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Taste [Kindle Edition]

Kate Evangelista
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Taste:

"I found myself unable to put down the book once I started. Kate's writing is impeccable and flows beautifully..." --Tammy from Books, Bones & Buffy

"Taste is awesome, addicting, a page-turner and a unique novel. It definitely filled my hunger for a good YA Paranormal/Romance story." -- Ice from Book Whales

"Awesome-sauce! A delicious book to taste and devour." -- April from Books4Juliet

"My Vote for YA Paranormal of the Year!" -- Jinky from Jinky is Reading

"A book that makes the reader feel as if they are the character and not just simply reading about one deserves more stars than just the 5 given!  This book is cleverly written and will keep the reader up until 3:30 in the morning wanting to see what happens next." Heather from YA Fantasy Book Junkie

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Product Details

  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Crescent Moon Press (April 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z1AC78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Novel April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The clang of a bell wakes Phoenix McKay from a nap. Before the second clang, she is on her feet and racing for a door that weighs a metric ton (or, might as well, given her penchant for slacking off in gym class). She slips. A third clang. She manages to open it just enough to slip through. A fourth clang follows, then a fifth. She's late...unforgivably late...for the only appointment of her day that really matters. She stands outside as the sixth and final bell clangs, staring at an undisturbed blanket of show across Barinkoff Academy's parking lot. The school had one rule, inflexibly enforced: no students on campus after curfew. The last bus back to the dormitories left ninety minutes earlier.

It's cold, dark, and the dorms are miles away. She figures that if she's going to get expelled anyway, she might as well try to find a janitor or someone to give her a ride. But the people she finds in the hall aren't Barinkoff staff. They're freakishly beautiful, guys and girls alike, and dressed in clothes from another century. One gleefully informs her that they are the "Night Students." He casually mentions wanting to taste her. She doesn't know what that means, but the look in his eyes leads her to believe he might mean it literally. Just as she thinks running might be a good idea, she finds herself behind a Mr. Tall-Dark-Handsome. His name is Demetri and he clearly intimidates the others. First, he asks the young man if he heard him correctly. Did the word taste cross his lips? He then commands all of his classmates to say nothing about Phoenix to anyone before taking her away, an order that shocks them all.

Demetri leads her straight away to a secret passage that connects the library to the chemistry lab.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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 ** swoon -

However Luka has other plans for Phoenix, he is charming and sexy - and full of mischief. Luka takes Phoenix into a world that she never knew existed. Phoenix is caught between a deadly secret she wants to find out about, her attraction to these mysterious boys and an ancient civilisation living beneath Barinkoff Academy. She maybe the cure to their very existence.

Drays means well, asking Phoenix for her help but in the meantime , the reason for her being there may just be the fuel that Vladimir needs to fuel them into a centuries old feud.

My thoughts!!!

Wow!!! I devoured this story in almost one sitting. Kate has a winner with this Novel - certainly an intriguing and mysterious story filled with its own unique plot and storyline. Kate has created a world of her own - incomparable with any story currently shelved atm - and certainly unmatched by any other. A different spin off on a Flesh eating race. As gory as it sounds, it certainly is not put forth this way. Characters that will draw you into the pages and a read you will find you won't be able to put down.

Kate has created her characters with depth and definition - loyalty and courage. Phoenix I found to be an enjoyable character, very likeable by all means.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TSTL Main Character July 10, 2012
By Angie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
but unfortunately she lives. Phoenix the main female in this book had me hoping she would just perish in the end. The beginning of the book starts out with her being upset and properly afraid of what would happen because she accidentally broke the first rule. She is immediately thrust into a scary situation that takes her hours to finally make it to where she needs to be to do what? Repeat it the next night because she is curious. What! She does these unbelievably stupid things throughout the book. If she is told to keep her eyes down she looks. If she is told to run she stays. If she is told to keep quiet she talks. If she is told to stay hidden she jumps out yelling surprise (OK I am exaggerating this last one but you get the picture). She does not care about her safety or the safety of others and I never got an idea as to why she would be so reckless. The TSTL moments really ruined the book for me.
The story is similar to other books out. Two guys who like the female main character for whatever unknown reason. Female right in the middle of the drama and much of the cause of said drama. There are some interesting aspects to the story but not enough to make up for the unbelievable main character especially for the price of the book :(
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Riley
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't like giving low ratings, but I veered between giving this book a 1 star up to a 3 star rating depending on where I was in the book. I purchased this book based on the summary and the high ratings, plus the fact that I enjoy reading YA paranormal romance. This was another take on flesh-eaters or zombies, but it had an interesting premise reminiscent of the "Vampire Knight" manga (***mild spoilers in parentheses***which features a Day School and a Night School of unique students and a lot of political intrigue).

I liked the plot, the world-building, the action sequences, the male protagonists and even the "mad" scientist in the mix. The problem was that I had a hard time liking Phoenix, the female protagonist. She had some great snarky thoughts, but she generally annoyed me throughout the entire book. While I get that she's a tortured or troubled teen so she's behaving accordingly, she repeatedly does things that are all about her needs and gets instantly mad / irritated / rebellious / reckless the moment that she's asked/told not to do something for her safety. She has a temper, and she has difficulty reigning it in so that she's constantly getting herself and others into trouble or danger, yet somehow it works out through circumstance. I get that she's had a difficult time with something that happened in her family, but the same scene is repeated at least four times in the first half of the book and I never feel the pain, I'm just told what happened.

I got to the point where I wanted to stop reading, but made myself finish the book. However, things started picking up near the last 30% of the book, and I was really hopeful that things would turn around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My wife absolutely loved this series, it is a unique and awesome take on Zombies and was so addicting,
Published 8 days ago by Jarred D. Capellman
5.0 out of 5 stars Original. Fantastic. Loved it.
I was really enthralled by this book. It was so unique. With the whole Day and Night students, I thought this was a vampire story. It's not. Read more
Published 18 days ago by M. Natz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!!
This book is the first book I've read by Ms. Kate..
And I loved it!!
Eeekkk!! The story and characters are great.
Loved it much!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Myra Espino
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This is one of my favorite books!! Such an original, amazing story...I cannot say enough good things about it! Not at all what I expected and I loved every second of it.
Published 10 months ago by Kw5
4.0 out of 5 stars It’s original, unique and so fun.
It was years ago that I first saw Taste on my Goodreads feed. I immediately added it to my TBR pile. I mean, flesh eaters. Hellllllo awesome. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tonyalee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I never thought zombies (well, in this case a Zhamvy) could be attractive, but in Taste? Oh, yeah. Intriguing world, feisty heroine, two Zhamvy princes who would tempt any girl... Read more
Published 11 months ago by CJ Burright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I've read this book twice now and still love it! romance and action can't ask for more than that :)
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and unique
This is an unusual and very entertaining paranormal story. I normally do not read this genre, but having read Savor by Kate Evangelist, curiosity got the best of me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gloria Herrera
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Everything seemed rushed and tied together with a nice bow at the ending. Needed more world building and character development, but the overall story was new and refreshing.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Fell Flat
I had such high high hopes for this book! The plot is pretty blegh, it could use some work. Some of the characters are fantastic though, Dray and Luka.
Published 14 months ago by Distant Dweller
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More About the Author

When Kate Evangelista 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 of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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