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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,684 ratings  ·  333 reviews
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
Paperback, 259 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Crescent Moon Press (first published April 29th 2012)
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May 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Why did I want to read this? It is soooooo stupid!

Think Vampire Academy bad knock-off. Rose Phoenix is at an exclusive school for the super elite. She is also immature, reckless, a poor decision-maker, overly emotional, and every kind of ridiculous.

The school has a strict curfew rule. If you are on campus after curfew, you are expelled. No exceptions. (except when there is an exception)

Phoenix falls asleep in the library and breaks the rule. As she runs to leave campus, she finds out there are
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: ARR
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
From my blog Auntie Spinelli Reads


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
Edrillan (vampire junkie)
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start this review by saying THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!
I so love this 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
***NOTE! Review & GIVEAWAY posted on blog Ja čitam, a ti?.

What we thought about it...

{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
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Overall rating: 2.5 stars

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


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
Serena (The Book Comedian)


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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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'..


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


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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Who knew zombies could!

And I certainly do not mean body temperature ;)

Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Taste by Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Ecopy provided by the author

(Old review - original posted on June 20, 2012)

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
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
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, traded
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 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.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I Totally Loved It! Awesome-sauce. A delicious book to taste and devour. Full Review at: Books4Juliet

The moment I started reading Taste, 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 good thing after all. Now she must face her fa
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
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What we thought about it...

{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
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.

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
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
Phoenix McKay has become one of my favorite YA heroines. She is everything you expect a YA Heroine to be-tough, independent & doesn't take crap from anyone. At the same time though, she has a lot of things that make her vulnerable. She's still getting over the fact that her mom died & there wasn't anything anyone could do to save her and that her dad pretty much ignores her. The only way she get his attention is by getting into trouble.

Phoenix lands herself at Barinkoff Academy, at finds
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-must-reads
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
The BookWhisperer
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The synopsis was something that did not make me long to read Taste, instead it just made me shrug and think, “Eh.” But I sat down and started reading and within the a few pages I had to reassess my “Eh” into an “Oh! This is going to be good.”

And it was! I really enjoyed the fantasy ride Evangelista took me on. Never would I have thought that Demetri’s race is a zombie. Not what we would consider a zombie but a race that is almost as old as the gods. The “Zhamvy” (or zombie) race is deeply hidde
Tara Fuller
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynn Rush
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Talia (Red Hot Ink)
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Whoever wants to crawl into an endless rabbit hole
Shelves: ya-pn-romance
Hi everyone,

Taste was an unexpected surprise for me. Meaning, I expected a whole different thing. Lucky me, what I found didn't disappoint me. However, there are a few things to be said.

But let's don't rush things.
First. The cover.
It is actually really cool, isn't it? At first, it reminded me a little too much of the "Fallen" series and had me wrinkling my nose, but it turned out this story was nothing like the sappy, cheesy one starring cardboars Luce and Daniel.

No, here the main character is a
Elle (Ligia)
I just finished reading Taste and I’m in this state of bliss I get after I finish a good book. It’s the best part of reading. Ah!

Anyway. First of all, I’d like to thank Kate Evangelista for providing me with an e-copy of this amazing book. I truly enjoyed it, Kate, so thank you.

Now to the actual review…
The subject of matter in Taste was a first for me. For starters I had no idea it was about these amazing creatures (I realize I didn’t read the description quite so thoroughly), and granted I was
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When Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed and No Holding Back, was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literat ...more
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