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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 wa...more
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Published April 30th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press (first published April 29th 2012)
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 05, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: ARR
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Quick review:

Cover:Very Pretty
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: A story that made me say WoW!
Characters: Well done
Plot: Falling asleep and waking up in a rabbit hole you don’t want to get out of.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Demitri

SUMMARY (60 words or less)

When I saw the name Demitri followed by boarding school, I thought VA and I got nervous. Let’s just say, you won’t be thinking of that series for very long. My only complaint about this book is that it...more
Edrillan (vampire junkie)
Let me just start this review by saying THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!
I so love this one....to be totally honest I really liked its plot from the first time I saw it so I've been waiting for this ever since..but a little part of me is afraid cause that time all the books I've read is either the plot is too much it became boring or the plot is good but the book is not.... and I really really don't want to ruin my good views in this book.....but still I tried and I'm so glad I did. the story started from the...more
Glass
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What we thought about it...

Storyline
{Glass} Interesting plot. I had my share of doubts first time I herad about this book. It reminded me too much of manga/anime The Vampire Knight with all that stuff about night and day students, but that's where all similarities ends. I liked paranormal elements of the story - zombie-like creatures living hidden in human society, secret kingdoms and two boys on the throne. My biggest problem with T...more
Jessi Larie
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads

3.5/5

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...more
Katrina
Phoenix McKay finds outs why curfew is at sunset at Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Here Phoenix finds a group of students walking the halls and finds herself in a predicament. They threaten to taste her flesh - - until along comes Demitri – he is handsome and alluring. Pale skinned, dark eyes and hair and Phoenix find that she not only is mesmerized by his aura but his irresistible demeanour. ** he is her knight in shining armour so to speak ** swoo...more
Gianne
Overall rating: 2.5 stars

Um. Hm. I'm at a loss for words (and it's not the good kind).

WHAT I LIKED:

Taste actually had a unique paranormal twist!

I come into this book expecting vampires galore, but I was completely wrong! (And so far off...) I love it when books surprise me like this, and this twist was pretty refreshing to read about than the usual angels, werewolves, etc.

The world building = original.

I can't go too into depth about the world building or else I'll spoil said paranormal twist, bu...more
Eunice
3.75 stars

Well, this book was a pleasant surprise for me. I wasn't expecting that much on this one and to be honest I had some doubt I'd end up really enjoying it. But I'm pleased to report that this book is actually a very interesting one. It might not have instantly caught my interest during the first parts but as I went deeper to the story I realized that it had eventually intrigued me. The characters and the world Kat created were indeed a very unique and fantastic and I'm happy to say that...more
Haley
Ok this isn't a vampire books. It's a "sexy men who eat flesh, crave flesh, desire flesh...blah blah flesh." I had a total creep factor come to life...in this book. I did enjoy it, and have no buyers regret. But eating flesh. (*Screams shrilly and pulls hair while running through the house turning all the lights on*) I hate things eating flesh.

What I enjoyed.

Demitri. How can you not love a man(albeit a flesh eating one) who is willing to always save you and has a uncompromising desire for you....more
Aira Shey Pega
Ugh. Phoenix was one of the most annoying female protagonist I have ever read about! She is so selfish and think of nothing but herself and what she wants. She only met Demitri a couple of times then she (view spoiler) and now she claimed that she was oh sooo in looove with him?

Ohh Pleaaseee.


I am so sick of the 'insta-love' thingie.
It's like Phoenix can't survive without him! She is so dependent and clingy and just plain annoying. She will gladly go right back in th...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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What we thought about it...

Storyline
{Glass} Interesting plot. I had my share of doubts first time I herad about this book. It reminded me too much of manga/anime The Vampire Knight with all that stuff about night and day students, but that's where all similarities ends. I liked paranormal elements of the story - zombie-like creatures living hidden in human society, secret kingdoms and two boys on the throne. My biggest problem with Taste was that it felt ki...more
Tiffany
I accepted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Phoenix." Dray pinched my arm. "Ow!" I scowled at him. "What was that for?" "Stop ogling my brother and pay attention."

I absolutely fell in love with this book. Kate makes 'zombies' sexy. Gone are the decaying, mindless shufflers hell bent on eating brains.

The story Kate has spun kept me reading page after page without taking a break. I just had to know what would happen next. Phoenix is a likable main character who is smart...more
Raizza Mae Cinco
An ecopy of Taste was given to me by Kate Evangelista for an honest review.

Well, I am not yet done reading, and that is a big, BIG sign for me. If I am very slow on reading a book it just means that it has not grabbed my attention. Why do I find Taste not interesting?

1.) Writing style. I am not a fan of the style used. It's way too flowery, too here and there, and just dull.
2.) Characters. Mary Sue-ish, cardboard-ish characters! Oh, they just make me want to stop reading Taste!
3.) Romance. Uh-hu...more
Kelly
I'm a sucker for love triangles, I love them but I hate them at the same time. Does it make sense? Maybe. Maybe not. The thing is, I hate to choose between a character or another and that's probably why I get attached to both. So at the end of the book I'll feel bad for the one who isn't 'chosen'..

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But also good for the one who's gonna be happy with the girl.

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Because yeah, that's often one girl with two hot guys. But I'm not complaining, because I like it that way! Anyway, I got lost into my exp...more
Serena (The Book Comedian)


OMG YES YES YESSSSS

Right now I am just a girl, a very happy girl.

I liked this book so much guys so much.

I didn't read the description of this book in much detail before I started reading it so for a good amount of time I thought I was reading a book about vampires (especially when they had characters named Vladimir and Dimitri which soo reminded me of Vampire Academy) and I was pretty much just as surprised as Phoenix when she found out the truth.

I think a huge part of the reason why I liked thi...more
Booknut
Who knew zombies could be...hot?!

And I certainly do not mean body temperature ;)

April (Books4Juliet)
I Totally Loved It! Awesome-sauce. A delicious book to taste and devour. Full Review at: Books4Juliet

The moment I started readingTaste, I couldn't put it down. It was a total page-turner book that kept me awake until past 3 in the morning! It was engrossing and very captivating.

The story started when Phoenix McKay accidentally broke the one and only rule at Barinkoff Academy: No students on campus after curfew. Falling asleep at the library isn't a goodthingafter all. Now she must face her fate...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Academy? Check! Hot Boys? Double Check! A girl who breaks all the rules? Check! I am honored to read this book especially since I have been waiting for her to get published. And folks, Taste did not disappoint.

I'm going to start off with what I felt was unique in the book. The story line follows a young girl who pretty much lost everything in her life. Her mother is out of her life and her father is busying himself elsewhere. I like that Ms. Evangelist present the reader with such strong emotion...more
Mandy Sickle
Opening Sentence

I jerked awake to the first note of the bell in the east tower. The metallic clang of the chorus of the school song reverberated in my gut, causing a burst of panic to explode in my chest. The tolls yanked me from my seated position to my feet like a pair of rough hands Great, Phoenix McKay! Only you would fall asleep in the library past curfew.

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I received Taste from the author in return for a honest review as part of a R2R from We <3 YA Books group on goodreads. Phoenix...more
Greta
3 stars is a very kind rating.
Brief Summary:
Phoenix is a student at the Barinkoff Academy. One night, while accidentally breaking curfew, she learns that there are Night Students at the academy and they aren't human. Soon she's in the underground world of the Zamvi. They are a flesh eating species.Soon she's helping them in a medical experiment that might help them from dying out. She's been temporarily transformed into one of them and she has formed an unsanctioned bond with Prince Demitri. Th...more
Tara Fuller
Kate Evangelista blew me away with this book. If you know me, you now I am a huge zombie fan. But after a while you sort of feel like you’ve seen it all when it comes to the walking dead. That was not the case with this book. This was such a fresh take on zombies that I am still jumping up and down over how much I adored this book.
Phoenix is thrown into a situation that would leave most human’s terrified. She stumbles into a world of flesh eaters. I was so pleased Phoenix as a female lead. She w...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 4.5

(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

When I get curious about something, the saying "curiosity killed the cat" always pops into my head for some reason. But curiosity is a hunger that will demand to be sated until it is, and like what happens to me almost always, it leads to a fascinating discovery for the heroine in Taste, Phoenix.

At first, Phoenix seemed like a girl who didn't care about anything. She didn't know it, but I felt like she lived her da...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ARR #32 in the We ♥ YA Books! group, in exchange for an honest review.)

Alright, first, I appreciated that there weren't any vampires in this book. This might not ring a bell to every reader, far from it, but the "prestigious academy with day students and night students" is something I had already read about in a manga (Vampire Knight); it would've been too bad if "Taste" had been about 'mere' vampires in that regard, and I much preferred the flesh-eating appr...more
Lynn Rush
WOW!!! Great book. Intense. Such a unique take on Zombies, really. Absolutely loved it. I did get lost in some of the politics of the world--but that's just me, I get lost pretty easily with that stuff--the thing is, it didn't detour me at all. I just LOVED this story. So descriptive, intriguing, addicting....

The writing is crisp and engaging. I could picture everything around me. I kept thinking I needed to get to bed or get some chores done, but I just couldn't stop reading. I LOVE that in a b...more
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
Creative, winning and desirable, I loved TASTE! Phoenix McKay is a girl who is unusual, sensitive and a definite sleeper with her witty comebacks and fighter moments, she's a girl who can't be trifled with. (view spoiler) TASTE was completely original to the brim with 'flesh eaters' (view spoiler) down to the toll of no vampires and werewolves. Entertaining and refreshing, Kate Evangelista ha...more
Lyn  Ching
looking forward to reading this....
Michelle
I've totally enjoyed how Kate has started off with Taste and how it moved on from there. It's totally engaging and mysterious at the same time. This urged me to turn the pages and to find out more.

Taste started with Phoenix, a day student at Barinkoff, awakened by the chime of the bell signalling the end of the day school and all students were not to remain in school or face expulsion. She tried to leave the school and for some reason, she couldn't. That was when she saw some night students and...more
Chrissa
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

Okay. Where to start? Hmm. It's not what I initially thought it was. I don't know if I'm only stupid or there's really no intention of giving away the plot. Ha. But it was what made the story interesting. I mean, holy freaking molly I didn't expect that. The plot was very unique and I actually liked it. It's very rare to find a book with an unusual plot and that's a sky-high point for me.

Phoenix was a very tough and brave girl. I env...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Taste is a refreshing new take on Zombies. I have to say that I read quite a few Zombie books but this one is so different. Kate Evangelista has done a great job at putting Zombies and humans together where they coexist but neither one knows about the other until one regular day student finds herself at the mercy of the night students.

Phoenix McKay is a day student at Barinkoff Academy where she studies and hangs out with her only friend. One day she is in the library studying when she falls asl...more
Lucie Fuentes
A nice story from which I would have want to know more details about ...

Encounters with flesh eaters is what you will expect to find while turning the pages of this supernatural story.
Except that these zombies are nothing like the ones in horror movies with the usual undead stereotypes...
Rather, they are charming, well educated and with tons of principles.

If the originality of the creatures which the reader follows the adventures of brings a little change from the usual monsters.
I found tha...more
Between the Bind
Taste is a unique book - written from the POV of intelligent, quirky, and slightly annoying 17-year-old Phoenix. After dealing with an unexplainable family death, Phoenix is more detached from humankind than ever - although she does have one friend...well, not quite a friend but a roommate - who she likes...mostly. ;)

Ms. Evangelista allows readers to grow with Phoenix, through her discovery of the Night Students and her own internal healing, giving us a book wrought with emotion, humor, and love...more
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