was never really a competition for her. And who wouldn’t love being surrounded by two important and sexy men?

Demitri. Cold, distant, aloof. Sexy. A buttface most of the time, but has a protective streak for Phoenix. And did I mention he’s sexy?
Luka. Arrogant yet playful and carefree. Tortured past. Sexy. I’m not a fan of blondes, but I must say I’m team Luka all the way!! His infatuation with Phoenix was rather sudden, but his commandeered kisses had my heart beating faster! I’d be his villyat  any day ;D


So why isn’t it 4 or 5 stars? Well, the problem I had with Taste was that I simply couldn’t connect to the story. I felt a bit detached and emotionless as things were happening. Also,  I didn’t care much for Phoenix most of the time – she kind of annoyed me. It seemed like she overreacted a lot and she was a bit childish and whiny.

Favorite character: LUKA, DUDE.
Plot: 3/5
Originality: 5/5
Writing style: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
All 3 starfish go to Luka ♥ 
World-building: 3/5
Pace: 4/5
Cover: 4/5
Overall rating: 3.5 starfish
Jessi (Geo)

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2 responses to “Review: Taste by Kate Evangelista

  1. What a shame that you couldn’t connect with Phoenix! I always end up disappointed with a book when I have such a feeling. But the boys sure sound sexy :p and a love triangle that isn’t annoying, that has my attention.

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