Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Taste

Title - Taste
Author - Kate Evangelista
Series or standalone - Standalone
Genre - Young Adult Paranormal
Published April 30th 2012
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Rating 5 out of 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.

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.

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 McKay is a student at Barinkoff Academy, the school has a rule no students on campus after curfew. One night Phoenix stays late researching in the library in her attempt to sneak out she encounters students who aren't like the ones she's used too. Instead these students want to eat her flesh, but she's saved by Demitri who delivers her back to her dorm with the threat that he won't tell the head master as long as she doesn't do it again. Phoenix is full of questions who are these students that attend the school at night, why do they want to eat her flesh. 

Phoenix isn't good with being told not to do something, so she sneaks into Drays lab a second night to find out who these students are and what they really are. She's caught by Demitri again and this time he leaves he passed out on the table in the library for all as a lesson, the head master also threatens to kick her out if it happens again. Dray approaches Phoenix to ask for her help in saving his people, she takes it catching a rare glimpse into the world of the Zhamvy but life isn't wonderful they are dying and Phoenix might be there only chance. 

I Loved everything about this book. Phoenix reminds me of myself during my teenage days, she's headstrong and not afraid to do what she wants. She is totally a kick ass heroine in my book. The guys she's dealing with are all yummy even though they eat flesh. They characters are just so well written you can almost see them as if a movie in your mind. This book sucked me in and I didn't put it down till I was done staying up all night because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I liked that their were a few twists I didn't see coming it creates a little mystery. The zombie aspect is very unique to any other zombie book I've read it makes you look at them in a whole new light. I can that Taste is now one of my favorite books, I just love everything about it. 

Teaser about who the Zhamvy are.

“Don’t tempt me.” I crossed my arms. “So, are you going to tell me what you are? You’re certainly not human.”
“Maybe a step up from being human. We’re an ancient race called Zhamvy… we’re akin to what you humans call zombies. Just not ugly and mindless. Humans have bastardized who and what we are, but if you’ve ever wondered where the mythology of eating humans came from…well, that’s us.”
“Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait!” I held my hands up as if to brace myself. “You mean to say you’re like, eat-my-brains zombies? You’ve got to be kidding me!”
A silent moment passed between Dray and Demitri.
“A bastardized way of describing us. We merely consume flesh, not brain matter or any other organs,” Demitri explained.
“But, you’re not dead. Or at least you’re not the walking dead, right?”
His expression returned to its emotionless state. “What part of bastardized escapes your understanding?”
I pouted. “So, all those things about zombies—”
“Pure Hollywood, my dear.” Dray tsked. “You humans are queer creatures. You get the names right, but you get the mythology wrong. Zhamvy actually means supreme deity when translated from our language to yours.”
“You’re gods?” My jaw popped from having been dropped to many times in the span of a few minutes.
“Only when we used to rule your lot. Some of us like to think of ourselves as being at the top of the food chain, that’s all. Apex predators if you will.”

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