Taste – Kate Evangelista


Author: Kate Evangelista

Rating: 3/5


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.


At first, I thought this would end up being some vampire love story. I was pleasantly surprised, because they end up being entirely different.

Phoenix’s mother died a few years ago, and since then, she attracts trouble. Barinkoff Academy has one rule: do not be on campus after dark. Unfortunately for Phoenix, she falls asleep in the library til past curfew. With what they were hiding, I expected them to patrol the campus for leftover teenagers before so, but alas.

Phoenix soon learns about the night school program, but oh, no, they aren’t typical teenagers. Not even vampires. A race of Zhamvy live beneath the mountain, flesh eaters who have long since been called zombies by the rest of us.

Phoenix is saved by the beautiful Demitri when she is nearly eaten by other Zhamvy… he whisks her away from the academy and safely back to her dorms.  However, homegirl didn’t learn the lesson the first time, and purposely stays past curfew the very next night. Phoenix is chased by Demitri’s betrothed and meets Luka.

Safely back in her own world, Phoenix decides to stay away, only to be pulled back in by Dray, Demitri’s brother, who asks for her help in an experiment to save the Zhamvy. She obliges, not knowing that Dray means to change her into a flesheater herself.

The first few chapters were slow, and this was a decent read. Why this is only three stars, is because of the whole insta-lust-love-want-to-mate between Phoenix and Demitri. While the plot is original, the characters are a bit two dimentional, and Phoenix, who is supposed to be some near genius (the school is for the overtly intelligent), she’s good at whining and asking inane, stupid questions.

Taste had a lot of potential and an original storyline, but it didn’t live up to it’s potential.

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